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Paynes Prairie

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Address: , Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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Description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center...
Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
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a range of things to see

I love the Prairie. So much to see and do here. lots of trails with different aspects. you can see wild Florida, learn history, be alone, walk by a lake, or take a long hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I love the Prairie. So much to see and do here. lots of trails with different aspects. you can see wild Florida, learn history, be alone, walk by a lake, or take a long hike. wonderful, relaxing.

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Hot in August but worth a trip. Nice trails just go early in the morning! The hike to the observation tower was short and shady. The North entrance hike is much longer, without shade and with a greater chance of encountering wildlife. Even in August it is worth a trip. A very unique ecosystem in North Central Florida.

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North America
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped in while visiting Gainesville one afternoon. There are two separate sections to this park. One is very wooded with an observation deck that allows you to look over the vast prairie. The other section is a trail where you walk through the prairie along the water. Be warned, the trail walk is loaded with monstrous alligators. This was the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Everyone needs to experience Paynes Prairie and learn its history! Beautiful! We go there just to watch wildlife sometimes and definitely a great spot to watch rocket launches, sunsets and special sights like meteor showers, moon stages, etc.

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Silver Springs, Florida
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193 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Paynes Prairie State Park is a unique experience. For those wanting a quick exposure with little effort, the Boardwalk off of the East side of US-441 between Micanopy and Gainesville offers a way to experience a walk over the swamp area to view birds, gators and plants. For a more thorough experience, plan on spending several hours exploring the trails... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Park and walk the short trail under the old train bridge to an incredible board walk all the way out to the Alachua sink. Every time I go I see something new and different. Bring your binoculars and camera as you'll see a variety of birds, turtles, gators, fish and fauna. It's an easy walk that most everyone can enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

beautiful place to visit and relax and enjoy quiet time with the family or friends lots of wild life

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Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Worth going to see, the trails are good, and there are several. Plenty of wildlife as well. Great sunsets, and just lots of nature.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

On an early morning tour (park opens at 8 a.m. we saw an amazing variety of birds and plenty of gators, also the wild horses in the distance.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Paynes Prairie never fails to inspire. It's an exquisite landscape and offers a variety of access points to enjoy. Great options for any age or ability.

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