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Babcock Ranch Preserve

#12 of 57 things to do in Punta Gorda Features Animals
Punta Gorda, FL
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Old Florida Time Capsule

This is the best kept secret in Florida. An authentic nature tour in an untouched corner of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
Fantastic tour

This trip was amazing. I think it's very different to take this tour in the summer times when it's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Punta Gorda, FL
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 May 22, 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 April 8, 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 March 22, 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 March 14, 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 February 19, 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
Reviewed January 17, 2017

A ride in the woods on an old school bus with no windows. We saw some animals, but nothing that I haven't seen in the back yard of my condo. The stuffed cow with a third horn didn't impress me much either. Take water –...More

2  Thank Jennie P
Reviewed October 19, 2016

Hop on the bus, Gus! You have the chance to see Florida´s great wildlife including Osceola, the Florida Panther, lots of gators, birds and a part of the old Florida trail. Nice place and great tour guides. Kiss a gator (if you want)!

Thank epicureantom
Reviewed October 14, 2016

One of the better / must see tours in the area. They take you by an old school bus through the woods,. See lots of animals and very old Florida. They have a snack bar for lunch.

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January 31, 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.
February 22, 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
February 14, 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