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Spend the day as a family in the wilderness of southern Florida Catch a glimpse of white tailed deer, exotic birds, American bison, and even panthers and alligators as you cruise along in the 90 minute Swamp Buggy Tour at Babcock Wilderness Adventures. This is the wilderness adventure you have always wanted to experience, right in the heart of south Florida! The Babcock Wilderness Adventures is located in Punta Gorda, Florida, right in between Venice and Ft. Myers at a 90,000-acre ranch. You won’t believe you are still in Florida when you arrive enclosed among the pine tree lined driveway and head towards the ranch on a dirt road.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures offers an educational but thrilling afternoon that is sure to cause a few squeals of excitement and awe at the intriguing wildlife native to southern Florida. Many people consider Florida to be a wonderful beachfront state, but Florida is also well known among wilderness experts for the immense diversity of animal and plant life. The Swamp Buggy Tour guide will explain the different species and give guest and opportunity to stop and watch some of these plants and often some of these creatures in action.

Along with the Swamp Buggy Tour, Babcock offers free educational programs about the history of Florida, of Babcock ranch, and even the natural history of the native plants and animals to southwestern Florida. There is also the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and gifts at the Country Store gift shop. Babcock encourages guests to bring their own picnic lunch and enjoy the endless view of the ranch at one of the many picnic tables. They also have the Gator Shack, open on a season basis, which gives a taste of the native gator tales and many other ranch treats. There is a small museum on the ranch grounds that includes historical remnants of south Florida and allows tour guests to see how the landscape of this region has grown and changed over the years.

If you are a true outdoorsman who enjoys game hunting, the Cypress Lodge is available for rent, with packages including meals, lodging, and an experienced outdoor guide to take you quail, wild turkey, or hog hunting in the wilderness of Babcock Ranch. There are enough facilities available for a group meeting or a family reunion at the Cypress Lodge, if you are interested in reuniting in south Florida’s wilderness. Call 941-639-3958 for hunting and Cypress Lodge reservations.

All tours of Babcock Wilderness Adventures are by reservation only, so call 800-500-5583 to set up a tour, available from 9-3 Nov through May and in the morning only between June and October.

To get to Babcock Ranch from Venice, take US-41 or I-75 S to US-17 N, for just a few minutes until you reach CR-74. Stay on CR-74 for approximately 15 miles until you reach SR-31. Turn right and you will see Babcock Ranch ahead at 8000 State Route 31. The trip to Punta Gorda should take between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

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