Babcock Wilderness Adventures



General Information

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Take A Ride On The Wild Side!

8000 State Road 31
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

1-800-500-5583

touroffice@babcockranchpreserve.org

www.babcockwilderness.com

941-637-4611

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Additional Information Babcock Ranch serves as an important base for agricultural companies. Tenant farmers harvest a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, squash, zucchini, beans, lettuce and watermelons. Bahia and Floratam sod farming is an integral part of our agricultural operation.


Babcock's Crescent B ranch encompasses a 90,000+ acre area. The ranch is considered an inland, upland, fresh water eco-system. It includes a variety of habitats such as: oak hammocks, pine woods, pastures, wet lands and the 10,000 acre Telegraph Cypress Swamp, so named because telegraph communication lines had to be routed around the swamp. Ranch land extends into Charlotte and Lee counties, in a 153 square mile contiguous block-six times the size of the island of Manhattan. Cowhands on registered quarter horses work the cattle herds much the same as in the past. Horses and dogs are still used today because cattle often roam into areas inaccessible to jeeps and trucks.

Enjoy a 90-minute Buggy Tour through the Babcock Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp. Experienced guides offer in-depth descriptions of birds, animals, plants, and the cattle and horses that are raised on the ranch. Visitors will see alligators, and many other animals living in Southwest Florida. All tours are by reservation only.

In the tour area you'll find a small museum featuring Florida history, Babcock operations, and natural history artifacts. The museum itself is actually a movie set used by Warner Brothers in the 1995 film "Just Cause" (starring Sean Connery) that was filmed in part right here on Babcock Ranch.

Our gift shop features items of special interest to Babcock Ranch, the Wilderness Tour and Florida wildlife. The "Country Store" is open before and after tour times.

Picnic Facilities are available year-round. You can bring your own picnic lunch or enjoy a lunch in our Gator Shack Restaurant, which is open seasonally.

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