Experience an Authentic Dude Ranch at Westgate River Ranch

written by | Posted on January 29th, 2013

Return to the days of “Old Florida” and unleash your inner cowboy at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch nestled on 1,700 acres in Central Florida that provides fun and adventure for the whole family!

The perfect backdrop for your family vacation getaway, Westgate River Ranch boasts Western-themed accommodations and a myriad of great family-oriented activities, including horseback riding (extended trail rides and riding lessons are available), hiking, fishing, a full-service marina with 20-ft. pontoon boat rentals, and a bait and tackle shop, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, a nine-hole Joe Lee-designed championship golf course, and a petting farm with barnyard animals and livestock.

Guests can enjoy a hearty meal at the award-winning Smokehouse Grill, a charming waterfront eatery that overlooks the scenic Kissimmee River and is open Thursday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner; go line dancing at the River Ranch Saloon, which features live music on Friday and Saturday nights; take an old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hayride through the beautiful 7,000-acre KICCO Wildlife Management Area, followed by a family-style country buffet; and thrill to the action of the Saturday night championship rodeo, which boasts bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, trick riding, rodeo clown antics and patriotic tribute to our armed forces. In addition, kids are invited into the rodeo arena near the end of the evening to participate in a real “calf scramble,” followed by a rodeo dance with a live DJ.

Onsite amenities at Westgate River Ranch also include tennis and basketball courts, a fitness center, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, catch and release pond, horseshoes, miniature golf course, video arcade and 24-hour front desk, as well as a general store and deli and Western store. In addition, Westgate River Ranch features a delightful wedding chapel and a 5,000-ft. private airport on the premises. The Western-themed accommodations at Westgate River Ranch range from efficiencies with kitchenettes to spacious 2-bedroom cabins that sleep up to eight guests and feature fully equipped kitchens, queen sleeper sofas, dining areas, and wrap-around porches or screened-in patios. Westgate River Ranch is a pet-friendly resort, allowing pets under 60 lbs. (fee and deposit apply).

Centrally located between the Atlantic and Gulf beaches, Westgate River Ranch lies near Lake Wales and is just one hour south of Orlando and its world-class theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit wgriverranch.com.