The Lower Gulf Coast Sights

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

  • 8000 Rte. 31 Map It
  • Punta Gorda
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 09/17/2015

Fodor's Review

To see what Florida looked like centuries ago, visit Babcock's Crescent B Ranch, northeast of Fort Myers. During the 90-minute swamp-buggy-style excursion you ride in a converted school bus through several ecosystems, including the unusual and fascinating Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Along the way an informative and typically amusing guide describes the area's social and natural history while you keep an eye peeled for alligators, wild pigs, all sorts of birds, Florida panthers, and other denizens of the wild. The tour also takes in the ranch's resident cattle and cougar in captivity. Reservations are needed for tours. An on-site restaurant serves "Cracker" chow in season.

Sight Information


8000 Rte. 31, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33982, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Eco-tour $24; cost for other specialty tours varies
  • Oct.–May,tours daily; June–Sept., tours Tues.–Sat. All tours by reservation only; some specialty tours are offered only monthly or seasonally
  • Reservations essential

Published 09/17/2015


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