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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: +1 352-466-3397
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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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Like live gators?

If we did not have a guided tour, I would have been terrified. Our group saw thousands of gators lined up at River sunning themselves. You may or may not see gators. The gators... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Bill T
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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149 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If we did not have a guided tour, I would have been terrified. Our group saw thousands of gators lined up at River sunning themselves. You may or may not see gators. The gators slow down to a turtle's pace in Dec.January. At the end of the river, there is a sink hole that looks like a crack in the... More 

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Live Oak, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Paynes Prairie is some of the best hiking in the area. Great views, the opportunity to connect with nature, and the chance to see any number of animals in the wild. A great way to spend the afternoon.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Paynes Prairie State Park, is a great location to go for a hike and enjoy nature. The park has a few great locations. One of the most popular spots is the La Chua trail at the north end of the park. Via boardwalks and elevated hiking trail you can walk to an observation tower. Along the way you will encounter... More 

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wild horses, bison, birds of all varieties and more gators than you care to count. Probably too cheap making a popular spot.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful place to see nature's beauty at it's best. We went to see a couple of alligators in a natural setting and we were not disappointed. We saw probably 60 - 80 alligators over 5-6 feet and there are multiple big monsters out there. It's a beautiful 3 mile hike if you go all the way out and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a break from Black Friday and took a small 3+ mile hike this Friday afternoon. It was very peaceful and beautiful. Saw a couple of deters by the Lake. Bugs were not bad at 2:30 but as the sun went down, they got worst. So take bug spray for late afternoons! Some trees were changing colors and sunset on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This outdoor activity offers a great up close look at one of Florida's more unusual sights. It is rather close to natures as it is not unusual to see wild horses, alligators, and many other wild animals and birds. This area has recently been developed for people to visit and has a observation tower for an overview of the area.... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this campground! Wild horses and bison are so cool to see when hiking. I highly recommend this park.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful trails, wildflowers, animals. Including bison and horses. Some areas are full of gators so not a great place to bring your dog. Lots of day and night events including camping, campfire drumming circles, ranger and Audubon led walks. A must di if you want to see some of the unique beauty that is north central Florida.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walking on the LA Chua trail is always an adventure. Wild flowers, birds, horses, bison and more alligators than anyone can count. On my most recent visit, the air was warm and the water was cool. Gators basked on the opposite bank and floated elegantly, half submerged, through the water. Then - right in front of us - a medium... More 

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