Archive for the ‘Dude Ranch’ Category

River Ranch Featured in Vero Beach Magazine

August 3, 2010

 

An authentic dude ranch that lies just 50 miles from downtown Vero Beach, Westgate River Ranch was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Vero Beach Magazine:

“Instead of mechanical park rides and automated animals, this old world – so near yet so far from the madding crowd – was populated by livestock and cowboys. Quarter horses and cattle, including some longhorn steers, roamed the pastures, and a menagerie of sheep, goats, donkeys, llamas and other exotic creatures resided in a petting farm . . . There were hayrides through a vast, wooded preserve and across a grassy open range, followed by a family-style, buffet barbecue, and marshmallows toasted by the fire . . . horseback riding along a trail that was almost totally enveloped in forest and grasslands . . . a rodeo, with cowboys and cowgirls whose expert roping and riding filled the arena with drama and pageantry . . . The 1,700-acre dude ranch sits along the banks of the Kissimmee River surrounded by thousands of acres of land, most of it leased from the state and federal government to local ranchers.”

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

USA Today Features Westgate River Ranch

July 15, 2010

“The website Family Vacation Critic.com calls Westgate River Ranch in Central Florida one of 10 ‘Best Dude Ranches.’ The kids will forget they’re an hour from Disney World when they’re riding horses down the Kissimmee River trail, watching Saturday night championship rodeos, taking hayrides through the countryside, fishing in the local pond, riding in swamp boats, skeet shooting and visiting with animals at the petting zoo . . .”
- Jenn Fusion, Family Vacation With Horseback Riding, USA Today

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Something for Everyone at Westgate River Ranch!

July 9, 2010
  • Westgate River Ranch is located just over an hour South of Orlando and approximately 25 minutes East of Lake Wales – “The Friendliest Small Town in Florida.”
  • The Lake Wales Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Westgate River Ranch lies adjacent to the 7,000-acre KICCO Wildlife Management Area, which runs along the Kissimmee River.
  • Outdoor recreational activities at the “World’s Largest Dude Ranch” include horseback riding, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, trap and skeet shooting, airboat rides, swamp buggy rides and golf, as well as hayrides, a petting zoo and miniature golf course.
  • Westgate River Ranch hosts the Americom Championship Rodeo every Saturday night at 7:30 PM.
  • The casual Westgate Smokehouse Grill overlooks the scenic Kissimmee River.
  • Day trips from Westgate River Ranch include Historic Bok Sanctuary, a National Historic Landmark; Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center; and Spook Hill, a “gravity-defying hill” in Lake Wales.

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Spend 4th of July at Westgate River Ranch!

June 21, 2010

Take advantage of the 4th of July Special at Westgate River Ranch and enjoy two nights’ accommodations at an authentic dude ranch just one hour South of Orlando, as well as breakfast with a cowboy, summer fun at Tumble Weed Park, picnic lunch, rodeo round up and ice cream sundaes, hayride and cookout, and tickets to the Americom Championship Rodeo on Saturday night. Package starts at $145 per night! Note: Available only July 2-4, 2010. Based on availabililty. Can not be combined with any other offer or special. For more information, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Interesting Facts About Westgate River Ranch!

June 3, 2010

  • Westgate River Ranch is located just over an hour South of Orlando and approximately 25 minutes East of Lake Wales – “The Friendliest Small Town in Florida.”
  • The Lake Wales Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Westgate River Ranch lies adjacent to the 7,000-acre KICCO Wildlife Management Area, which runs along the Kissimmee River.
  • Outdoor recreational activities at the “World’s Largest Dude Ranch” include horseback riding, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, trap and skeet shooting, airboat rides, swamp buggy rides and golf, as well as hayrides, a petting zoo and miniature golf course.
  • Westgate River Ranch hosts the Americom Championship Rodeo every Saturday night at 7:30 PM.
  • The casual Westgate Smokehouse Grill overlooks the scenic Kissimmee River.
  • Day trips from Westgate River Ranch include Historic Bok Sanctuary, a National Historic Landmark; Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center; and Spook Hill, a “gravity-defying hill” in Lake Wales.

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Summer Escape to Westgate River Ranch!

May 26, 2010

Summer is the perfect time to visit Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch located in Central Florida just one hour South of Orlando! Westgate River Ranch features several types of comfortable accommodations, as well as numerous onsite amenities: 

  • Full-Service Marina: Boat rentals are available at Westgate River Ranch’s full-service marina such as 20-foot pontoon boats, 15-foot Jon Boats and canoes.
  • Trap & Skeet Range: Test your skill at target practice at the Trap & Skeet Range, which also features an adjacent archery range.
  • Hayrides: The old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hayride at Westgate River Ranch takes you on an adventure through the beautiful, 7,000-acre KICCO Wildlife Management Area, which lies along the Kissimmee River.
  • Nine-Hole Golf Course: The nine-hole golf course at Westgate River Ranch includes a driving range, putting green and golf pro shop.
  • Swamp Buggy Rides: View wildlife in its natural setting during a one-hour swamp buggy ride through Westgate River Ranch’s wooded trail.
  • Airboat Rides: During a fun-filled, one-hour airboat ride on the Kissimmee River, you can view wildlife such as alligators, bald eagles and deer.
  • Smokehouse Grill Restaurant: A charming waterfront eatery that overlooks the scenic Kissimmee River, the Smokehouse Grill at Westgate River Ranch offers a family-style menu and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • River Ranch Saloon: Every Friday and Saturday night, the River Ranch Saloon at Westgate River Ranch features “live country-western foot-stompin’ entertainment and line dancing.”
  • Saturday Night Championship Rodeo: Enjoy trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo clown antics and a patriotic tribute to our armed forces at the Americom Championship Rodeo every Saturday night at 7:30 PM at Westgate River Ranch.
  • Horseback Riding: Take a horseback riding adventure through the scenic trails that wind through Westgate River Ranch. Horseback riding lessons are available for all ages, as well as advance rider trail rides for more experienced riders.

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Westgate River Ranch Featured in MSNBC Article

May 11, 2010


“Because this rustic dude ranch brings the Old West to the Sunshine State. The resort features a real-life rodeo with bull riding, barrel racing, and a calf scramble for the kids. During the [Memorial Day Weekend] holiday, there are a slew of old-fashioned family activities planned such as potato-sack races, water balloon fights, egg tosses, watermelon-seed spitting, and crafts. On Sunday, kids have an opportunity to play cowboy at the Kid’s Rodeo . . .”
- Amber Nolan, Memorial Day Deals for Families, MSNBC, May 10, 2010

St. Pete Times Article Features River Ranch

May 5, 2010

“You don’t have to go out West to spend time at a dude ranch. Florida has the Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales offering all manners of Western fun . . .”

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River Ranch: Return to Days of “Old Florida”

April 29, 2010

At Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch that lies on 1,700 beautiful acres, you and your family can return to the days of “Old Florida” when the state was home to cowboys and cattle ranchers. Westgate River Ranch provides a multitude of amazing recreational activities such as horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, full-service marina, airboat and swamp buggy rides, nine-hole golf course and a championship rodeo on Saturday nights. For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Westgate River Ranch Featured in Miami Herald

April 13, 2010

“The Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales offers all manner of western fun with amenities that include horses for riding, a marina, nine-hole golf course, boat rentals, trap and skeet range, hayrides and cookouts, a petting farm, heated outdoor pool, tennis and basketball, video arcade, smokehouse grill, saloon and even a wedding chapel. A Saturday night rodeo includes trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and rodeo clown antics . . .” – Jay Clarke, The room is the view at these zany inns, Miami Herald, April 11, 2010

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at River Ranch!

April 7, 2010

Spend Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31, 2010) at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch located just one hour South of Orlando, Florida! The Westgate River Ranch Memorial Day Weekend Package features three-nights’ accommodations, two tickets to the Wildlife After Sundown hayride on Friday night, picnic and games at Tumbleweed Park on Saturday afternoon, tickets to the Americom Championship Rodeo on Saturday night and kids’ rodeo on Sunday afternoon. A three-night minimum stay is required. Prices based on two adults and one child. For more information about Westgate River Ranch and to book your vacation today, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Fun for All at Westgate River Ranch!

March 15, 2010

Westgate River Ranch is an authentic dude ranch that lies on 1,700 acres in Central Florida, just one hour South of Orlando. Onsite amenities at Westgate River Ranch include the Smokehouse Grill Restaurant, a full-service marina, Saturday night rodeo, horseback riding, nine-hole golf course, outdoor pool, miniature golf, airboat and swamp buggy rides, River Ranch Saloon, skeet/trap shooting range, hay rides, general store with deli and wedding chapel. For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Spend Easter at Westgate River Ranch

March 8, 2010

Spend Easter Weekend (April 2-4, 2010) at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch that lies just one hour South of Orlando! The Easter Weekend Package at Westgate River Ranch includes two-nights’ accommodations, breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Petting Farm, Easter Egg Hunt, Ice Cream Sundae Hayride and Easter Sunrise Service at the Marina with coffee and danish to follow. A two-night minimum stay is required. Prices based on two adults and one child. For more information about the Easter Weekend Package at Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com/lake-wales-vacation-packages.htm.

Westgate River Ranch on Unravel Travel TV

March 4, 2010

For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

Enjoy a Valentine’s Getaway at River Ranch

February 10, 2010

Westgate River Ranch features a special Valentine’s Weekend Package (February 12-14, 2010) that includes two-nights’ accommodations, welcome basket of champagne and chocolates, Saturday night hayride and cookout, and a choice of activity for two from a trail ride, airboat ride, swamp buggy ride or golf. Price based on two adults. Two-night minimum stay required. Based on availability. For more information, visit www.wgriverranch.com.


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