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Best parks in Alachua County

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“Paynes Prairie is a great place to go hiking and see the best of north Florida's natural wonders. Explore the forest and prairie on multiple hiking trails. You might even see wildlife including armadillos, wild horses, bison, and cranes.”
26 locals recommend
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“If you have a dream to hike down into a sink hole, this is the place to go. Shaded trail, I like finding fungi here! ”
21 locals recommend
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“Amazing bird watching, best place to watch the sunset. They do close the gates about an hour before sunset though so plan accordingly. ”
15 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“The Bat House! Top-rated University of Florida attraction. Tip: See the bats fly out at sunset. U of F says that kids love it. Did you know that each bat will eats between 500 and 1000 insects in a single night?”
12 locals recommend
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“Fun for kids and adults, Depot Park features a large children's playground (and splash pad!), walking trails around the wetlands, and offers one of the best sunsets in Gainesville. Pop-a-Top Downtown Market offers hot pressed sandwiches, drinks, and snacks.”
11 locals recommend
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“One of Florida’s first state parks. Lots of beautiful trails with abundant wildlife. Cool swinging bridge over the Santa Fe River. It was an old pioneer town with the first settlers cabins and tools still on display. ”
10 locals recommend
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“Great dog-friendly trail, there are also a few geocaches here if you're into that.”
8 locals recommend
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“Lots of wildlife and beautiful springs, boardwalk and picnic areas. Only 2 miles away! ”
6 locals recommend
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“Go to the boardwalk in the East side of town to walk on a swamp, see alligators, wild horses, and possibly buffalo.”
5 locals recommend
Trail
“Very cool boardwalk with open sky and many birds, a good place to see alligators if you go at the right time of day. ”
6 locals recommend
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“Best place to see alligators. Sometimes you might spot the buffaloes or wild horses.”
2 locals recommend
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“Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a favorite place to wander through a beautifully landscaped nature park that has many bird and butterfly species. ”
5 locals recommend
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3 locals recommend
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“Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raise crops and tend to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shuckings and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises and bluebirds are still seen in the fields.”
4 locals recommend
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“The best-kept secret in Gainesville for walking and running! Lots of trails in restored pine forests with some small beautiful swampy gems. Very quiet.”
1 local recommends
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“Historic home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling and Cross Creek. Beautiful trails, too. The Yearling Restaurant serves great lunch and dinner nearby.”
1 local recommends