Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
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  • Cynthia R
    Ormond Beach, Florida482 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon nature stroll
    Furst time visiting this park based on suggestions by a family member who recently visited. Terrific birding opportunities and viewing of alligators in their natural habitat. Restroom are available. No pets or bicycles allowed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 19, 2023
  • AlachuaBelle
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weekend walk
    Wear sun sunscreen and/or protective clothing and a hat! There are a few covered benches but no other shade! Wildlife galore! Gators! Wide variety of birds, snakes, turtles and butterflies just to name a few. Clean restrooms. Bring money for parking or have the Passport app.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Helen B
    Duluth, Georgia176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Pleasant Surprise for only $5 a Car
    If you love nature you will enjoy this pristine kept wetlands. The boardwalks allow you to explore more areas where a walk thru the wetlands would be impossible. This particular time of year, March, allows the fun of enjoying the habitat’s embrace of the life to nature. We saw several alligators and one was bellowing for their mate. He/She was up on their front legs and the sounds reverberating through wetlands. Sand Cranes had new babes unable to fly so we were so close for excellent photos. Many professional birdwatchers and photographers were there from all over displaying excitement over what they were experiencing. Of course, that excitement was contagious. So glad we discovered this place and made the U-Turn to enjoy the $5 per car parking.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Three adults visited this park on a sunny Sunday morning and afternoon in early January. Cost was $5 for the car. Note the parking lots are small and you may have to wait for a spot on busy days. We were there early enough to get one of the few spots left in the overflow lot. Flush toilets are available at the trailhead. Some days have ranger guided walks. We did both the one mile loop and the 1.6 mile loop plus the 0.4 mile boardwalk. Lots of birds there and also saw four alligators. YMMV.

Nice place.
Written January 15, 2020
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flashsam7267
Knaresborough, UK3,360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We came here a few years ago and really enjoyed it so decided to come back again.

$5 per car for the day parking, and you can drop the cash in an envelope or pay via an app or website.

There's a restroom and water fountains next to the car park.

Once you go down the path you cross a small road and enter the park. There are a few miles of paved trails suitable for all abilities.
And you don't have to walk all the paths as they intersect so you can make the walk shorter if you wish.

We spent a while here just walking slowly and looking at all the lovely scenery.
Saw loads of birds as well as two small alligators and a few deer.

Would definitely recommend this place.
Written December 17, 2022
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Helen B
Duluth, GA176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you love nature you will enjoy this pristine kept wetlands. The boardwalks allow you to explore more areas where a walk thru the wetlands would be impossible.
This particular time of year, March, allows the fun of enjoying the habitat’s embrace of the life to nature.
We saw several alligators and one was bellowing for their mate. He/She was up on their front legs and the sounds reverberating through wetlands.
Sand Cranes had new babes unable to fly so we were so close for excellent photos.
Many professional birdwatchers and photographers were there from all over displaying excitement over what they were experiencing. Of course, that excitement was contagious.
So glad we discovered this place and made the U-Turn to enjoy the $5 per car parking.
Written April 1, 2024
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Stacy H
Tampa, FL102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I passes this park on the road. I had some free time so I decided to stop. It was a beautiful day and I walked several miles around this park. It was bigger than I expected. Saw one gator and lots of interesting birds. It was very relaxing and calm. Would recommend going on a cool day (not a lot of shade) when you want some peace and quiet
Written November 19, 2022
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Wandering963
Saint Paul, MN1,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wow! This man made wetland is bursting with wildlife - especially birds. The walking paths are extensive and comfortable - either gravel, packed dirt, or boardwalks. In our 2+ hours of walking we saw 25-30 species of birds including one we had never seen Before which is a relatively rare but happy occurrence
Written January 24, 2020
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SueBee46530
GRANGER290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We really enjoyed the two times we visited here and appreciated the openness compared with the boardwalk at La Chua which had too many obnoxious people talking loudly. Less people = more enjoyable. Purple Gallinules were a highlight as was the gift sighting of an American Bittern.
Written March 12, 2021
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chrisnorley
Florida78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
sweetwater is a great place to see birds and alligators. a few miles of berm trails provide a nice walk. always a variety of birds and often an alligator or two. i think every time i've visited i've seen a few smaller alligators at the spillway. on sunny days be prepared to be in the direct sun the duration of your visit.
Written April 26, 2023
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Ben N
Catonsville, MD17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Easy to walk and run handicap accessible pathways and lots of park to cover!

Beautiful and tons of wildlife even when it’s only about 60 degrees out!

Pay 5 per car or walk in. We were there only 45 minutes and saw 6 gators and 7 different birds including a stork flew next to us within 4 feet!

Highly recommend. You forget it’s in Gainesville walking there. Bring your camera.
Written January 20, 2023
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tiltedaxis
Jacksonville, FL379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
We make the drive from Jacksonville multiple times each year just to go to this park. It has amazing wildlife and is very well maintained and clean. The app to pay for parking now is efficient and easy. I will definitely be back again soon.
Written May 27, 2020
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Kelly A
Gainesville, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
The park is great for viewing wildlife and a nice place to exercise safely. The walking areas are clean and well maintained. On each visit I’ve seen various birds, alligators, and turtles. On a few occasions I’ve gotten to see the horses, which is a really cool Florida experience.
Written April 22, 2023
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