The SpaceJust about an hour South of Orlando and its bustling theme parks lies a Florida few tourists ever see – an oasis of paradise in the middle of nowhere and one of the few untouched pieces of Florida wilderness. Images of Florida's rich cowboy history can still be experienced at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, an authentic dude ranch where visitors can return to the days of "Old Florida" when the state was home to cowboys and cattle ranchers.
Believe it or not, Florida actually served as the original birthplace of the American cowboy. Long before cowboys became the symbol of the American West in the late 19th century, Seminole Indians, Spanish colonists and American settlers called "Crackers" herded cattle in Florida. Westgate River Ranch is located on some of the same land that those first cowboys roamed years ago.
Retreat to a newly renovated Lodge Suite, each of which includes a Queen Bed and in-room kitchenette. You can cook using the stove top or oven, or take a short golf cart ride down to the onsite dining options. Enjoy all the new room amenities, including a 51" flat-screen TV.
Completely renovated as of October 2013, the Lodge Suites at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo feature new dark-wood furniture, a Queen Beautyrest mattress, lighting, hardwood flooring, and luxurious linens and bedding. The only thing missing is you!
329 Square Feet
Accommodates up to 2 Guests
Air Conditioning & Heating
Full Bathroom with Shower/Tub Combo
Table & 2 Chairs
1 Queen Bed
Mini Range (Stove Top & Oven)
Eating Utensils, Pots, Pans & Dishes
51 Flat screen TV
Alarm Clock Radio
Phone with Voice Mail
An authentic Florida dude ranch nestled in one of the few untouched pieces of Florida wilderness, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo lies just one hour South of Orlando and features a variety of Florida cowboy-themed accommodations – ranging from Lodge Guest rooms and suites to villas and spacious two-bedroom cabins – as well as a multitude of recreational activities.
Check-In Time: 4PM
Check-Out Time: 10AM
Minimum Check-In Age is 18 Years Old
Crib available upon request (no charge)
All rooms are non-smoking
Pet Friendly, fees apply
Room WiFi Available (fee applies)
PLEASE be sure to read the ENTIRE listing as there is so much to see and do at this resort and the surrounding area that you won't want to miss out on! Guest AccessThe largest dude ranch East of the Mississippi, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo features something for everyone, including horseback riding, swimming, golf, petting farm, nature hikes, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts and a full-service marina complete with boating, fishing, and airboat and swamp buggy rides, as well as the long-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States with trick riding, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing in our 1,200-seat Rodeo Arena.
View a plethora of wildlife in its natural setting during a thrilling, one-hour guided Airboat Ride along the beautiful Kissimmee River. Our experienced guides will also provide you with some fascinating history about the surrounding area.
Draw back, let your arrows fly and score a bullseye at the Archery Range! The Archery Range provides challenges for all skill levels – serving as a great introduction to the sport for novices, while offering experienced archers the chance to hone their skills.
Enjoy a leisurely game of one-on-one, challenge the kids to some H.O.R.S.E. or get in on a pick-up game at the fenced-in Basketball Courts that lie adjacent to the Tennis Courts and across the parking lot from the Westgate Smokehouse Grill. Equipment is available to rent at the front desk.
Strap into the harness and jump, flip and twist higher than ever before on the new Bungee Jumper! Prepare for a total adrenaline rush on the Bungee Jumper, which is located in front of the Rodeo Arena near the Zip Line and Rock Climbing Wall. Fun for both kids and adults!
Whether you rent a boat and cast a line in the waters of the Kissimmee River, fish off the dock at the Full-Service Marina or take the kids to the Catch & Release Pond, Fishing is a great way to unwind. Cane poles and rods with reels are both available for use.
Nine-Hole Golf Course
For an offbeat golf outing, how about teeing off next to a herd of buffalo? The Nine-Hole Executive Course boasts a wide-open layout that offers challenges for all skill levels. A driving range and putting green are also available.
View abundant wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bald eagles, wild hogs, sandhill cranes, wading birds, alligators and wild turkeys as you are entertained by a singing cowboy during this old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hayride, which includes a family-style cookout buffet at the East Corral.
The miles of unspoiled trails that wind through the ranch provide the perfect locale for a horseback riding adventure led by our experienced wranglers. Horseback riding lessons are available for beginners, while more seasoned riders can sign up for extended trail rides and even young cowpokes can enjoy Pony Rides.
After a fun-filled day spent exploring the ranch, nothing beats challenging the whole family to a friendly game of Horseshoes while surrounded by shady trees on a lazy afternoon. Horseshoe equipment is available for rent at the General Store.
Ideally located just off the beautiful Kissimmee River, our Full-Service Marina features Boat Rentals, guided fishing trips, a bait and tackle shop, gas pump and boat launch ramp. Here you can also take a thrilling Airboat Ride adventure or rugged Swamp Buggy wildlife excursion.
Hop on the new Mechanical Bull for your chance at 8 seconds of fame! The Mechanical Bull features state-of-the-art settings and features, allowing it to be slow and easy for beginners with increasing speeds available for advanced bull riders.
Enjoy quality time with friends and family at Round-Up Miniature Golf, an 18-hole course that winds its way through the new Adventure Park in front of the River Ranch Saloon. Full of entertaining obstacles and challenges, Round-Up Miniature Golf is the perfect spot to chill out in early morning or late afternoon.
The friendly inhabitants of the Petting Farm – including horses, cows, ponies, mules, goats, sheep, deer, turkeys, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, emus, peacocks and other exotic animals – love to be visited by kids of all ages. Prepare to take some pictures of the kids as they pet and feed the animals.
Little cowpokes can get a taste of the dude ranch experience with Pony Rides located inside the Petting Farm. A live merry-go-round that moves our ponies and mules in small circles, the "pony sweep" promises an easy and smooth ride – allowing the little ones to become totally comfortable with our gentle animals.
Have you ever dreamed of scaling Mount Everest? Well you have to start somewhere, so test your prowess at the Rock Climbing Wall, which provides challenges for all ability levels. Experience the thrill of rock climbing in a safe and controlled environment assisted by our knowledgeable, trained staff.
Prepare to have the time of your life at our thrilling rodeo that boasts bull riding, trick riding and barrel racing! The longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States takes place at the 1,200-seat Rodeo Arena and also features a hilarious "calf scramble" for the kids.
A one-of-a-kind Street Party takes place immediately following the Saturday Night Rodeo on the stage directly in front of the River Ranch Saloon. While the energetic DJ spins lively tunes, kids of all ages can sing, dance and compete in games. Don't miss it!
Swamp Buggy Rides
Immerse yourself in the lush, rugged wilderness surrounding the ranch during an unforgettable, one-hour Swamp Buggy adventure! The specially designed Swamp Buggies come equipped with huge tires and can travel almost anywhere, allowing for an elevated view of the whole area and an incredible journey through the brush and mud.
The scenic Kissimmee River provides plenty of outdoor recreational activities, whether you desire to fish, hunt for alligators, enjoy wildlife or simply relax in the great outdoors. The Full-Service Marina offers a Pontoon Boat, which is available to rent by the hour.
Trap & Skeet Range
Our state-of-the-art range offers you an exciting opportunity to practice firearm skills in a safe, controlled environment. Test your skill at Trap Shooting (launches targets away from the shooter) or Skeet Shooting (launches targets that cross in front of the shooter). All necessary equipment and supplies are available for rent.
A one-of-a-kind, adrenaline-filled adventure, the spectacular new Zip Line lets you defy gravity and soar high above the ranch! Experience the ultimate rush of zip-lining using state-of-the-art technology in a safe, controlled environment.
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50.9 miles Getting AroundFrom Orlando International Airport
Take 528 West to I-4 West. Exit at U.S. 27 and travel South. At State Road 60 (Lake Wales Exit), take a left and travel East for approximately 25 miles. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo will be on your right-hand side. Distance: 82.5 miles.
From Tampa International Airport
Take State Road 60 East. Continue East approximately 25 miles past U.S. 27. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo will be on your right-hand side. Distance: 97 miles.
From Miami International Airport
Take I-95 North. Continue North approximately 7 miles. Exit at Florida's Turnpike and travel North approximately 149 miles. Exit at State Road 60 (Yeehaw Junction), take a right and travel West for approximately 21 miles. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo will be on your left-hand side. Distance: 188 miles. Other Things to NoteThe price for this rental includes the unit, cleaning fees and taxes. It does NOT include the per night, NOT per person, standard resort fees of approx. $9.95 per night to be paid upon checking in!