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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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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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The Real Florida

I have been going to Paynes Prarie for years. It is a great place to wander around, some of the trails flood a bit. During the winter you can load of sun bathing alligators... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Florida
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been going to Paynes Prarie for years. It is a great place to wander around, some of the trails flood a bit. During the winter you can load of sun bathing alligators on the La Chua trail, even an occasional wild horse.

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Thank edneufl
Gainesville, Florida
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Use the North Entrance for a great interaction with wildlife. Gators, Bison and wild horses. You must walk about 1/4 mile to see the wildlife.

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Thank schimel2bandit
Lake City, Florida
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

very scenic ,lots to see lots to learn after many visits you still can see hear and find something new ,staff very helpful great for all ages lots of wildlife tons of birds and great picnic areas boat ramp only trolling motors very calm alligators to see fish to catch the old lake basin is very educational even bison lots... More 

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Thank e b
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to take visiting guest if you are a local. If you are a local, you should take an hour and go visit. The views are beautiful and the you will always see alligators, egrets, blue herron, etc.

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Thank 455michaelvictor
Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paynes Prairie is a gorgeous natural environment located in Gainesville, FL. This location is a pristine natural environment that is peaceful and tranquil

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Thank Maureen R
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Who says Florida has no seasons? Every time I visit historical Paynes Prairie, it's a different color: lavender, yellow, white, green brown. You can't go to Paynes Prairie and not encounter wildlife. Everyone enjoys seeing the original Florida gators, wild horses, bison, butterflies, birds and more doing all kinds of crazy stuff like the gator growl and chomp, catching and... More 

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1 Thank Jennifer I
Gainesville, Florida
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OVERALL: It's a great chance to take a relatively short hike and see plenty of wildlife. Parking was a small fee. ANIMALS: I've seen wild horses, lots of birds, and alligators regularly when I go. CONDITIONS: If you go in the summer, be sure to bring water and take breaks. The path is fairly well made, but can be muddy... More 

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1 Thank John P
Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love to go walk these trails with my kids. We always get a close up view of beautiful birds, butterflies, and lots of Gators. Last time was a disappointment though as on the La Chua trail much of it was closed of for repairs, so we could not go down to the end/ pier where you can see the Bison.... More 

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing to see alligators in their natural habitat sunning themselves and no FENCES!! Wild horses, bison and birds for as far as the eye can see!

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Thank suzanne h
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I visit the pier often and for 10 years now. Standing on the pier,facing west (looking at I75)at sunset is one of the best things you will ever see. There is wildlife on the prarie,but dont go in the prarie...aligators are crazy big there! The sunset,definately the sunset. One word...Breathtaking!

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