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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Micanopy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews 99 reviews
44 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Micanopy, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

There are campgrounds, trails and wildlife abounds here. This is a must-see for those nature-lovers and bird watchers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went this last weekend and reserved 3 tent sites. We had a great time the facilities were clean, the showers were hot and had great water pressure. The sites were well separated where you felt as if you had privacy. The Jr ranger program was entertaining for the kids. The surroundings were beautiful. We also hiked the aloocha trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Wonderful Park right outside Micanopy:)...loved the convenience of this Park...Still needing A Wal-mart Supercenter!! Its 15 miles to Gainesville OR Ocala! whew!

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Maryland, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My first time seeing alligators in the wild (on the La Chua trail, if I remember correctly). Saw some gorgeous birds and wild horses too. It's an amazing place.

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Ohio
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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I visited the main visitors center and walked very nice trails and found one gator sunning its self. THEN I went to the access in south Gainesville, walked across the wooden paths onto grass paths and came to a large pond with many, many gators. And big ones just off the path. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Beautiful Lake, peaceful hiking paths, lots of Sand Hill Cranes. Eagles nests, alligators, too! Great place to camp

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What a beautiful forest to encounter in Florida. There were SO many deer that we encountered on our visit. The hikes are not strenuous at all. We have read about wild horses and bison and that's the reason we came. We were not fortunate enough to find them... but we saw plenty of evidence that they were there (like droppings... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I live in Gainesville and every year purchase an annual State Park Pass, needless to say Paynes Prairie, given it's close proximity is the state park that I visit most. That said, in the 5 years that I have been coming to this park I have witnessed it's steady decline. Sad to say. Rude treatment by volunteers who think that... More 

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