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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
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
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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Visit the North Entrance for Alligators

We have gone in the northern entrance twice. Each time we saw a great many huge alligators, some very close. There were also many birds, including Sandhill cranes. On our last... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Philadelphia
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Philadelphia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We have gone in the northern entrance twice. Each time we saw a great many huge alligators, some very close. There were also many birds, including Sandhill cranes. On our last visit, an armadillo almost tripped over us on a heavily used path. Unfortunately, when we went in late February most of the cranes had already begun their northern migration.... More 

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Who would have thought that in the middle of Florida there exist a 20,000 plus acre preserve, the Paynes Prairie Preserve, where wild Spanish horses and bison have roamed freely for as long as 500 years. I hiked the 8 mile Cone's Dike Trail on the southern part of the preserve. The trail is on a dike that goes through... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

In today's somewhat sterile world, its kind of amazing to walk as close as you dare to dozens of these dangerous animals, some that look like they are 10 feet long. The Alachua Sink trail is covered with them. Real Florida nature and its free to boot.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We tent camped for two nights in February 2015. The campsites were quite good with vegetation between sites as a privacy buffer. The bathhouse with showers was exceptionally well thought out and clean. Roads were in very good condition. The key pad at the entrance was convenient to use after a late arrival. And the staff at the visitor's center... More 

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North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The view is gorgeous, the sky out there was so blue, and the background was just amazing. My wife was like a little kid looking into the marsh trying to find Gators :)

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Dresher, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Wanted so see alligators while visiting our son at UF. He took us to La Chua Trail where I expected to maybe see one alligator. We were pleasantly surprised when we saw dozens and dozens. It happened to be a beautiful day, many were far away, but definitely visible. While walking on the trail we encountered at least 10 sunning... More 

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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited here with family that live in Gainesville. We went to the the southern end and took a short hike to a view over the massive prairie and than visited the the northern area where we saw lots of alligators sunning themselves. The alligators have right of way, so be sure to keep an eye on your children. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This place was gorgeous! The sun was shining, the sky was super blue and the birds were chirping!! The place was just breathtaking!

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

An easy stroll through flat grounds to see multiple massive alligators is always worth it. Went on a holiday weekend, so it was jam-packed with families - so don't expect a quiet journey into nature unless you go early in the morning. Went on a sunny day so that the gators would up on the banks sunning - so there... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I only spent 2-3 hours inside because of lack of time. But the sceneries were gorgeous! I love the animals inside. I saw alligators and horses!

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