Day Tripping

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Babcock Wilderness Adventures offers a glimpse of the real, old Florida. Billed as Florida`s #1 Eco Tour, the Crescent B Ranch, a working range owned by the Babcock family, sprawls across 90,000 acres in Charlotte County. On the 90-minute tour, you`ll travel in shaded comfort through a Florida cypress swamp aboard a swamp buggy as guides make the woods come alive. Alligators abound, often coming within a few yards of the buggies. You`ll see woodland animals such as panthers, deer and bison up close and natural. There`s even a three-horned cow named Lulu. Later, browse through the Babcocks` Old Country Store, or sample native Cracker cuisine in the food service area, a rustic, natural wood building nestled under tall southern slash pines. Or visit the bunkhouse, for years the cultural center of the Crescent B. The entrance is on State Road 31 about seven miles north of the Lee County Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Tours are by reservation and every day is different, call for rates. Phone: 1-800-500-5583.
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

On your way to the Babcock Ranch, you might stop off at the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center, just off State Road 31, which has a host of animals, many of which are retired circus performers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Donations are requested. Five miles north of the Lee County Civic Center on S.R. 31 in North Fort Myers. Phone 543-1130.
Location: Punta Gorda, Florida
Wooten`s Everglades Boat Tours

Wooten`s Everglades Boat Tours

We have exciting rides, natural beauty, and educational fun for all ages: Glide across 259 private acres on our Everglades Grassland Airboat Tour Reserve an exclusive boat for a longer Private Airboat Tour Soak up the natural beauty of a cypress forest on our Swamp Buggy Tour Watch a Live Alligator Show and hug your own alligator See panthers, a tiger, otters, snakes, and over 100 alligators in our Animal Sanctuary Get cool refreshments in our gift shop, then take a piece of the Everglades home
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

The Everglades spans across 1.5 million acres that stretches over the southern part of Florida, but it easy to access the parks three main areas. The northern section of the park is accessible via Miami or Everglades City, the southern section is accessible through Homestead. Visiting the Everglades allows you to explore a vast diversity of flora and fauna in different eco-systems: freshwater sloughs, marl prairies, tropical hammocks, pineland, cypress, mangrove, coastal lowlands, marine, and estuarine.