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Westgate River Ranch Amenities

November 14, 2011

• Authentic dude ranch nestled on 1,700 acres
• Smokehouse Grill Restaurant
• Full-service marina
• Saturday night championship rodeo
• Horseback riding
• 9-hole golf course, outdoor pool & miniature golf
• Airboat & swamp buggy rides
• River Ranch Saloon
• Skeet/trap shooting range
• Hay rides
• General store with deli
• Wedding chapel

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

Plan a Fall Getaway to Westgate River Ranch

August 3, 2011

Fall 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.

Fun & Adventure at River Ranch Vacation Camp!

June 22, 2011

Amazing outdoor adventures await campers at the new Westgate River Ranch Vacation Camp, which will take place in July 2011 at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch nestled on 1,700 beautiful acres in Central Florida. The Westgate River Ranch Vacation Camp is designed as a weeklong getaway for the family with a multitude of camp activities for children ages seven years and older.

Highlights of the Westgate River Ranch Vacation Camp will include daily horse-related adventures and rides, horse grooming and feeding, rider safety training, saddle and tack care, cattle drive, airboat ride, swamp buggy ride, archery, trap and skeet shooting, hayride, street party, Saturday night rodeo and cowboy fun with our working ranch cowboys. In addition, some camp activities will be available for adults to participate at an additional charge.

Prices for the Westgate River Ranch Vacation Camp start at $985 plus tax for a seven-day camp experience. In addition, a weekend “Camp Adventure” is available with prices starting at $399.99 plus tax.

The schedule for the seven-day camp experience at Westgate River Ranch is as follows:

Sunday: Check-In/Welcome, Western Store, Hayride Ranch Tour
Monday: Feed Horses/Match Riders to Horses, General Safety Instructions & Riders Evaluation in Arena, Lunch/Pool Time, Short Afternoon Horseback Ride, Feed & Groom Horses before Dinner
Tuesday: Feed & Groom Horses, Clean Stalls, Saddle Up, Two-Hour Ride to Cow Camp, Bag Lunch at Camp, Return for Free Time, Feed Horses, Swamp Buggy Ride, Help with Feeding Rodeo Bulls
Wednesday: Feed & Groom Horses, Clean Stalls, Trail Ride, Lunch/Free Time, Feed Horses, Swamp Buggy Ride, Help with Feeding Rodeo Bulls
Thursday: Feed & Groom Horses, Clean Stalls, Trap & Skeet Shooting, Lunch/Free Time, Afternoon Horseback Ride, Boat Ride
Friday: Feed & Groom Horses, Saddle Up, Small Cattle Drive, Lunch/Free Time, Feed & Groom Horses, Clean Stalls, Street Party, Campfire Smores after Dinner
Saturday: Feed & Groom Horses, Saddle Up, Short Ride, Airboat Ride, Lunch/Free Time, Feed & Groom Horses, Clean Stalls, Ride out with Cowboys to Watch Rodeo Stock being Gathered, Championship Rodeo

For more information about Westgate River Ranch Vacation Camp and to make reservations, call us at (863) 692-1321, ext. 40021. Space is limited, so call today!   
 
About Westgate River Ranch
Ideally located just an hour from Orlando, Westgate River Ranch is an authentic dude ranch that provides fun and adventure for the entire family! The perfect backdrop for your family vacation, Westgate River Ranch boasts Western-themed accommodations, family-oriented activities and unique opportunities for families to spend quality time with each other. The wide range of family activities at Westgate River Ranch includes horseback riding, nature hikes, fishing, swimming, boating, a petting farm, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts and more! Children will love the famous Saturday night rodeo complete with bull riding, barrel racing, trick riding and a patriotic tribute to our armed forces. In addition, kids get the opportunity to participate in a real “calf scramble.” For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

River Ranch to Host Vacation Horse Camp!

June 13, 2011

Westgate River Ranch is excited to announce its first Vacation Horse Camp in July 2011 – a seven-day camp and weekend camps available at prices starting at $985 for week-long experiences and $399 for weekend camps. Highlights will include daily horse-related adventures and rides, horse grooming and feedings, rider safety training, saddle and tack care, cattle drive, airboat ride, swamp buggy ride, archery, trap and skeet shooting, hay ride, street party, Saturday night rodeo and cowboy fun with our working ranch cowboys. Some activities will be available for parents to purchase at an additional fee. Campers must be seven years of age and older. Availability is limited. Call (863) 692-1321, ext. 40021 for more information.

Visit Florida Highlights Westgate River Ranch

February 9, 2011

Jill Martin, Family Travel Expert for Visit Florida, recently visited Westgate River Ranch:

“We were just at Westgate River Ranch a few weeks ago for the first time and we loved it. The rodeo on Saturday night was fantastic, as was the hayride, the cookout, the swamp buggie rides, the onsite Smokehouse Grill restaurant, the free petting farm, the trailrides on horses . . . Get to Westgate River Ranch! . . . This has become a family favorite for us.”

Check out Jill Martin’s Blog at Visit Florida. For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.

GNCC Racing Series to Open at River Ranch

January 5, 2011

The 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series once again opens with the River Ranch GNCC March 5-8, 2011, at Westgate River Ranch. As part of the annual Daytona Bike Week schedule, ATVs will practice on Saturday, March 5, and race on Sunday, March 6. Bikes will practice on Monday, March 7, and race on Tuesday, March 8.  

The Can-Am Grand Cross Country Series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Each event is nationally televised on the Versus Network, and consists of two race days; ATVs and side-by-side machines on Saturday, and motorcycles on Sunday. The grueling three-hour races draw as many as 1,800 riders, making it the largest off-road racing series in the world. For more information, visit www.gnccracing.com.

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.

Something for Everyone at Westgate River Ranch!

December 1, 2010

Check out the myriad of activities that can be found at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch located just one hour South of Orlando:

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.

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.

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: Open daily from 8 AM to 4 PM (weather permitting), 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top 10 Westgate River Ranch Attractions

December 29, 2009

10. 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.

9. Trap & Skeet Range: Test your skill at target practice at the Trap & Skeet Range, which also features an adjacent archery range.

8. 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.

7: Nine-Hole Golf Course: Open daily from 8 AM to 4 PM (weather permitting), the nine-hole golf course at Westgate River Ranch includes a driving range, putting green and golf pro shop.

6: Swamp Buggy Rides: View wildlife in its natural setting during a one-hour swamp buggy ride through Westgate River Ranch’s wooded trail.

5. 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.

4. 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.

3. 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.”

2. 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.

1. 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.

An authentic dude ranch that lies just one hour South of Orlando, Westgate River Ranch offers something for everyone! For more information about Westgate River Ranch, visit www.wgriverranch.com.


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