When most people think of Florida, they think “beach!”

True, Florida has more than 8,000 miles of shoreline and 825 miles of sandy beaches. But it also has forests, swamps, wetlands, marshes, lakes, rivers, prairies, and scrublands of open pinelands with various oaks, shrubs, and saw palmetto. These landscapes support dozens of unique plants and dynamic animals.

You can experience the essence of these ecosystems in a wild area less than an hour-and-a-half drive from Marco Island – Babcock Ranch.

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