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Babcock Ranch Preserve

#12 of 56 things to do in Punta Gorda Features Animals
Punta Gorda, FL
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Wonderful place to have an awesome lunch. Heard dinner and entertainment was even better. Lunch... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Fran W
Fort Myers, Florida
Babcock Ranch New Home Development

A few model homes and lots available for new home building. They are in the early building stage... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Wonderful place to have an awesome lunch. Heard dinner and entertainment was even better. Lunch was superb! From the specialty soup, salad, Rueben with an egg on top, skirt steak, appetizers, etc. it was delicious. Chef did an excellent job of creating a gastronomical experience...More

Thank Fran W
Reviewed 8 April 2017

A few model homes and lots available for new home building. They are in the early building stage. It was a shorter drive to shopping etc than I thought it would be so good location.

Thank P W
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

A self-contained gone green Eco community development in very early stages. "Downtown" will feature its own Charter School. Large lake with water sports and Eco tours. Recommend visiting during week as weekends are crowded. Good restaurant on site for lunch. Some home sites are quite...More

1  Thank Ray S
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We found this on Trip Advisor and thought we would give it a try. What a pleasant experience. Spending 90+ minutes in an open air school bus may not seem like a comfortable way to spend time but it will fly by enjoyably and quickly....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We took this trip last year and its interesting. We saw gators and actually touched a small one that was held by our driver. They had a panther on display and many walking trails. We boarded an open truck to go around the property.

Thank GiGi Q
Reviewed 18 January 2017

A ride in the woods on an old school bus with no windows. We saw some animals, but nothing that I haven't seen in the back yard of my condo. The stuffed cow with a third horn didn't impress me much either. Take water –...More

2  Thank Jennie P
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Hop on the bus, Gus! You have the chance to see Florida´s great wildlife including Osceola, the Florida Panther, lots of gators, birds and a part of the old Florida trail. Nice place and great tour guides. Kiss a gator (if you want)!

Thank epicureantom
Reviewed 15 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 15 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 Boyd B
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How much and long is the tour?
1 February 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.
Can I bring my dog to the Babcock Ranch Preserve? Thanks for answering
23 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.
Marge B
Who was the original owner of this land?
15 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