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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Beautiful natural flooded plain, gorgeous place

What struck me when I first walked out into the prairie was how vast it is—majestic and huge and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert B
Peaceful Visit

While recently visiting our son at UF, we had some time to kill and decided to trek over to Paynes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Safety Harbor, Florida
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wild horses” (119 reviews)
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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What struck me when I first walked out into the prairie was how vast it is—majestic and huge and beautiful. We parked at several of the various entrances and walked bits of trail, and we loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, the prairie is flooded...More

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 1 week ago

While recently visiting our son at UF, we had some time to kill and decided to trek over to Paynes Prairie to go on a quick hike. The trails were well kept, the observation tower allowed us to see clearly across much of the prairie...More

Thank GlogowskiGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a lovely hiking, nature observation, ever-changing habitat. Every time I go, it is different. Great place for nature and wildlife photography. There are critters around—they were there first—so be careful where you walk and stay on the trails. Alligators, snakes, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees,...More

1  Thank Maelgori
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful trails and a huge variety of animals. The bird population is enormous and soon it will be full of the migratory birds. Where else can you get a picture of a buffalo and an alligator in the same picture. Wild horses and wild cattle...More

1  Thank Sidney J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting our family they suggested we take our son here to see the wildlife. We went after Irma so the place was flooded. We saw gators and beautiful birds. Locals say its great place to see wild horses and buffalo.

Thank libragirl067
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Forget the alligator farm. Come to Payne's Prairie instead. It's loaded with giant free roaming gators. They are everywhere. While we were there we saw sand cranes, wild horses, a bald eagle, lots of gators and even a barn owl living at the Gainesville entrance....More

1  Thank Paul C
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been to this place so many times. If you want to have a close encounter with allegators then this is the place to be. You get to see a lot of allegators from a close proximity. Also if you are lucky then you...More

Thank Anuran R
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The prairie is one of my favorite places to visit in the Spring Fall and Winter. The wild flowers, cranes, gators and bison are stunning. Take a water bottle and treat wildlife respectfully.

Thank karenkB3023AS
Reviewed 1 September 2017

This place is AMAZING if you want to see alligators. They are everywhere. You hike along a boardwalk that becomes a dirt/grassy path. Water is on both sides but mostly on one side with LOTS of alligators lying around basking in the sun. They are...More

Thank Jeffrey G
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We apparently were the first visitors on an early Sunday morning and because of this we were rewarded with sightings of deer,wild turkey and the sometimes elusive resident bison herd. Unfortunately our time was limited but I wouldn't mind returning during Florida's cooler winter months...More

2  Thank ARodriguezP
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Alissa J
23 June 2016|
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Response from kbcny8 | Reviewed this property |
Here are the phone numbers at the park, give them a call I'm sure they know if you can use public transportation. Visitor Center 352-466-4100 or Ranger Station 352-466-3397. Hope you find the answer!