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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Alligators!

My husband and I went on a hike through the Prairie to the different observation towers. We saw lots of alligators along the way. We even got to see wild horses and bison off in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went on a hike through the Prairie to the different observation towers. We saw lots of alligators along the way. We even got to see wild horses and bison off in the distance. We wish we brought our binoculars. Remember to bring water to drink.

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Hopewell, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Breathtaking sights that change every day. So many different animal and bird species including wild horses, alligators, boar, heron and many others. It was an amazing experience for our entire family and one that was original and unique. It was unforgettable!

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Gainesville, Florida
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

a beautiful setting just south of gainesville. Lots of hiking trails and wide open space to hike and enjoy nature. There is some water in the prairie, thus alligators. Probably not the best idea to take small dogs with you if you are going close to the water.

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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The gators are so close that you can touch them, but don't. It is like you are visiting another world. It is so peaceful and many birds winter at Panes Prairie. I suggest you go in the winter months, but any time of year is nice.

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gainesville, fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This prairie has several entrances for different aspects of the prairie which is expansive. The trails are well maintained to a point, remembering that this is a prairie in the rough. Very little of the busy life amenities here which is the attraction. In the summer I recommend offshoots like Bolen Bluff or smaller trails in the main entrance of... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Lost in time what a great place to go to rest and to get away from the rat race do bring some thing to ward off the bugs but make sure it is feet free so you do not get sick from the replant

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stayed at the campground on the prairie. It was a very clean site, including the bathrooms. We tent camped, and was really happy to have electrical outlets for our must-have morning coffee. The hiking trails are very well marked, and easy to navigate.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a unique geologic feature and something anyone visiting Gainesville should see. The Prairie was a grazing area for the Spanish, a large lake in the 1800's and now is home for alligators and birds.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

the family(wife and daughter) and i recently visited this state preserve. the visiters center was excellent. and the ranger was very informative and helpful. take binoculars with you, you will need them we you go up the observation tower. we saw wild horses through the binoculars. we also had a picnic lunch by the lake which was beautiful.

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Ellijay, Georgia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is a beautiful prairie and is a great spot for avid outdoor enthusiasts. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles but it's very peaceful and worth the stop. The observation tower is really neat although I didn't see the horses or bison. Unfortunately, the La Chua trail was closed on June 02 when I was there and the... More 

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Additional Information about Paynes Prairie

Address: Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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