Summer’s coming and there is plenty to keep you occupied this season in Punta Gorda! Here are 4 fun summertime activities for kids that the whole family can enjoy.

Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour

Babcock Ranch’s Swamp Buggy Eco-Tours are the ideal way to get outside with the kids and see the natural heart of authentic Florida. During your 90-minute, narrated tour, you’ll have the thrill of seeing wildlife in nature while traveling through 4 unique Florida ecosystems— including the Telegraph Cypress Swamp!  Along the way, your expert guide will walk you through the history of the area and point out animals you may not have seen— like alligators camouflaged in swampy waters or wild turkeys roosting in trees. Learn more about the Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour and book your tickets here.

Chow Down on Some Delicious BBQ

If you worked up an appetite during your eco-tour, stop by the Gator Shack Restaurant to enjoy some delicious BBQ! The rotating menu includes mouth-watering options the kids are sure to love like chili and cornbread, ribs, burgers, pulled pork, and more. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cold sundae on a hot summer’s day!

Take A Hike!

Looking for summertime activities where you can let the kids run wild? Take the kiddos on a no-cost walking tour of the Babcock Ranch Preserve! The well-maintained trail allows you to explore the wet flatwoods habitats through the palmetto prairie. Don’t forget your cameras and binoculars, you and the kids are sure to find some amazing wildlife on your 45-minute stroll. This eco-tour is in a prime location to see some of the rarer birds in Florida.

A Nighttime Adventure

You may be familiar with Florida’s natural landscape during the day— but have you ever taken a nighttime eco-tour? Immersing yourself in the sounds of Florida’s natural landscape at night is a totally different experience than what you’ve felt on a daytime eco-tour. Babcock Ranch’s monthly “Sounds of the Night Tour” will take you to the ranch’s boardwalk and gator bridge to experience nature like never before. Sign up to join one of these eco-tours on the last Saturday of the month at 5:30 pm!