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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Paynes Prairie State Park and Micanopy

I guess it wasn't the time to visit Paynes Prairie State Park. The mosquitoes were terrible. We wore long pants but had on short sleeve shirts and really got bit up. So needless... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bruce B
Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I guess it wasn't the time to visit Paynes Prairie State Park. The mosquitoes were terrible. We wore long pants but had on short sleeve shirts and really got bit up. So needless to say we really didn't get to see much of the park. I guess once it gets a little cooler maybe the mosquitoes will not be to... More 

Thank Bruce B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most people just pass by Paynes Prairie going 70 mph on I-75 or Hwy 441, but it really is worth visiting. The main entrance on Hwy 441 has Lake Wauberg, a boat ramp, bicycle and hiking trails, a campground, picnic areas, observation tower. There is plenty to do here. The La Chua Trail, accessed on the Gainesville north side of... More 

Thank Linda_FloridaNative
Jupiter, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I have been coming and going to UF for decades, and I just recently spent time here with my husband. What an amazing area! Old Florida at it's finest. It's lovely to see that some of the Florida I grew up in is still preserved.

1 Thank seasidesam56
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We were from the Midwest, so it was really awesome to see birds that we don't have up north. Lots of different, cool birds. And gotta love the gators just chilling everywhere in the park. It's important to be cautious always, but I felt very safe walking near them. Seeing birds hanging out by gators were really cute, too.

1 Thank ConiferousMoose
Gainesville, Florida
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143 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's rather a small park with a good view of Paynes Prairie. I do enjoy going there, but you don't always see the wildlife, so going to La Chua trail in Gainesville is a much better option for wildlife viewing. You always see something interesting there. It has partial wheelchair accessibility. You can get to the main building, but getting... More 

1 Thank toujoursparis1
The Villages, Florida
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51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

August is probably not the time to go; all we saw was plants. Also there were several areas to see. The only one clearly marked is the one with the Visitor Center. We went to the ones further north. First they don't mention that it is in Gainesville ina residential area. Second nothing is marked except the bike trails. It... More 

1 Thank bookrec
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We chose to walk the LaChua trail. The boardwalk was closed for repair but they had the trail freshly mowed so no problem getting around. It was raining off and on the day we went but we saw plenty of gators and some were monsters! Lots of birds and flowers to see also but the highlight of our trip was... More 

3 Thank Mickey W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped here on our way home from Sarasota. It's a nice park with a lot of trails. We climbed the observation tower and got a great view of the surrounding area. Some other people at the top thought they saw horses through their binoculars (you can borrow binoculars from the visitor center). We watched a 20-minute movie on the... More 

2 Thank erin3978
Ocala, Florida
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117 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I visited with a photography friend who wanted to photograph animals. There are so many trails to walk and explore. Some areas are shaded but most are not so it was really hot. I'll come back when the weather cools off. I did not get to see the bison or horses but did climb the tower. In the past I... More 

1 Thank Soilsister1244
Gainesville, Florida
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you want to see wildlife, then this is the place. It has some of the largest alligators I have ever seen not to mention a wide variety of birds and mammals. If you're lucky, you may even see the group of bison that were relocated here many years ago.

1 Thank shuto3

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