Experience the Real Florida! Located along the magnificent southwestern Florida coast, the Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail has a unique blend of history and natural beauty…this is Old Florida at its best. During your journey, you will pass by dining, hotels, resorts, and rental properties. Stop in for dinner, chat with the friendly locals and learn more! Begin your adventure at the El Jobean historic district, one of more than a dozen historic spots along the Trail. Return to the Trail, cross the Myakka River, and travel southward to the Cape Haze Loop. Try the 5-and-a-half-mile-long Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. The well-maintained trail follows an abandoned early 20th century rail line. Continuing along the Cape Haze Loop, you will arrive at Placida, a gateway to adventure with a variety of water activities. Stop in for locally famous waterfront dining at The Fishery. Schedule time for the Placida Seafood Festival and Nautical Flea Market. Held in the spring and fall. Next up on your journey are Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande, where Charlotte Harbor, the second largest estuary in Florida, meets the Gulf. Marvel at the historic Boca Grande Lighthouse. Lemon Bay is an aquatic preserve with two passes into the Gulf. A bit northward, stop by Oyster Creek Regional Park, a sprawling 272 acres. . If you hear the call of the wild, go to Myakka State Forest. Search for wildlife in the enchanting forested natural area by foot, bike or horseback along the many trails. Now venture into the charming and quaint Olde Englewood Village Historic District via the Old Englewood Loop. Buchan’s Landing, a structure on Dearborn Street that housed a store, post office and residence, was a magnet drawing early settlers and businesses. Stop by the butterfly farm and trails at the expansive Lemon Bay Park. Ready to get your feet into some more soft sugar fine sand? The Manasota Key beaches are captivating. You will find yourself driving, boating, hiking, and cycling more slowly so that you can immerse yourself in the history and culture or soak up the sun and adventure at our spectacular beaches, islands and parks. During your visit you can be as relaxed or active as your heart desires. On the Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail …experience The Real Florida.



Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Water Recreation


Bus Parking, Concessions

Average Visit Time

1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Full day, Half day, Multi-day

Disabled Traveler Information

Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Ramps, Wheelchair-friendly