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Babcock Ranch Preserve

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Punta Gorda, FL
+1 800-500-5583
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very informative

Great tour of the SW Florida eco system. Rhonda, our guide had so much knowledge of the preserve... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Bonita Springs, Florida
We love the bus ride

We all had so much fun on the tour. The preserve is so nice and the bugs are not real bad so that... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Teerry W
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Punta Gorda, FL
+1 800-500-5583
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Great tour of the SW Florida eco system. Rhonda, our guide had so much knowledge of the preserve and the history of Babcock Ranch that I wished I took notes. This is a must do for your out-of-town guests.

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We all had so much fun on the tour. The preserve is so nice and the bugs are not real bad so that made the trip even better. So much land and things we seen. The young ones had a blast riding in the bus

Thank Teerry W
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Lots of land preserved as natuarl habitat camping , kyacking and much more. I even saw a shooting range.

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 18 August 2017

This is the best kept secret in Florida. An authentic nature tour in an untouched corner of the state by people who are passionate about showing and preserving life as it was decades ago. Wildlife is so abundant that it almost comes across as surreal.

Thank Samiam433
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This trip was amazing. I think it's very different to take this tour in the summer times when it's rainy season than in the dry season, because it's so much water in the park and you are driving with an old school bus into the...More

Thank Anette G
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Wonderful place to have an awesome lunch. Heard dinner and entertainment was even better. Lunch was superb! From the specialty soup, salad, Rueben with an egg on top, skirt steak, appetizers, etc. it was delicious. Chef did an excellent job of creating a gastronomical experience...More

1  Thank Fran W
Reviewed 8 April 2017

A few model homes and lots available for new home building. They are in the early building stage. It was a shorter drive to shopping etc than I thought it would be so good location.

Thank 39pw
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

A self-contained gone green Eco community development in very early stages. "Downtown" will feature its own Charter School. Large lake with water sports and Eco tours. Recommend visiting during week as weekends are crowded. Good restaurant on site for lunch. Some home sites are quite...More

1  Thank Ray S
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We found this on Trip Advisor and thought we would give it a try. What a pleasant experience. Spending 90+ minutes in an open air school bus may not seem like a comfortable way to spend time but it will fly by enjoyably and quickly....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We took this trip last year and its interesting. We saw gators and actually touched a small one that was held by our driver. They had a panther on display and many walking trails. We boarded an open truck to go around the property.

Thank GiGi Q
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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