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Sarasota, Florida
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The two RV Gypsies visited
Myakka River State Park and Alligators
May 24, 2011

The park is located 9 miles E of I-75 at 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL

Cost to enter the park in May of 2011 was $6 per vehicle. Tours were extra.

The two RV Gypsies toured Myakka River State Park and while driving to the "tour area" to take an airboat tour, they stopped on a bridge to photograph an alligator in the water below.
Myakka River State Park - sign
alligator at Myakka River State Park
The two RV Gypsies' prepared for their airboat ride among the alligators. As professional travelers, they have taken airboat rides among alligators many times in different places, but the two RV Gypsies still like photographing the alligators, even though it is no longer a new experience for them.
sign - do not feed alligators at Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park scenery

the air boat at Myakka River State Park

The two RV Gypsies hopped aboard one of the world's largest airboats, a slow-moving but powerful air-powered boat that ventured into shallow, grassy areas where traditional craft of such size could not go. The leisurely ride was safe and smooth, and allowed ample time for photographs. The two RV Gypsies were lucky enough to get the only seats in the bow of the boat, in front of the driver.
Karen is on the airboat, taking photographs while waiting for the other passengers to be seated.
Karen Duquette on the airboat waiting for takeoff
The Myakka River is unique among America's freshwater lakes.
The two RV Gypsies on the airboat, ready for take-off
the beginning of the airboat tour at Myakka River State Park
Kayakers and a canoe on the Myakka River
The first alligator
kayakers and a canoe on the Myakka River
lilly pads at Myakka State Park
Lily Pads on the Myakka River. The guide says the flowers only open up from noon to 4 p.m. daily.
Lilly pads
Lilly pads
Karen photographed a dragon fly and a large bird flying overhead
Karen captures a dragon fly
a bird
Lee photographed the 2nd alligator - some of them were hard to see among the lily pads
Lee Duquette on the airboat at Myakka River State Park
There were lots of Alligators at Myakka River State Park - below is # 3, 4, & 5
Lee Duquette photographs an alligator
two alligators
Several more alligators swam out from under the boat and just appeared at the bow of the boat where the two RV Gypsies were sitting.
alligator at Myakka River
big alligator
Approaching the dock to tie up the airboat, meant a slight slam into the docking pole.
approaching the dock
tie up
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You may visit any of the below seven (7) sections in any order you choose. The page you are on is grayed out and cannot be chosen from here.
KOA campground in Venice
Tram Safari tour
Canopy Walk

Wild Birds at Myakka River State Park

Fort Myers
woodpecker surprise & Zeke's in Englewood
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have visited all seven sections above, please continue on to Plant City, Florida and Dinosaur World