Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers many opportunities to walk on the wild side. Here's a new way to ride on the wild side: Babcock Wilderness Adventures in Punta Gorda, Fla., is offering a new opportunity: the Cypress Lodge Heritage Tour. This tour offers visitors an opportunity to visit Fred Babcock's residence on the Crescent B Ranch: The Cypress Lodge. Visitors will be granted access to an area of the ranch previously off limits to members of the public and only reserved for staff and family and friends of the Babcocks. The journey begins aboard a buggy similar to those custom-made for Mr. Babcock and used to show visitors his ranch during the mid- to late-20th century. Upon arriving to the lodge, visitors are welcomed with light hors d’oeuvres of spinach and artichoke dip, fruit and cheese and can explore the residence at their leisure. A catered lunch with choice of garlic and herb crusted prime rib or Italian sautéed chicken cutlets and all the fixings follows. Enjoy the wilds of the Telegraph Cypress Swamp from the comforts of the screened porch area where it's common to observe birds, alligators and Florida cracker cattle. Hear stories about the lodge, view a video of Babcock's cowboys in action and meet some of the Telegraph Cypress Swamp residents up close. Afterwards, board the buggy and complete the famous Babcock Wilderness Adventures eco-tour. The 3.5 hour tour is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays with a prompt departure time of 11:30 a.m. The tour accommodates up to 12 people and a minimum of six people are needed in order for the tour to depart. The Cypress Heritage Lodge Tour costs $74.95 for adults (13 and older), $49.95 for children (3-12) and “lap babies” (0 – 2) are free. Visit www.babcockwilderness.com for additional information and call 1-800-500-5583 to book your reservations.
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.