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“Great if you want to see Florida wildlife and ecosystems”

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, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 5, 2014

A bus tour on a converted school bus, this is a great tour for anyone whether able or unable to walk well, but able to climb on a bus. Toured during the dry season, and were treated to all kinds of wildlife; alligators, cattle, deer, turkey (a male and female, he was strutting with his tail fanned out right next to the bus), a year old alligator they keep for an "up close" experience, and lots of other birds; herons, ibis and more. Saw "cypress knees", bromeliads, and different ecosystems throughout the tour. Definitely enjoyed it, and took some good pictures. They only suggestion is for the sound system that the tour guide used. Tinny and difficult to hear, especially if your hearing is not 100%. Babcock, please invest in a new system on the buses, with headsets for the drivers. Terry was the guide, did a good job.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Although the website says "walk-ins welcome", we were admonished for not making reservations and their bus was full. Not a whole lot to see for exhibits and such (two snakes total), and we were told that there was a much better nature walk a couple of miles up the road on Babcock property rather than the one at hand. "Clearly marked trail and a cypress swamp" they said, so we drove there and tried it, despite the warning signs about poisonous snakes and unfriendly cows. The marked trail neither starts nor ends at the parking area, and we blundered upon it only partway through our hike. We saw what might have been cypress trees, but no swamp and no wild critters of any sort. Perhaps a recent burn-over chased them all away. The marked trail seemed to lead us in a circle, and we found our way out only by heading toward a cell tower.

The nature ride might be wonderful, but our experience wasn't.

1  Thank BobRLyndeborough_NH
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Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We visited as a family with two kids parents and grandparents. Everyone enjoyed our visit.
I did not realize it before arrival but this is a location that posts deals on groupon so with looking into.
It buggy guide was Terry and her your was great. Plenty of wildlife info and history of the 91,000 acre property while touring.
We saw wild turkeys, many birds, quite a few gators and of course the cattle raised here.

The property has a gift shop, small restaurant cow pens, owl exhibit, small kid activity area, o outdoor picnic tables etc.
This is a ways back in the woods and was fairly shady. The gift shop has a nice assortment that includes local honey.
If the right of bouncing along in a camo school bus enjoying nature and wildlife excites you, you will have a good time. We did.

1  Thank travelingclark
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We went during the dry season and it was still fantastic! We got there 30 minutes early, which was plenty of time to check out the small exhibits and animals near the gift store. The Eco-Tour buggy is an old, converted school bus with some big mud tires and no windows - so anywhere you sit has a fantastic view. Our tour guide was SO informative and you stop about half way through and take a walk down a board walk among some huge cypress trees (not much water there this time, but apparently a very different experience during the rainy season). We still went through some wet portions of swamp and there is an awesome bridge over some water where you are almost guaranteed to see some alligators! We also saw some snakes, lots of great birds, and a herd of cracker cattle (which roam free in parts of the ranch). Really a great way to get out into the ranch to learn about the history and see some nature. We'd like to go again over the summer just for the different experience! Totally worth the trip!

Thank Lrichardson
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

A real Florida experience. My wife and I have been part time Fort Myers residents for many years but had never made it to Babcock. Now we're a fan. The tour was by windowless school bus. The guide was entertaining, energetic and informative. The 90 minutes on the bus was just right to have a good look around the ranch and feel satisfied. Yes, as other have said you will see plenty of animals including alligators. There was even an opportunity to pet a baby alligator for those that desire. The day that we were there the restaurant was closed. The museum and display were small. Watch for a Groupon but it's worth it full price.

4  Thank lsb_travels
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