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Babcock Ranch Preserve

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Punta Gorda, FL
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Wonderful place

We went here for the first time a few days ago. It was wonderful. Saw lots of birds, alligators... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2015
Amy M
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Magical place

I absolutely loved this place. We came here on Christmas Eve and it was so magical and relaxing... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2014
Vanessa P
Pembroke Pines FL
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Punta Gorda, FL
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Reviewed 4 January 2015

We went here for the first time a few days ago. It was wonderful. Saw lots of birds, alligators, and cattle. Our tour guide was great and very informative. Great spot for adults and kids alike.

4  Thank Amy M
Reviewed 30 December 2014

I absolutely loved this place. We came here on Christmas Eve and it was so magical and relaxing. We saw all of the animals we hoped to see and more. This is the real Florida and in the neighborhood you can find a lot of...More

3  Thank Vanessa P
Reviewed 24 December 2014

Babcock Wilderness Adventures is a great experience that everyone in my family appreciated, even though we all have different interests. It's an incredible immersion into actual Florida and an absolute contrast to the Disneyfication of everything else. We saw multiple alligators, so many birds, a...More

3  Thank es1977
Reviewed 19 December 2014

Experience Florida's past where cattle was king, gators thrived in swamps, birds or many kinds migrated to nest, and nature dominated man. The tour was educational, informative, and very user friendly. Bring a camera to enhance the fun, especially, seeing a full grown wildcat in...More

4  Thank reymoore21
Reviewed 29 November 2014

I like history and this was very informative relating to the history of Punta Gorda. Kids and adults should enjoy this.

5  Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Make time to take a tour here and learn about SW Florida. A fun trip while you learn. We are lucky tohave such a well maintained Preserve for future education of all visitors.

3  Thank DEBRA G
Reviewed 19 October 2014

My wife and I took the 1-1/2 hour tour through the Babcock Ranch wilderness, and declared it a worthwhile experience. Our tour guide explained the history of the property, which is an actual working ranch, and well as acres of natural Florida as it should...More

2  Thank JohnP13147
Reviewed 18 October 2014

We have been intending to visit the Babcock Ranch for a couple of years and finally took the tour today. The Babcock Ranch is a working cattle ranch as well as an area rich in wildlife. The 90 minute tour on an open bus (no...More

3  Thank Charlie_From_Ohio
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Intesting view of "old Florida". The tram/buggy seats need some attention. Fortunately it was not full when we visited, but many of the seats need repairs. Interesting way to spend part of a day. Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds. They have...More

2  Thank Pappywiz
Reviewed 12 September 2014

Visited with my wife and grandson. Excellent and engaging 1.5 hr bus tour that was well narrated. My grandson is 8 and he enjoyed it. You should make a reservation as it was full the day we took it. I would recommend for all ages.

3  Thank Gary D
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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