Let me start by saying I'd have given River Ranch a 5 star vote if they hadn't labeled the Ranch as a "resort". It's really not. The outside areas around the rooms could use a good cleaning. Also, no ice machines (seriously) and a lack of irons and ironing boards in the room. Now the good stuff!
It was really fun! We stayed for almost a week and couldn't do all the extra activities that were offered, even if we'd wanted to. Loved the Saturday evening rodeo. Yes it's for real and the bull riding was spectacular. There's easy access to fishing and they have a full skeet/trap range. If you want to see the "back 40" go on a horseback ride. Love the slow pace and it's a great way to get some memorable photos.
Keep in mind, you are a long way from civilization. The nearest grocery store is about 23 miles away, so stock up before arriving. You are going to have to do some cooking on your own. The only place to get a meal in the early part of the week is the country store. The other dining facilities are only open near the weekends. All and all, a good family place with plenty to do.
- Also Known As:
- Westgate River Ranch Hotel Lake Wales
- Westgate River Ranch Hotel
- Westgate River Hotel
- Hotel Westgate River
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 1,700 beautiful acres in Central Florida and just an hour from Orlando, Westgate River Ranch provides fun and adventure for the entire family! The perfect backdrop for your vacation getaway, Westgate River Ranch boasts Western-themed accommodations, an abundance of recreational activities, and unique opportunities for families and friends to spend quality time with each other. The wide range of recreational activities at Westgate River Ranch include horseback riding, nature hikes, fishing, swimming, boating, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts, a petting farm and more! ... more less
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