Babcock Wilderness Adventures

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8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda, FL 33982 8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda Directions
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+18005005583
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Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while so head to Punta Gorda's Babcock Wilderness Adventures, FL today and have some fun. Why wait? Stop in at this place today.

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    9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Report | 5 days ago
Plan to also eat there. It was the frosting on the cake. Temps in the 70's also was a plus.
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Report | 20 days ago
It was great fun. The bus is uncomfortable. Bring water!!!
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Report | 21 days ago
Enjoyed this excursion very much. Saw wild pigs, birds, turtles and gators. Flowers and plants were pointed out also along the route. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke clearly, answered questions and stopped often so everyone could see. The types of cattle and calves on the ranch were observed and their origins explained. We were taken to an enclosure housing a FL Panther, raised in captivity as a pet, living out his years in a sanctuary of safety and relative freedom to roam. There are other animals that can't be sent back to the wild, given sanctuary at Babcock Wilderness. One can see that the ranch cares about the ecology of SW FL. We were able to experience several types of environments native to FL, including swamp, without the noise of an airboat, in complete safety. Enjoyed the beauty in quiet very much!
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Report | 22 days ago
The driver/tour guide was very personable and informative. There were many kids on the tour and they were having a great time. My husband is 6'4" and he had a tight squeeze getting his long legs in the school bus seats. Other than that it was a great experience.
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Report | 23 days ago
Great narrator!! The baby alligator was a plus🐊. We learned so much about the ecosystems, cypress swamp and the great Babcock family history. This should be on the"must do" list for southwest Florida!
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Report | a month ago
Enjoyed the ride through the cypress swamp and learning about Florida's ecosystem.
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Report | a month ago
Don't forget the bug spray. We LOVED the tour. We have already talked about returning and have told many of our friends. The tour guide was excellent. I think everyone that comes to Florida should go for the tour. It's so informative. It was really an enjoyable day!
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Report | 2 months ago
Totally enjoyed the exposure to the history of the area as well as the various ecosystems within Babcock Ranch. The open bus allows you to feel part of the area. I particularly liked the slough, filled with alligators and birds, where we ran through the water that was over the road. I have taken this tour twice, and plan to come back. Bring a good camera, if you are a photo but like I am.
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Report | 3 months ago
My kids loved and the weather was perfect...
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Report | 3 months ago
Great family fun!
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Guide Cheryl Dierken was driving her camouflaged tour bus down the swamp road when she felt a loud thud under the tires. Her passengers gasped. A ripple of water, and an alligator leapt from the water beside the bus. It splashed down, and then paddled away between thick trees and hanging vines. Though this was one of the most startling encounters that Cheryl has experienced leading a Babcock Wilderness Adventures tour, it hasn’t been the only one; she’s greeted snapping turtles in the bus stairwell and been approached by young wild hogs. Aboard a converted school bus with doors and windows removed, she and the other guides lead narrated tours through sections of the preserve’s more than 73,000 acres of freshwater marsh, prairie lands, functioning cattle ranch, and pine forest, as well as the 10,000-acre Telegraph Cypress Swamp.

On many of these tours, guides may point out photography opportunities as endangered fox squirrels, wood storks, alligators, and rare Florida panthers saunter by. At the Crescent B Ranch, guides point out horse-mounted cowboys herding cracker cattle; the native breed introduced to the ranch in the early 1900s. Staffers also introduce visitors to the original ranch commissary building and museum; built in the style of a rustic hunting shack for the 1995 film Just Cause. Inside, visitors peruse ecological exhibits on local snakes and see a stuffed three-horned cow that once lived on the ranch. Walking trails free of traffic lights connect the piney woods and swamps with a central visitor’s center, where picnic tables sit covered from the elements and a gift shop proffers barbecue sauce, alligator jerky, and local honey.

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