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Promising a unique vacation in the great outdoors, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in Lake Wales offers accommodations like no other. While you might not expect to find a dude ranch in the middle of the Sunshine State, you don’t have to head out West to feel like a cowboy because this unique 1,700-acre wilderness setting just one hour south of Orlando offers you all the western-themed fun you can handle.
Simply put, if you get bored here you’re doing it wrong. From kid-friendly hayrides to horseback riding through the miles of picturesque trails and ziplining over the ranch, the list of activities to choose from goes on. The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi, at its Adventure Park you’ll find bungee jumping, airboat rides, boat rentals, and an archery range. Sports enthusiasts are well taken care of with basketball courts, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, Rock Climbing Wall, and a Full-Service Marina for a day of fishing.
If you want to get up close and personal with some of the animals on the ranch, take the kids to the popular Petting Farm that includes horses, cows, pot-bellied pigs, goats, peacocks and other exotic animals or let the little ones get a taste of the cowboy lifestyle on a gentle Pony Ride.
Westgate River Ranch even hosts a Westgate Rodeo where you can cheer on bull riders and watch trick riding, bull riding, and barrel racing. If you’re looking for your own 8 seconds of fame, hop on the Mechanical Bull and try your best not to fall off. After the rodeo, there’s a fun Street Party with music from a live DJ and a dancing and games for the kids.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Westgate Smokehouse Grill for a family-friendly ambiance and a hearty menu of steaks, seafood, and burgers, while the River Ranch Saloon is the place to find live country-western entertainment, line dancing and boot-shaped souvenir mugs filled with beer.
You can pick from a variety of cowboy-themed accommodations at Westgate River Ranch, ranging from Lodge Guest rooms and suites to spacious two-bedroom cabins. Those who really love the outdoors can choose the RV and tent camping, while those who need a touch of luxury with their camping experience can go glamping in the 650-square foot Luxe Teepee and Glamping spaces that offer AC, king-sized beds and a private patio deck.
A perfect ending to an adventurous day on the ranch, sit by the central firepit and indulge in s’mores as you soak in Florida’s natural landscapes.
- Address: 3200 River Ranch Blvd, River Ranch, FL 33867
- Phone: 863-692-0727