First mined in the early 1900’s, Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Ranch’s 200-acres was primarily used for the processing of phosphate. Much of the land has been left to develop on its own for about 95 years and now encompasses a variety of plants and animals of both upland and wetland ecosystems. With God’s help, the land has matured into a beautiful lush rainforest area similar to Florida thousands of years ago.
Discover through a tram tour or walking tour a hands-on class showing the amazing ability of nature to reclaim land left alone and learn about the competition among plans and animals to gain a foothold on this beautiful land.
Our tours are approximately 45 minutes and meet the Sunshine State Standards. During the duration of the tour, we cover about 100 acres of reclaimed land left undisturbed for over 95 years. Land includes arid upland and lower marsh communities. A variety of flora and fauna can be found, both indigenous and invasive. Fauna include possums, raccoons, alligators, foxes, deer, turkeys, bobcats, snakes, turtles, and a variety of birds and insects. The trees are also dotted with indications of woodpecker feeding and nesting sites. Flora include many cabbage palms, oaks, hickory, beauty berry, and lantana.
Here at Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Event Ranch, we think nature and history should be hands on. Here you’ll pan for gemstones and and minerals just like Texans of years passed panned for silver. First you decide what treasure you’ll find by choosing from several different bags of mining rough. With just a screen tray, your bag of mining rough, a trough of water, and sense of discovery, you and your family will find gems and minerals, fossils, or even arrow heads, all hidden and waiting to be uncovered! Then use the identification charts to accurately identify exactly what you have found. They’ll be a lesson in Geology, discovery, and good old fashion fun! Not surprisingly, its one of our most popular amenities with the kids. And who knows, maybe you’ll rediscover the simple joy of getting your hands dirty. It’s just one of the amenities for you to explore right here at Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Event Ranch!
Parking Lot Tram Service
Ping Pong Table