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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

S.W. Archer Road, Gainesville, FL
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Gainesville
Type: Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Herb and botanical garden displaying unusual plants from around the world.
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Tampa, Florida
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187 reviews 187 reviews
116 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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216 reviews 216 reviews
67 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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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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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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This place is enjoyable but it perhaps has seen better days. The plants themselves are still there, but the infrastructure of the gardens outside of the gift shop ranges from adequate to decrepit. Overall it appears it could use an infusion of money and enthusiasm. That being said, the place is still worth a stop if you enjoy gardens and... More

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Lake City, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We did our engagement pictures here and the grounds are gorgeous, peaceful and well kept. This is a great place for a date night walk or for photoshoots

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Gainesville, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Kanapaha botanical gardens is worth the trip, time, sight of all. The beauty and information is all around you. Reading about the herb in the garden were very interesting. Bamboo garden made you feel like you were in the redwood forrest. The lilly pads were huge and beautiful. The outside of the garden with the beautiful well built wooden bridge... More

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gainesville, fl.
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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This botanical and geological marvel has been enhanced over the years. The bamboo garden is one of the most complete (and amazing!) I've ever seen. There is a great boardwalk into a sinkhole, and another out to the lake. The rock garden (where there are an amazing variety of flowering plants) is unique in this area. It's a great place... More

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