There’s more to Southwest Florida than the beaches! Here are 3 great ideas to keep you busy and active in Florida’s outdoors once you’re ready to leave the beach.


Take A Hike

Southwest Florida offers a variety of beautiful walking trails and if you are looking for something off the beach’s path, you are sure to enjoy the trails at Babcock Ranch! Babcock Ranch is a 70,000+ acre land preserve that protects some of the most environmentally valuable areas of Southwest Florida. On the preserve, you’ll find a no-cost eco tour that allows you to get your feet wet on an exploration of Southwest Florida’s wet flatwoods habitats! Along the well-maintained trail you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of beautiful and native wildlife species. Learn more about this fun 45-minute hike on the Babcock Ranch Eco Tour website.


Take A Swamp Buggy Eco Tour

If you are too tuckered out for a hike, sit back, and relax on a Swamp Buggy Eco Tour instead! A Swamp Buggy Eco Tour is a fun way to experience the Florida outdoors while receiving tons of interesting information from an eco-tour guide. On the Babcock Ranch Swamp Buggy Eco Tours your 90-minute tour will meander through a variety of Florida ecosystems and give you the opportunity to see local wildlife up close and personal! On your tour you can expect to see an array of wildlife, ranging from magnificent native birds to intriguing alligators and adorable fox squirrels! Just make sure you book your Swamp Buggy Eco Tour tickets in advance, before all the seats fill up.


Explore The Area At Night

Get a totally unique look at Southwest Florida with a nighttime eco tour! This fun outdoor activity allows you to immerse yourself in nature’s natural nighttime sounds and gain an appreciation for just how many native Florida species are most active when the sun goes down. Babcock Ranch Eco Tours offers “Sounds of the Night” Tours, every last Saturday of the month, beginning at 5:30pm. Reservations are required but bookings are easy to make online!