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Babcock Ranch Preserve

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Punta Gorda, FL
800-500-5583
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Great Tour

One of the better / must see tours in the area. They take you by an old school bus through the... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
retiredguy43
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Punta Gorda, Florida
Fun family time

We took our friends out on the bus tour (with 4 small kids) and had a great time. It was very... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Amanda T
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  • Average5%
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“old florida” (18 reviews)
“school bus” (8 reviews)
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Punta Gorda, FL
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Reviewed 14 October 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.

Thank retiredguy43
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We took our friends out on the bus tour (with 4 small kids) and had a great time. It was very informative and the kids thought all of the animals were very cool. It is a nice little trip, which takes you into places you...More

Thank Amanda T
Reviewed 14 May 2016

The range is a good place for 200 yd rifle and 20 yard pistol. If your new to the range ask about the shooting rules. You will get an ear full if you cross the orange line after cold range is called. Watch out for...More

1  Thank BoydB408
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

There is alot of wildlife at Babcock Ranch Preserve mostly alligators 🐊🐊 on my trip we saw alligators,birds and a Panther we saw no snakes apart from two of them at the fronton glass boxes . Our guide Joe was really good except the speaker...More

Thank EvaDelaney5374
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Had a fabulous tour guide, Terry who knew everything and made it such a pleasurable day. Very fortunate to see a lot of wildlife. A relaxing tour, did not feel rushed.

Thank Janine S
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We bought the groupon and enjoyed a tour and lunch it was an enjoyable time for all ages!! My 4 year old LOVED all the various animals that we saw!!

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 26 March 2016

I purchased this tour from Groupon as something to do with family while on vacation. I had read very positive reviews and this did not disappoint! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the preserve, its history as well as the wildlife that we...More

2  Thank Jen H
Cheryl D, Manager at Babcock Ranch Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Thank you for your review and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 25 March 2016

My wife and I and another couple decided, based on friends recommendation to take the Babcock Wilderness Adventure tour. You should have reservations and depending on the temperature forecast, it may be cooler taking the 10 AM 1.5 hour tour. The bus is completely open...More

Thank Dennis O
Cheryl D, Manager at Babcock Ranch Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Thank you for your review and suggestions. We are always looking for ideas and improvement on the tours. (Seats with more space are a popular suggestion!)

Reviewed 22 March 2016

Great way to learn about Florida history and ecosystems. 90 minute tour is interesting and informative. Lots of wildlife. Knowledgeable guides and easy to get to.

1  Thank kentu547
Cheryl D, Manager at Babcock Ranch Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our 1.5 hour swamp buggy (school bus on steroids) tour of South Florida wilderness. Our buggy driver tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wilderness flora, fauna, wildlife, and history of the area. We saw many alligators, turtles, wild turkeys,...More

Thank Angela N
Cheryl D, Manager at Babcock Ranch Preserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Thank you for taking the time to give us your great review!

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yaz001
31 January 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.
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Miklil
22 February 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.
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Marge B
14 February 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
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