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January PlayDates: Gasparilla Island, Carlton Reserve, Myakka River tours

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This balmy January weather should draw people outdoors along the Gulf Coast. Here are a few suggestions:

Gasparilla Island walk -- 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Gasparilla Island State Park, 880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande. One-mile walk will be led by a park ranger. $2. 964-0375; FloridaStateParks .org.

Carlton Hike -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 21. Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice. This Sierra Club outing will head through the Churchill Tract of the reserve. $5. 484-4113; florida.sierraclub.org/sarasota.

Myakka Tram Tours — 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. daily. Myakka Wildlife Tours offers daily tram tours of Myakka River State Park. Hourlong tours take visitors off the main drive and into the backcountry of the park. $12 adults, $6 children. 361-6511; myakkariver.org.

 

 

 

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