Westgate River Ranch Salutes U.S. Military with Exclusive Buy One, Get One Free Summer Offer

June 27, 2014

Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch located just one hour South of Orlando, Florida, proudly salutes the dedicated men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces with an exclusive Buy One, Get One Free Summer Offer*. From now until August 31, 2014, active military can book one night at our Best Available Rate and receive a second night free for travel between June 1 and August 31, 2014.

Westgate River Ranch, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, lies on 1,700 beautiful acres and features cowboy-themed accommodations and amazing recreational opportunities. Onsite amenities at Westgate River Ranch include horseback riding, a full-service marina, Westgate Smokehouse Grill, River Ranch Saloon, general store with deli and new Adventure Park with a rock climbing wall, 300-foot zip line, mechanical bull, bungee trampoline and cowboy-themed miniature golf course. Guests of Westgate River Ranch also enjoy a trap & skeet range, archery range, nine-hole golf course, airboat and swamp buggy rides, petting farms, pony rides, hiking trails, video arcade and dinner hayrides.

Retreat to Westgate River Ranch and experience nonstop adventure during your family dude ranch vacation! To take advantage of this special, limited-time offer, simply visit the Westgate River Ranch website. Note: You must show your military ID at check-in.

*Terms & Conditions: Offer includes 1-night at our daily Best Available Rate and 2nd night is Free. 2-night minimum stay required. Not valid for groups or special events and cannot be combined with another promotion. Based on availability. Prices vary by room type selected. Offer must be booked by August 31, 2014, for travel from June 1 – August 31, 2014. Standard deposit and cancellation rules apply. Offer is not valid for the following room types: Saddle Club Cabins, Glamping, RV and Camp Sites.

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Westgate River Ranch to Host 2014 River Ranch Rod Run

January 15, 2014

Automobile enthusiasts from all over the Sunshine State will gather to celebrate the 25th-anniversary of the River Ranch Rod Run “Cowboys and Cars” Show on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at Westgate River Ranch – Florida’s largest dude ranch! Produced by car enthusiasts Rich and Linda Martin of Sunshine State Rodding News, the River Ranch Rod Run at Westgate River Ranch is considered one of the largest single day car shows in Florida.

More than 400 vehicles – including Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Antique Trucks, Antique Vans and Motorcycles – will be showcased for this milestone year of the River Ranch Rod Run at Westgate River Ranch – the only resort in Florida where guests can arrive by Land, Sea or Air. Cars will be eligible for a variety of door prizes in addition to awards for Longest Distance Traveled, Hard Luck and Club Participation, as well as a “Rancher’s Choice” award.

“When we first considered hosting the event at Westgate River Ranch, we were not really sure that people would actually drive 30 miles to the middle of nowhere to attend but it’s amazing how the event has grown over the years,” said co-organizer Rich Martin. “People can drive their car to the show, park it and take advantage of everything Westgate River Ranch has to offer.”

The perfect locale for the annual Rod Run, Westgate River Ranch, which recently underwent a multi-million renovation in 2013, features something for everyone – including horseback riding, a full-service marina, trap & skeet range, archery range, nine-hole golf course, airboat and swamp buggy rides, petting farm with pony rides, hiking trails, video arcade and old-fashioned hayrides. Kids of all ages will enjoy the new Adventure Park with its 300-foot zip line, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, bungee jumper and 18-hole miniature golf course. In addition, Westgate River Ranch hosts the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States with trick riding, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing at the 1,200-seat Rodeo Arena. A lively Street Party takes place immediately following the rodeo. Westgate River Ranch also boasts Florida cowboy-themed accommodations, the award-winning Westgate Smokehouse Grill, River Ranch Saloon and general store with deli.

“Each year, the River Ranch Rod Run draws a loyal crowd of car lovers and this year as we celebrate the event’s Silver Anniversary, we hope to share it with even more people,” said Jennifer Gallagher, Director of Events at Westgate River Ranch. “We welcome everyone to come out and enjoy a day of family friendly fun, marvel at these impeccably maintained cars and explore Westgate River Ranch – the best kept secret in Central Florida.”

For more information about the 2014 River Ranch Rod Run at Westgate River Ranch, visit www.westgatedestinations.com/florida/westgate-river-ranch/events/rod-run.

Westgate River Ranch Video

August 7, 2013

GNCC Announces Fall Series Schedule for 2012

January 4, 2012

Just in time for the holidays, Racer Productions is pleased to announce the locations for the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. America’s largest off-road racing series will once again kick off its 13-round schedule at Westgate River Ranch Resort in River Ranch, Fla., coinciding with Daytona Bike Week March 10-13.

Highlighting the 2012 calendar is the addition of three all-new venues in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia-giving racers the opportunity to compete on fresh soil next season.

“We’re really excited to introduce three new venues to the GNCC schedule next year,” said GNCC Trail Boss, Jeff Russell. “Since the Loretta’s GNCC, we’ve been traveling all over to find new venues for our GNCC Racers and I think the fresh trail and new scenery will add a whole new level of excitement for everyone.”

The series returns to many GNCC favorites in 2012, including Snowshoe Resort, Unadilla MX, Ironman and Loretta Lynn’s, which will once again serve as the season finale.

A special weekend format will take place at Loretta Lynn Ranch in November, in order to accommodate the 2012 ISDE and National Enduro schedules. Motorcycles will compete throughout the day on Saturday and ATV racing will follow on Sunday-atypical from the other 12 rounds of racing where ATVs compete on Saturday and motorcycles on Sunday.

Rd. 1 March 10-13 Westgate River Ranch River Ranch, FL
Rd. 2 March 17-18 The General Aonia Pass, GA
Rd. 3 Mar 31-Apr 1 Steele Creek Morganton, NC
Rd. 4 April 14-15 Big Buck Union, SC
Rd. 5 April 28-29 The Mammoth Park City, KY
Rd. 6 May 12-13 Indy 100 Springville, IN
Rd. 7 May 26-27 Buckwheat Masontown, WV
Rd. 8 June 23-24 Snowshoe Snowshoe, WV
Rd. 9 July 7-8 John Penton Millfield, OH
Rd. 10 Sep 15-16 Unadilla New Berlin, NY
Rd. 11 Oct 6-7 Powerline Park St. Clairsville, OH
Rd. 12 Oct 20-21 Ironman Crawfordsville, IN
Rd. 13 Nov 3-4 Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills, TN

For more information visit www.gnccracing.com .

About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on NBC Sports. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com .

Westgate River Ranch Video

December 19, 2011

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

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.

Halloween at Westgate River Ranch!

October 20, 2011

Enjoy a special Halloween weekend at Westgate River Ranch from October 28-30, 2011! This amazing package includes the following:

  • Two nights’ accommodations in an Inn Room at Westgate River Ranch
  • Friday Night Spooktacular Hayride
  • Family Fun Night at the Saloon
  • Halloween Costume Party
  • River Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Decorating
  • Rodeo Round Up with Ice Cream
  • Admission to the Westgate Rodeo

For more information, visit www.wgriverranch.com today!

Note: Prices and activities are based on 2 adults and 1 child. Additional tickets and activities can be purchased at the resort. Subject to availability. Not valid for groups. Certain restrictions may apply. Valid Oct. 28-30, 2011.

River Ranch Featured in Florida Travel Article

October 3, 2011

The article, Enjoying a Central Florida Vacation: Top Reasons Why It’s Summer Vacation All Year Round features Westgate River Ranch:  

“Westgate River Ranch Resort gives families the complete dude ranch experience. At Westgate River Ranch, kids and parents can experience everything from horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, go on nature walks and hayrides, enjoy cookouts and more. It’s a unique ‘Western-style’ experience not found elsewhere, which is why it is often the highlight of a Central Florida vacation.”

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

River Ranch Featured in Florida Cowboy Article

September 14, 2011

Westgate River Ranch got mentioned in a feature on Florida cowboys for National Geographic for Kids (UK magazine):

“NG KIDS travelled to Florida with Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau and stayed at Westgate River Ranch resort, a working dude ranch designed for families and children. Central Florida offers a wide range of family activities and days out around Polk County and the surrounding areas. To find out more, go to www.visitcentralflorida.org.”

For more information about Westgate River Ranch or to book your vacation getaway, 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.

Westgate River Ranch Videos

July 12, 2011

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.

LEGOLAND Florida Announces Opening Day

June 6, 2011

To the delight of youngsters everywhere, LEGOLAND® Florida has revealed its official opening date: Saturday, October 15, 2011. Inspired by America’s love affair with all things LEGO®, the new 150-acre theme park will cater to kids ages 2 to 12 with more than 50 “pink-knuckle” rides – from roller coasters to race cars – as well as family focused shows and attractions. Park officials disclosed the date, a closely guarded secret since the park broke ground last year, to help families already planning vacations in the fall.

For more information about LEGOLAND Florida, visit www.LEGOLAND.com; www.Facebook.com/LEGOLANDFlorida and www.twitter.com/LEGOLANDFlorida.

Traveling to LEGOLAND Florida this fall? Check out the latest deals at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic dude ranch that lies on 1,700 acres in Central Florida, just one hour South of Orlando and 30 minutes Southeast of LEGOLAND Florida. 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.

Vacation Getaway Article Features River Ranch

May 11, 2011

Westgate River Ranch was featured in “Summer’s Big Entrance! Family-friendly getaways for Memorial Day” at www.wejustgotback.com (read the entire article here):

“[T]his 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 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. The three-night Memorial Day Weekend Package starts at $118 a night for a family of three (additional children $15) and includes lodging, tickets for a sundown hayride, a picnic lunch, admission to the River Ranch Rodeo, and the Kid’s Rodeo.”

For more information about Westgate River Ranch and to book your Memorial Day Weekend getaway, visit www.wgriverranch.com.