Welcome to the official blog for Babcock Ranch! Here, you'll find stories about Babcock, solar power, nature, innovation, or anything we think would be cool to share! Something you'd like to see? Let us know!
The Perfect Day at Babcock RanchDecember 15, 2017
Your opinion of a perfect day may be different from someone else’s, but at Babcock Ranch there’ll be plenty of opportunities for such days. That’s because the new town has been designed to help you create perfect days, whether you enjoy reading a good book in the shade, watching your children play, sharing a coffee with good friends after yoga or celebrating a special occasion at the restaurant.
The perfect day begins early at Babcock Ranch because nature surrounds the town. With each new day comes the promise of a brilliant start and a spectacular ending, courtesy of Southwest Florida’s sunshine.
Get to Know Babcock Ranch on Two Wheels
What if the perfect day started without having to drive?
Babcock Ranch will have 50 miles of paths for residents to use and biking will be one of the preferred modes of transportation. In fact, you may find you won’t need your car as much as you used to.
At Babcock Ranch, you can bike from your home to secluded wilderness areas or to the shops, restaurant and wellness center downtown. That’s because the community is designed to encourage biking and walking to reduce vehicular traffic.
For example, you might use your bike from home to visit the farmer’s market in the morning, head to the wellness center for yoga in the afternoon or enjoy a jazz concert at the band shell downtown in the evening.
Children will love biking the neighborhoods with their friends, just like you did when you were a child. Plus, you can forget about the carpool lane at Babcock Neighborhood School because children can bike safely to school each day.
Eat Around Town
Sometimes, it’s the simple pleasures that we appreciate.
For example, there’s something special about cooling off with an ice cream cone from Square Scoops in downtown Babcock Ranch on a hot summer day. Or meeting friends at the market café inside Slater’s Goods & Provisions after a workout at the wellness center.
You might work up a good appetite after a morning of kayaking and birding on Lake Babcock. Table & Tap, the farm-to-table restaurant, will serve you a healthy salad of local greens or a freshly prepared sandwich.
Table & Tap’s menu will change according to the seasons and depending on what’s available from local farms. You’ll enjoy fine dining every evening with the restaurant’s creative and inspiring menu.
Bask in the Outdoors
Outdoor life is a big draw at Babcock Ranch.
At Babcock Ranch, for example, you can kayak from a launch designed for that purpose at Lake Babcock. In fact, Curry Creek Outfitters has a storage facility at the launch so you don’t have to haul it from home. Visit Curry Creek Outfitters for the latest gear and gadgets that will make your kayak experiences memorable.
Beginner hikers will enjoy the EcoTour Trail, which provides a 1.5-mile hike through pine flatwoods. Park at the adjacent Babcock Wilderness Adventures parking area. Here’s a map. More advanced hikers will enjoy the Footprints Trail that opened in June 2008. Over five miles of trails in several different loops traverse pasture, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods and hammocks in the northwest corner of the property. Here’s a map.
You don’t have to go far to enjoy nature. Babcock’s first community, Lake Timber, has established a community garden which is the size of a football field where residents can grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Call 941-200-1438 to schedule a tour of Babcock Ranch and let us show you a perfect day in our new town.