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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Address: S.W. Archer Road, Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-372-4981
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Ranked #8 of 17 Attractions in Gainesville
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Herb and botanical garden displaying unusual plants from around the world.
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Herb and botanical garden displaying unusual plants from around the world.

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English first
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I've come here to study plants, to photograph them, and to lead workshops in photographing flora, and portraiture. This is a great location year round for all sorts of interests and styles of photography. I even got an annual pass once.

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Went on the free day and had a chance to walk around. My kids ran through it, so its not a good kids place if you want to sit and enjoy.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

These gardens are always having "special events" to enjoy and are worth going to. We have been several times and always enjoy our visit.

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Kampot, Cambodia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

As a photographer, I get a yearly pass for Kanapaha Gardens nearly every year. The people who run the place have a real passion for this garden and have created a jewel on the south side of Gainesville. Over the years they have added numerous attractions including a bamboo forest, an herb garden, a band shell and a meditation labyrinth,... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a great feature of Gainesville, with lovely walks amid the exotic and native plantings. Interesting plant life, and good information for the visitor. There is a nice gift shop, as well.

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Floral City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The bamboo gardens were impressive. I loved the butterfly garden. The herb garden was interesting. Next time I will bring bug spray though.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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458 reviews 458 reviews
172 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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