Far and wide, there's no denying that the Sunshine State is home to some of the most gorgeous places to explore nature; Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area is no exception, offering up some of the most picturesque views of the natural Florida landscape.
Grab your BFF or boo and take a spontaneous road trip for an enchanting nature escape. This little piece of wildlife paradise sits comfortably nestled along the west coast in Punta Gorda, waiting for you to explore its diverse beauty.
The park protects 65,750 acres of land, perfect for viewing some of Florida's native wildlife — particularly rare & endangered species of bird and small critters. You may even see a gator loungin' in the Florida Sunshine — like going on your very own little hiking wildlife safari.
Some have even run into deer and cow on their adventures at the park — lovingly nicknaming them "swamp cows". You never know what wonderful wildlife you'll see on your visit.
Of course, the animals live among the park's stunning scenic landscape — from mature pine forests to perfect prairies, magnificent marshes, pine flatwoods, and even the gorgeous Webb Lake, the views you can see exploring this park truly speak for themselves. The sunsets here are absolutely incredible.
If you happen to enjoy camping, it's secluded enough from light pollution for some spectacular stargazing around a campfire. Sharpen up your long exposure photography skills to get some incredible shots of the stars and our Milky Way Galaxy.
They even have great conditions for a meteor shower viewing.
If you like to hunt or fish, Babcock Webb also offers the perfect setting for you to cast your line. Whether you want to hike the trails during the day, fish on a weekend afternoon, or camp overnight for the starry sky views, there are so many unreal sights to see at Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area.
If you're looking for another natural adventure, this secret road near Orlando will take you on a free wildlife safari or this Florida Zipline Course will take you on a jungle adventure.
An overview of Babcock Webb can be viewed below.
Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area
Price: $3 per person, $6 per non-commercial vehicle; group rates also available.
Address: 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Hours: An hour and a half before sunrise to an hour and a half after sunset, unless you're camping here of course. Public access is allowed at any time during the raccoon and opossum season.
Why You Need To Go: Stunning nature views from waterscapes to the forest to the sky. Admire wildlife as they roam their natural habitats, and get some of the most gorgeous nature shots you could possibly imagine. It's a great place for hiking, hunting, and camping too!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.