About Babcock Ranch

You will discover the natural heart of authentic Florida like you’ve never seen before on a narrated 90-minute eco-tour through Babcock Ranch.

Experience the thrill of seeing wildlife in nature – alligators, birds, perhaps deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys, Sandhill cranes and more, often coming within a few yards. Travel through four different ecosystems of Florida including Telegraph Cypress Swamp.

Our expert guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the history, wildlife, and various ecosystems you will see and will enhance your experience with their commentaries. Get back to nature and enjoy the excitement of a true wilderness adventure.

Available Tours

We offer a variety of tour types, and each offers its own unique connection to nature. Browse your ideal adventure and book below.

Swamp Buggy

Our most popular tour takes you on a 90-minute eco-tour through the natural wildlife of historic Babcock Ranch.

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Walking Tour

Get up close & personal with the palmetto prairie that attracted ranchers to South Florida, head off the beaten path to explore Babcock Ranch on foot.

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Specialty tours are offered on a sporadic basis. There are many types of tours and they include nighttime tours, photography tours, and more.

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We offer special educational tours for students of local schools or youth clubs like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

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  •   I booked the swamp buggy tour for our family of five. They had plenty of times to choose from when scheduling. We had the whole bus to ourselves, perfect for... read more


      A buggy ride through the swamp is always a great time, I personally find it very relaxing and honestly very stress relieving.
    Brad the tour guide is a wealth of... read more


      This was my second tour. For me, the winter/spring tour had more animals sighted. The summer tour gave more information concerning the area history, ecology with cool plant and animal... read more

  •   What do you do when there are so many restrictions and you have visitors from out of state? We found the perfect day trip from Bradenton by including the... read more

    Carolyn B

      This was one of the most fun adventures we have had in a long time. Our guide was absolutely amazing, made us laugh and smile the whole time, and... read more


      Awesome tour! Terry was an awesome tour guide. She knew so much about the history of the ranch and old Florida. We learned so much on our tour and the... read more

  •   Brad is great, staff is very friendly. We will be going back soon! Interesting history, and the scene is very cool.


      Rhonda was our guide. What a wonderful place to visit. I love seeing all the animals and the swamp. It was a great place and we will be back.


      The Ranch Eco Tour was Very interesting and informative. Our Guide, Brad, knew the history of the ranch, answered all questions, and made the trip fun.

  •   Gators (even babies), Pigs, Cows, Turkeys, Deer, Big Birds plus Amazing Southern Food at Gator Shack!! Get the Mac 'n Cheese.


      The knowledge and the ability to explain all the facets of the wildlife and the history of the area. our guide, Brad, was outstanding in all areas of the tour.... read more


      We live in Jacksonville and decide to take a short vacay to Cape Coral to get away during all the covid 19 craziness. It’s difficult to find things to do... read more

  •   Wonderful place, fantastic tour guide, perfect excursion with the family. The food in the restaurant is very delicious! I recommend the tour and the restaurant to everyone!


      My granddaughter and I had a lot of fun on the Eco Tour. Our tour guide was full of interesting information. This was my second visit and I will definitely... read more


      We enjoyed our tour thru the swamp and fields at Babcock Ranch Preserve. Our tour guide, Brad, was great. A very nice way to get ourside and be socially... read more

    Pat G