Florida is a very flat state. There aren’t a lot of scenic overlooks in Florida, but then The Sunshine State isn’t known for its dramatic scenery either. That’s OK — it’s got fantastic beaches, the world’s best theme parks and often the country’s best weather.
Myakka River State Park bills itself as “Where the River and the Prarie Meet the Sky” so you know you’re in for a flat-ish experience. Yet when I saw that there was a canopy walkway and tower in the park, I couldn’t resist. And it was free, with park admission.
Our main purpose of visiting Myakka River State Park was to see the alligators in Upper Myakka Lake. We had fun on our ride on the Gator Gal, but it was an unusually chilly day (but sunny!) so we didn’t see too many reptiles. After a surprisingly delicious lunch at the park’s gift shop/restaurant, we wanted to explore the park more. So we decided to check out the Myakka Canopy Walkway.
The canopy walkway consists of one 35-ft-high tower, an 85-ft-long suspension bridge and then a 74-ft-high tower, which had a lot of steps! It was a fun diversion and good exercise, but, well, there wasn’t much to see. It was actually built by a director of Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for research purposes and not just for the amusement of park visitors.
It was nice though to get a bird’s eye view though on those palm trees. So while it wasn’t quite The Hanging Bridges Tour in Costa Rica, we still enjoyed a fresh perspective on “the Real Florida.” The interior of Florida can be really quite beautiful, yet it’s not typically what comes to mind when people think about the state. It was a nice taste of Florida’s land, and it made me want to visit The Everglades even more.