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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
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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Wildlife galore

My ice and visited one evening approximately 1 hour before dark. Got to see wild horses, buffalo, and so many deer we lost count. Truly a beautiful park worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ken C
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My ice and visited one evening approximately 1 hour before dark. Got to see wild horses, buffalo, and so many deer we lost count. Truly a beautiful park worth the visit.

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Gatineau, Canada
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of 4 spending 1 day at the park. First we went to the visitor information centre. I'm glad we did. It was helpful to prepare us northerners on do's and don'ts with the wildlife. Specifically the attendant said to stay on the trail because of the dangerous snakes in the grass. And she explained the distance... More 

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Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brings lots of water and good walking shoes. Lots of hiking trails. Wooded area. Observation decks. Lots of water fowl, horses, wildlife. Peaceful and relaxing. Well-maintenance. Very clean. Ample parking. Informative visitors center. Pretty area.

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Thank Rita S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We braved the heat and the humidity and survived! We saw wild horses, a few gators and several different species of birds. We went through the north entrance and didn't see as much as we would have like, but will definitely return in the fall to see the rest.

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Thank EMBall
Tamarac, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Very large park with several long trails. It was so hot when we were there that was out of the question. We went to the visitors center and watched a nice film about the place then walked to the observation tower. I climbed all the was up, I SAW NO ANIMALS!! I started to walk down one of the trails... More 

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Thank Peas2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

There was a lot to see in the park. From many birds to other animals such as deer the wild horses and some alligators. Saw all of those but was unable to find the bison but saw signs of them every where. I do recommend bringing plenty of water as it does get very hot.

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Thank Megan H
Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

If you're in the Gainesville area you must go. Take your friends/family if they come to visit you. At the observation point, I saw two alligators. To get into the Payne's Prarie area, it's $6 per car. So, carpool if you can.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We're trying very hard to visit all the state parks in Florida. This again, is a very nice park, the staff was friendly and the place was clean ... but we travel during the week. The weather, well you could not ask for better it was in the mid 50's at night and for camping that was really nice sitting... More 

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Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

With a student at the University of Florida, this nature park located close to the campus is a must see for anyone visiting Gainesville. You never know what you will see there - or experience. We were even part of an engagement that took place on the observation deck. A great way to be outside and enjoy nature - go... More 

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Thank Ann L
Tampa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Paynes Prairie is rich in history and activities. We spent a good part of the day there in hopes of seeing the elusive Florida Cracker Horses and the American Bison that roam free over the prairie. Being the preserve is well over 22,000 acres you can see why spotting these animals is hit or miss. We spent some time hiking... More 

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