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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Interesting Florida History

Hiking trails, Visitor Center, and opportunity to see lots of Florida wildlife. The grand vista of the plains can be seen from the observation tower. With over 20,000 acres and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hiking trails, Visitor Center, and opportunity to see lots of Florida wildlife. The grand vista of the plains can be seen from the observation tower. With over 20,000 acres and several entrances to the park - there is lots to explore here. Short video without narration gives you a good overview of the land. The other media in the Visitor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So beautiful place: the alligators, the bald eagle, the trails, the vegetation... all is awesome! Preserve this place, please!

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Lebanon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When would be the best time to go I have been there two time And each home has been a fun and different experience

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Gainesville, Florida
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A favorite of ours here in Gainesville. A great place to get right up close and see plenty of gators in their natural habitat. You will literally be as close to gators as you dare to be. They are laying all over the place here, basking in the sun. Also is a great nature walk. All kinds of birds and... More 

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Spring, Texas
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a Rest Area on I-75 just after passing all the exits for Gainesville, Florida. Lots of covered picnic tables, large restrooms with diaper changing table. The best part is the "Snake Walk", a paved walkway in the shape of a snake. Good way to get a little walk in and for children to run off some energy! Setting... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida, United States
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When there on camping trip (ok in an RV) and totally enjoyed the experience. Each campsite is unique and all the restrooms and showers are very clean. You can bike, walk and just experience the wonders of nature. It's so pretty there. We climbed to the top of the observation tower and the view across the prairie was amazing, there... More 

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Gainesville
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waited 2hrs to be seated. Gave up. Got high and watched a turtle cross the road. It made me think of turtle stew. Yum.

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

La Chua trail is an amazing experience. There is a wooden walkway over a portion of this trail that makes this an incredible experience for those of us that want to explore nature in a way that "feels safer". Be advised, this is a habitat for WILD animals. You are entering THEIR home. The entrance to this trail is only... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Paynes Prairie is one of these places in our Planet Earth which makes one wonder... wonder about the FIRST ones who came into that Sanctuary and to wonder about the ones who work in preserving such a beauty! Meditative, spiritual and vibrational experiences happen at this beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

it was a good place to visit, used to go there twice a week and had a good time just sitting on the dock enjoying the scenary

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