Year-round sunshine is perfect for those of us who love getting out and exploring the vast landscape Florida has to offer. If you're feeling a sense of adventure and need a new place to go, Myakka River State Park offers the most diverse views that will make any nature lover's heart sing - a true nature oasis.
When we think of Sarasota, we certainly don't usually think of the landscape, but Myakka's 37,000-acres might just change your mind. The lush greenery of this park meets the Myakka River, which flows steadily in its gorgeous tea-colored hue over 58 square miles.
The trees here are quite the thing to behold too, sweeping across canopied paths with their Spanish moss-covered branches. Words simply don't do the beauty of this park justice.
Hike the boardwalk trails through the forest and wander up into the trees on their treetop boardwalks and observation tower for some of the most unmatched views of the park.
If you want to see more than the canopied forest paths, venture across the park and admire vast wetlands, offering a completely different kind of beautiful view. They even have a wildflower field for you to frolic in, fulling all of your floral needs - and is hands-down one of the best places to snap a quick Insta-shot.
Myakka is great for anyone looking to explore nature, and those who love to camp will feel at home here too. They have primitive camping plots available, rv hookups, hammock camping plots, and even little cabins that can be rented to groups.
If you decide to camp, you won't want to forget your kayak to enjoy Myakkas river views. Of course, if you want to stay dry, the fishing, hiking, and wildlife spotting here simply cannot be beaten.
Add this place to your list of places to check out before the summer is over and plan one last road trip with your BFFs - you could even satisfy your wanderlust by traveling to another country without ever leaving the state.
No matter how you like to enjoy nature, Myakka State Park will take you on an adventure with the most stunning views you'll never forget.
Myakka River State Park
Address: 13208 State Road 72 Sarasota FL 34241
Hours: 8am-Sunset 365 days a year; unless you're camping overnight that is. Cabins and camping plots can be reserved here.
Why you need to go: Some of the most stunning views Sarasota has to offer! Camp with your BFFs for a relaxing nature retreat weekend, paddle down the river on your kayak, frolic the wildflower fields, observe wildlife in the wetlands, or hike the trails and sky-high boardwalks. Cheap and beautiful place to enjoy nature.