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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
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+1 352-466-3397
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09:00 - 16:00
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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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Large park with several urban access points

The trails in this park come from both north, south, and west sides, offering a variety of views and ecological niches. Many birders and nature enthusiasts visit it daily to view... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Asata
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Michigan
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Michigan
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The trails in this park come from both north, south, and west sides, offering a variety of views and ecological niches. Many birders and nature enthusiasts visit it daily to view the wildlife, including wild horses and bison. Alligators are common and bobcats have been seen. The bird variety is impressive. Recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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Macomb, Illinois
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very nice place to visit. Better with a pair of binoculars so you can see the wild horses and Buffalo. The Visitor Center was closed at 4:00, it would have been time if the center was open.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing park, 34 miles of bike trails 3+ miles of hiking trails. In the winter you can see some of the largest migrations of Sandhill cranes in Florida. Also hundreds of alligators dozen of Bison and wild horses.

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Thank Scott J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the outlook area on the Northbound US 441, a short walkway out into the marsh. A huge Gator 6 foot at least basking at the side of the walkway. Apparently this is common according to locals. Well worth a stop and remember to look over the sides of the walkways.

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Thank Viv2016x
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on our last day in Gainesville, primarily because we waited until the weather was a bit warmer (for late December/early January.) I'm glad we waited because the gators were out basking in the sun. The sandhill cranes were everywhere, enjoying their winter home. We saw wild horses ON THE TRAIL and bison in the distance. We saw... More 

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North Port, FL
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is old Florida at its best. The boardwalks are a gentle way to be introduced into the area and most people stop there. But you can continue to hike on the trails if you want to immerse yourself in the outdoors. We were only in one area for an hour or so, saw a lot of alligators (no threat... More 

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Sunrise, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fantastic walk through this beautiful park. We definitely didn't need any coffee to get the adrenalin flowing, seeing wild alligators everywhere! Very beautiful vistas looking across at alligators, tropical birds, bison and horses!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a nice easy hike which ended in seeing lots and lots of alligators! We are from the Midwest so seeing gators was a real treat for us.

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New Jersey
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Walked 6 miles of trails. We saw wild horses and tons of gators, cranes. No buffalo but did see dung. I think they put buffalo dung out to give you hope! LOL

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Thank offsh50141
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

La Chua trail was a great place to take the family! Stay on the trail! We saw tons of alligators!!! Don't go during the summer months. We tried that and got heat exhaustion. Go during the winter months.

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