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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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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Absolutely must do if you enjoy and appreciate nature and the outdoors. Saw wild horses. Hundreds of gators. Many birds. We did not see the bison though. It was all a beautiful... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely must do if you enjoy and appreciate nature and the outdoors. Saw wild horses. Hundreds of gators. Many birds. We did not see the bison though. It was all a beautiful walk. My 8yr old enjoyed it was much as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to the south entrance first, went to the observation tower, and saw absolutely nothing. It was very pretty, but the Ranger recommended I go to the north entrance. It was about a 20 minute ride, but I'm so glad I made the trip. For the first half mile you might see a few gators and birds, maybe some... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started from the south entrance and walked around exploring the area thinking we would see alligators and other animals, however, there were no gators in sight. Although the walking area is well maintained, we only saw one bison from afar and lots of little, colorful birds (don't know the name). After our southern exploration, we went up to the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see the prairie perspective of Florida. Must visit for anyone who wants to see gators, lots of gators up close. Birds, wild horses and who knows what!

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Ocala FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have driven by this attraction dozens of times and finally stopped in. Walked up the observation tower to a nice lookout, walked a short trail and then went onto a longer trail. I see a theme in Florida State Parks and I don't like it....trails and trail heads are poorly marked. We were expecting a 3 mile round trip and... More 

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Tampa, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paynes Prairie is a very nice park with lots of hiking trails. Some of the scenery is very nice. Everything is well-kept. Unfortunately I did not see any animals when I was there but I did not have the time to go down all the trails.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love visiting Paines Prarie. This review is of Lachua trail (north entrance). This a great way to be outdoors by yourself or with family and friends. You never know if you'll see the wild horses, bison or deer, but, you will always see alligators. Make sure to take plenty of water on hot days as there is no shade... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

If you're in the Gainesville area it would appear all roads lead to one of the many entrances to Payne's Prairie. It's a vast area of more or less untouched Old Florida...complete with multiple trails for up close and personal views of alligators, herds of wild horses and buffalo, hundreds of flocks of birds and turtles sunbathing. Although not more... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I went to the La Chua Trail here, and it was an awesome place to see alligators! The signs for the park are rather ominous, and I know it's because gators can be dangerous, but they were all more concerned with sunning while I was there (that being said, I still wouldn't let your children run around unsupervised). There were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful historical park and a great place to see the historical prairie that was once a Spanish ranch. Perhaps, you will see the wild Cracker horses and bison. It is also a great place to bird. This winter, 7000-8000 Sandhill Cranes could be seen from the La Cua Trail.

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