Wilderness Eco-Tours for One, Two, or Four at Babcock Wilderness Adventures (Up to 50% Off)

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Converted school buses navigate 73,000+ acres of preserve’s woods, prairie, and swamp; guides point out wildlife and divulge historic facts

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Panthers are unpredictable creatures, which is why you should never approach them in the wild or depend on them to babysit your pet squirrel. Have a brush with the animal kingdom with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $12 for a wilderness eco-tour for one (up to $24 value)
  • $24 for a wilderness eco-tour for two (up to $48 value)
  • $48 for a wilderness eco-tour for four (up to $96 value)

Passengers board converted school buses for wheeled treks through the preserve’s four defined ecosystems; a freshwater marsh, prairie, pine forest, and the 10,000-acre Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Guides may point out endangered animals such as fox squirrels, wood storks, and Florida panthers—which passengers may observe up close without the hassles of dressing up like a rock. During each tour, guides divulge a history of the founding Babcock family and discuss the flora and fauna within each ecosystem. Buses make a stop at the swamp boardwalk, where visitors can disembark and walk over swamp territory before re-boarding.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

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.

Customer Reviews

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.
Kaye D. · July 2, 2016
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!
Kathleen · June 23, 2016
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.
Bonnie I. · June 3, 2016

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