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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

S.W. Archer Road, Gainesville, FL
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Gainesville
Type: Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Herb and botanical garden displaying unusual plants from around the world.
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Coral Springs, Florida
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217 reviews 217 reviews
69 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Perhaps the best botanical garden in Florida. As you can't compare a box to a botanical garden, because a botanical garden is comprised of several gardens. "Kanapaha Botanical" is 25 gardens, or 30 sub-gardens, such as: bamboo, butterfly, children, herb, humming bird, butterfly, medicinal, rose, water, succulents, rock, vegetable, etc. Then you have events, weddings, tours, and lots of plant... More

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Gainesville, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I sincerely enjoyed walking around the gardens during the annual spring festival they have. It's a wonderful opportunity to buy some great plants for good prices.

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Plantation, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

They have many "special" events at Kanapaha and if you love Gardens you will love your visit. Worth a visit.

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The Villages, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We were here in the spring of the year and nothing much was blooming. It is a long walk around the 1-1/2 mile paved walkway. The park consists of 62 acres with 16 major collections Includes the states largest collection of bamboos and a large herb garden. They say the best time is from June to September.

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Tampa, Florida
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117 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was in the Ocala area, and came across a beautiful brochure of the Kanapaha Gardens. Even though it was about 70 miles round-trip out of the way, I decided to visit. Unfortunately, the brochure turned out to be the best part of the garden and I was disappointed in my visit. I would consider it more of a nature... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a very nice garden to visit.The Bamboo forest was amazing. Never seen before fruits, cactus and palm trees. Hot, so go early in the summer. The statues in the Childrens Garden were really neat. Glad we went.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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68 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Kanapaha Gardens are over 62 acres and have a great deal of variety. There are two sections the East section that is about a mile walk and includes the largest bamboo garden in the Southeast, A Herb Garden, a Hummingbird Garden, a Rock Garden including Cacti, A Palm Hammock, a pond, and a Cycad garden. On this section of... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

KBG is a North Florida site that offers a range of garden experiences. There are natural areas, areas groomed to near perfection, areas for children, for the vision impaired, and for folks just wanting a lovely, quiet spot to relax. I've been here for weddings, for festivals, for change of season events and for plant sales. All are enjoyable. My... More

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15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I really loved this place; it has an incredible amount of plants and gave me some ideas on lots of things I could plant at my place.

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I went here with my two cousins while visiting Florida and these gardens were nicely laid out and really beautiful with many different sections. It was bit trying for me as I am not accustomed to the heat but it was well worth the visit. My favorite part was the herb garden. There are 62 acres to explore so leave... More

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