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“Go "back in the day" of a Florida Cracker Ranch”

Babcock Ranch Eco Tours
Ranked #2 of 22 Tours in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Babcock Ranch Eco Tour takes you on 90 minute eco-tour through the Babcock Ranch. You will travel through the working cattle ranch and learn its history, wander through Florida eco-systems, all the while getting up close and personal with the local wildlife. There is a picnic area, gift shop and exhibits to enjoy as well.So come on out and get back to nature!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Fort Myers, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Go "back in the day" of a Florida Cracker Ranch”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

I'm a local and this was the first visit of many to come. A wonderful trip into the past of an authentic working ranch. We the state of Florida are lucky to have this large chunk of history and ecosystem preserved for the future. Our guide Peggy was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and loves her job- she does what it takes to work here, last week she was painting fences. I love the rustic rich history of old Florida when the Crackers came to hunt cattle in the Scrub. I think everyone should real "A Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith before coming to the ranch to better understand the challenges of settling this part of Florida. The day we went started a chilly 40 degrees with wind, we dressed for it. Yes, it can rain and you will get wet (you may call ahead reschedule if the weather looks bad). Yes, there can be mosquitos bring spray. Yes, it can be hot, it's Florida! Yes, you are treat like a welcome visitor, but this is not a luxury resort. Yes, there are very clean and new restrooms. I loved every tree, every plant, every gator and every bird we saw. I can't wait to visit in the rainy season to experience the difference.

Visited October 2013
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North Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Guaranteed alligator sighting”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Babcock wilderness is one of those "Off the beaten path" attractions. Hard to find but worth while. We would have missed it if not for GPS. They run a converted school bus through the meadows and swamps and you get to see lots of wild life.

Visited October 2013
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North Fort Myers
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tour a huge working Florida ranch and see native animals.”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Grandkids (5&6) were here and we needed to keep them occupied, well our visit to Babcock was wonderful. We had a cracker cattle stick its head inside the bus, saw tons of gators w/o worry, learned about various horses and procedures used and the kids enjoyed it as well as the adults! A great tour, a fun guide, would highly recommend it as a learning experience.

Visited December 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful trip back to old Florida”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We have lived here for several years and vacationed her for more than 20 without ever having visited Babcock Wilderness Adventures. I am so glad that we finally made the trip! We took the 10 am tour so the temperature was perfect and there were no bugs. I suggest carrying bug spray anywhere you go in FL though because you just never know! Everyone from the cashier to our tour guide, Terry, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw tons of owls, snakes, birds, turkey, cattle, horses, and lots of gators! The property is gorgeous and just what I imagined old time FL would have looked like to the pioneers. The various ecosystems make for an engaging tour and we will go back during a different season to see the changes in landscape. We did use a groupon, which made it a very affordable morning outing for three.

Visited December 2013
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Naples, Florida, USA
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Babcock Ranch”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

What a pleasant afternoon touring the Babcock Ranch. We saw many birds, deer, snakes, and especially alligators!! We had our daughter and her family here with us for a visit. Since both our daughter and son-in-law are teachers and thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

Visited November 2013
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