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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Pennsylvania
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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 

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Ocala, Florida
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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 

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Gainesville, Florida
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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.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had the chance to take a walk through this preserve and it was a little nerve wracking with all the "enter at your own risk" signage. And rightfully so, I might add. This is a nature preserve, not a zoo (as one sign deftly points out) so one needs to keep in mind that Gators are at the top of... More 

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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Camping, hiking, bike rides, quiet town near by with great pizza place. Viewing tower is great even a slide rocker at top. Take binoculars to see animals at the tower. There Buffaloes on the park property. Campground clean shaded and quiet!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This park has an abundant amount of wildlife for a Florida park. I would use the north entrance to get your best chance to see the wild horses and buffalo.

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Yes, we had one of their 'wild horses' join us on our walk. It was a very pleasant encounter and the beauty of the Prarie will forever be in our hearts!

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife and I visited Paynes Prairie as a side trip on a day trip to the Gainesville area. We were completely blown away! We had a lovely picnic lunch at on of the pavilions. At the visitor's center, the ranger explained the extensive history of the park including the Spanish prescence. From the lookout tower, we were able to... More 

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Saint John New
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to see the Alligators unfortunately there is another location to the reserve that few people know about. We only went that way as my husband is originally from Florida. But we were so close to the alligators it was unbelievable! It's an experience I will never forget.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Wildlife is abundant throughout Florida, when on I 75 in Micanopy, you are driving through Paynes Prairie Preserve.Lots to do, photograph, birdwatching,biking, hiking, look for animals, look for alligator. Not the gators just north in Gainesville, nor the crocodile south.. The official state reptile, the alligator of Florida. The swampy areas are filled with the cold blooded creatures.

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Additional Information about Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Micanopy
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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