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Babcock Ranch Preserve

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Punta Gorda, FL
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See Florida the way it was 100 years ago.

With all of the golf courses, gated communities and shopping malls it is refreshing to see the real... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2015
deeda c
Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Outback wilderness adventure

See the working Babcock ranch while riding along in a camouflage windowless bus. The bus driver is... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2015
Syracuse, New York
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Punta Gorda, FL
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Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

With all of the golf courses, gated communities and shopping malls it is refreshing to see the real Florida. We spent two days riding bikes along a beautiful lake and driving dirt roads to see a large variety of birds. At a stop next to...More

1  Thank deeda c
Reviewed 7 April 2015

See the working Babcock ranch while riding along in a camouflage windowless bus. The bus driver is a wonderful tour guide, she stops frequently to show you the wilderness and a wide variety of animals. We stopped a few times and fed some cows and...More

2  Thank Patricktravels4
Reviewed 25 March 2015

A wonderful tour of the history of the Ranch from an amazing and knowlgeable tour guide. We rode an open air tour bus and saw lots of interesting wildlife. Don't miss the Florida Panther "Osceola".

1  Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 12 March 2015

This is a great little tour, especially if you are unfamiliar with Florida's history as a center of the cattle and timber business. Tour guide was full of fun facts about history and plants. And of course you get to see the obligatory alligator and...More

1  Thank RichardB32322
Reviewed 19 February 2015

As other reviewers have said it's a great tour. We took the 10:00 am tour lasting and hour and a half. Take bottles of water and snacks. You can buy them in the very neat gift shop. We saw a variety of eco-systems from plains...More

2  Thank QuakerBoy90
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We took the "off-road" trip on a converted school bus. The driver was full of information about the history of the ranch and the local wildlife. Beautiful back country. Be sure to pet the alligator that rides the bus with you.

3  Thank Ron D
Reviewed 16 February 2015

This was one of the most enjoyable and educational afternoons during our trip! Perfect for families, or couples! The tour guides and employees are sincere people who really go out of their way to teach you about the preserve, and make the tour enjoyable. I...More

1  Thank KMcDanielJohnson
Reviewed 31 January 2015

This is a very interesting outing make sure you go you will not be disappointed. You will see a lot of wild life and the guide is very knowledgeable about the wild life and vegetation.

1  Thank Grandseven
Reviewed 11 January 2015

We take our tourist friends here often. It gives them an instant understanding of Florida's diverse eco-systems and interesting flora and fauna. There is so much more than golf courses and Disney and this is the place to prove it.

4  Thank dredmonds
Reviewed 5 January 2015

Well run preserve showing Florida's wildlife. Interesting for kids as well as adults. Good place to see interior of Florida and land conservation.

1  Thank Janet K
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1 February 2017|
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Response from Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
It is a 90 minute tour. We purchased our tickets through Groupon (they are often on there) and they were 4/$40.
23 February 2015|
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Response from dredmonds | Reviewed this property |
Call them, but I don't think it would be a good idea. You will see alligators and possibly a herd of wild hogs. Your dog may not be safe.
Marge B
15 February 2015|
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Response from Amy M | Reviewed this property |
EV Babcock was the original owner and was a land baron from Pennsyvania. He developed the land in 1914 for logging and built a small town here. In the 1940s his son transferred 65,000 of the 156,000 acres to the state. The... More