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“A large boring walk”

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Herb and botanical garden displaying unusual plants from around the world.
Plantation, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A large boring walk”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens was boring to say the least. I guess maybe we expected to much from a Botanical Gardens, but it was dreary and dark most of the time with very little bits of awe. We did enjoy the bottle sculptures, but that was really the only part that stood out from our visit.

Visited September 2012
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Beverly Hills, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Disappointed......”
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

We love visiting gardens and aviaries and such....not sure if this is state run or not, but it is poorly maintained. There was some beautiful plants, don't get me wrong, but there was lots of bug eaten leaves! And places where the vines were just taking over....it was only $7 for each of us, but I would rather pay more and see a well kept garden!

Visited August 2013
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Alpharetta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
1,067 reviews
621 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,147 helpful votes
“Nice Walking paths with Good Diversity”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This review needs a preface that I went here during August on a day that was 97 degrees. Not the best time to visit. Also, not the best time of year.

I found this to be nice but not great in comparison to other botanical gardens around the country, hence the rating of three. The place had a feel of needing work, weeding, pruning, and some attention. The map they provide is not to scale and the larger loop to the east is quite long -- just FYI.

If you like gardens this is a nice walk with a lot of variation but there are better choices elsewhere.

Visited August 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely botanical garden!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a wonderful collection of plants, specialty gardens - butterfly, cactus, herb, bamboo, etc. Lovely walks and very well cared for. Great exhibit hall and a fabulous gift shop

Visited March 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best spot to get away from yourself in the city”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've witnessesd the growth and development of this piece of heaven from its early years. A remarkable work of love. Flowering vines that we loathe in our yards for their uncontrollable spread are somehow celebrated and effortlessly confined here. You see volunteer gardeners at work, but not many...one of the wonders is how they make it all work. If ever there was an icon for Gville, this place is it. All the beauty, spirit, quirkiness, and yes, bugs and heat. Just pick the right day. Clouds and breeze or crisp with blue sky.

Visited June 2013
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