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Paynes Prairie

#3 of 65 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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The perfect place.

While visiting my father in Ocala Florida I went on TripAdvisor and right about this place. My... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John C
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Gators gators gators

Great place to go for a couple hours and for walking. Especially if you've never seen gators up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sean G
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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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“la chua trail” (40 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting my father in Ocala Florida I went on TripAdvisor and right about this place. My brother and I decided to go for a ride and give this place a try. I was totally amazed by what I saw. First off I went to...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to go for a couple hours and for walking. Especially if you've never seen gators up close.

Thank Sean G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely walk and site seeing with a family group from 2 to 83 years old. Nice even walking paths and climbable observation tower made for a nice afternoon excursion.

Thank mc1ndy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place, very wast. There is a lot of trails, but not all of them are accessible from the main entrance. The visitors center is very clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. Check the website for the entrance to the trails. You...More

Thank Plastus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have hiked in Paynes Prairie countless time but had one of our best wildlife hikes on a cool day in February. Hiked the 3 mile round trip La Chua trail and saw piles of alligators, bison and several wild horses with foals. Hike is...More

Thank Melissa T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with some friends. Saw tons of gators, in the water, on the land....everywhere. We saw one catch a fish and eat it. There was a 8 footer on outer trail that as soon s we were close enough for him to see, he left...More

Thank xcapeohio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Paynes Prairie when it opened at 8 am. We went to the observation tower just beyond the visitors center. You have to walk about 3 flights to the top. It is a lovely view of the prairie. We saw only a deer....More

Thank TravelingfromPace
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

See an abundance of exotic wildlife, alligators with cranes sitting on their heads. 4 story watchtower over prairie and spot buffalo.

Thank czuzh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Depending on the trail you choose, different experiences. The la Chua Trail virtually guarantees close-up views of gators, and perhaps wild horses or bison. Other trails include lake views. Lots of water and grassland birds, varying at time of year. In migratory season, look for...More

1  Thank stevekirn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have been wanting to go to Paynes Prarie for a couple years but FINALLY got there! Beautiful. HUGE! It was hot but it was worth it. Visitor center very nice but exhibits not all back in place. We hiked a couple of the trails...More

Thank Elena P
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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!