Friday, March 9, 2012

Westgate River Ranch Resort, FL


The West Gate River Ranch has its own community in Central Florida two hours south of Orlando. The western architecture style blends right in at this authentic “Dude Ranch”. The ranch has a few options when it comes to eating. There is the Westgate Smokehouse Grill, the general store with its own deli and ice cream selection, and the Saloon which has line dancing every Friday and Saturday.


The interior of the general store is western themed as well with a nice selection of necessities, food, candy, deli, and a large frozen desert selection. My brother Joshua blended right in with the cowboys!


The marina offers fun for the whole family. They have boat rentals, fishing, swamp buggy rides, and airboat rides. Right beside it is the Westgate Smokehouse Grill.


For those who want to go camping and have a RV, the ranch offers RV parking and tent camping as well. This is a nice strip of land to be along with the view of the river, but just beware of alligators!


Golf carts are available for rent, but these privately owned carts are really cool!


Our two room Villa was amazing. It felt like a home because it was so large. It had two kitchen areas, dining room, two living room, two restroom, two bedrooms, and two porch areas. There are other accommodations available such as the Inn room, Studio Cabin, and One-Bedroom Cabin.


We had a great view from the porch. We were able to watch the horses graze while the buffalo roamed in the background. You don’t see buffalo much in Florida! With 1,700 acres of land on the Ranch, there is plenty of space for wildlife and humans to enjoy.


The ranch has plenty of activities to try. Our family decided to try archery. It was so much fun! We made a few bulls eyes. There are other activities such as Horseback riding, petting farm, trap & Skeet Range, and more. Another plus is that we were about an hour away from LegoLand so my dad and brother were able to go while we ladies went shopping.


Overall we had an enjoyable vacation. In the next entry, I will be sharing pictures of the petting zoo and rodeo. Be sure to come back next Saturday to see more of our adventures.

Elizabeth’s Traveling Tip: When visiting the ranch, be sure to bring all your kitchen food and condiments because the grocery store is a long way off, unless you find what you need at the General Store. 

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