13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34242
It is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks, and as a result, there is no shortage of things to do. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through the heart of the 58-square-mile wilderness playground. Tour the lake on one of the world's largest airboats or take to the treetops on the canopy walkway. There's also excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bike riding and bird-watching. The park has cabins and backcountry sites as well as a full-service family campground. Campsites are $22 a night.
Park admission is $5 per carload. Boat tours ($12 per adult) leave every 90 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m. No credit cards are accepted. Cameras are recommended.
The park's canopy walkway has elevated boardwalks that soar above the treetops to give you a bird's eye view of the wildlife there. Read this 2007 story about it.
It's also part of our Top 10 list of places to take your family camping.