Paynes Prairie
Paynes Prairie
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
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Jim
7 contributions
Aug 2022
North entry seems to be the best spot. Old Florida, gators on the banks, then go to Micanopy for lunch/ice cream.
Written 22 August 2022
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Tricia A
6 contributions
Feb 2022
We have been here many times and enjoy the trails and wildlife viewing. Obviously, there are gators and more obviously, you should not feed them and give them plenty of space.
Written 28 February 2022
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Starviagera
The Villages, FL1,909 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a very large place, and it is hard to visit. There is a visitor center but it was not well staffed when we were there. Will have to make another trip and figure out how to see it better.
Written 5 January 2022
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Jill H
Williamsville, United States91 contributions
Jun 2021
A fun walk among the trees and then onto the prairie. A small observation tower is on the prairie that you can climb and have a look, perhaps bison or horses may be close enough the day you visit. before you go down to the prairie there is another observation tower to climb as well. All in all a nice little hike that is not strenuous.
Written 31 October 2021
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SueBee46530
GRANGER296 contributions
Mar 2021
This was a really long walk on a cold, windy day. There is a boardwalk over water off of Highway 441 that was nice on a warmer day with towers of American White Pelicans flying. We did not see any wild horses or bison here though.
Written 12 March 2021
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llong22
Winter Garden, FL66 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Gorgeous. Worth the trip. We were able to see wild horses from the observation tower. The ranger in the visitors center was very knowledgeable. I would definitely suggest bring a pair of binoculars and a camera with a long distance lens for better viewing of the prairie.
Written 7 January 2021
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Margo
Gainesville, FL6 contributions
Apr 2020
Be sure to learn about the natural history of the place. The spring flowers were blooming and it was pretty hot with a light breeze
Written 29 June 2020
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Joe L
Fort Wayne, Indiana74 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Very nice walk on boardwalk. Saw numerous birds and a few alligators. Very informative and interesting.
Written 24 March 2020
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Dusty M
Gainesville, FL36 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
A nice beautiful park, Florida like it used to be, water levels are low so gators are stacked up thick.
Saw countless birds, a couple water snakes, and a baby rattler.
Not a lot of people out there during the week. Beautiful and peaceful
Written 15 March 2020
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Sylvia B
29 contributions
Feb 2020
Enjoyed a nice walk along the main path from visitors center and going up the main tower near dusk we saw deer and horses in the distance. Rangers say in the morning you have the chance to see them closer at the main entrance. I have seen turkeys and deer up close here as well in Feb
Written 11 March 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM