I’m exploring Charlotte County, Florida, this week thanks to the Charlotte Harbor Visitors and Convention Bureau. The reason I am so interested in this area is that it offers abundant adventure travel options. Our focus during this trip is birding and eco-tourism. Today we visited the 90,000-acre Babcock Wilderness Preserve via a converted school bus run by Babcock Wilderness Adventures.
I’ll admit to being skeptical about it at first because I usually don’t care for tours, but I left up impressed. We saw more wildlife than any other Florida outing I’ve been on, and the school-bus-turned-swamp-buggy allowed me to see terrain I normally wouldn’t cross on foot. All of the wildlife is free to come and go as it pleases, but the Babcock Wilderness Preserve provides such a happy home that they naturally tend to hang out there. Parts of the route had us literally driving through swamp and at one point we had to stop until an alligator moved off of the road.
Here are a few pictures of the tour: