|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.