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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 treasure

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite places in Gainesville. Perfect for long walks with good friends. Arrive before 9am and catch the early morning fog lifting from the prairie. Folks, amazing scenic vistas just 15 minutes out of town!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The south entrance has a nice visitor center, but the north entrance in Gainesville is the place to observe wildlife. It is off the beaten path and somewhat hard to find. If you are a birder, you will love this place. It is also a great opportunity to see some gators close up. The hike to the observation tower is... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Nature walk through plains, see alligators up very close, wild horses, birds of all kinds. Beautiful exposure to FL wildlife.

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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you want to see Alligators, this is the place, but they are best seen at night with headlights or flashlights. Stop along the causeway and check it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

another wonder in the area. freaks ya out a bit how big the gators can be. i went down one trail that was less busy.. yeah not smart.. but to see the wild horses.. holy cow what a blessing!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I'm starting to think we went to the wrong parts of this park. We went to the visitor's center where the park ranger was less than helpful. She told us that one trail would just be a hike through the woods and all we would see was squirrels and the other we asked about would be too hot. So, before... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

this swampy area is at first kind of an unusual attraction but we have been there many times and it looks different each time. In spring it is a sea of purple flowers and in summer giant white flowers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

we visit at least once a month. i get up early and take sunrise photos from the boardwalk. definitely need a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and something to drink. walking trails are pretty exposed. go early in the summer or the heat will be too much. pretty easy to walk. great for wildlife. see many great birds and gators

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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