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TRENDY TRAVELER | An Authentic Dude Ranch and Luxury Glamping Resort to Love


Experience one of the last untouched pieces of Florida wilderness at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo – an authentic Florida dude ranch that lies just one hour South of Orlando in Polk County, FL – where you can kick back and relax in the beautiful, great wide open.

The Ranch, which lies on 1,700 acres overlooking the scenic Kissimmee River, features horseback riding, an award-winning Saturday night rodeo and much more. This ideal destination for an unforgettable family vacation getaway has everything you’d want to experience at an authentic dude ranch.


To round out your ranch experience, savor mouthwatering BBQ at the Westgate Smokehouse Grill, grab a cowboy boot mug at the Saloon, or order quick service pizza and more at the Deli in the General Store. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo features several onsite dining and restaurant options, as well as catering services.


The Ranch offers something for everyone - and every budget. Choose from our Luxe Teepees (with activities incuded), Glamping Tents, Cabins, Lodge Guest Rooms, or Tent Camping. You're always invited to come back and try a new experience!


Saturday Night Rodeo

Hold your breath in anticipation as expert riders fight to hold onto a wild, bucking bull at the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States! Experience the thrills from our 1,200-seat Rodeo Arena as you watch exciting bull riding, trick riding and barrel racing.

Street Party

Stick around after the Saturday Night Rodeo for an energetic, fun Street Party on the stage directly in front of the River Ranch Saloon! Brush up on your Western line dance moves as a DJ entertains the crowd with lively tunes. Everyone is invited to sing, dance and compete in games at this can’t-miss party!

Airboat Rides

Enjoy the beauty and serene nature of the Kissimmee River during this 40-minute guided Airboat Ride. You’ll see a wide variety of Florida wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and more while learning about the interesting history of the area from your experienced guides.

Swamp Buggy Rides

Go way off the beaten path with this 40-minute Swamp Buggy ride through the picturesque, green wilderness surrounding the ranch. The massive tires on these custom-made Swamp Buggies give you amazing views of the breathtaking scenery around the property. This adventurous ride over rugged terrain of brush and mud is a fun and exciting way to explore the outdoors.

The activities list is long. In addition to those that we included here, guests can enjoy a full-service marina, pony rides, horseback riding along untouched trails, a trap & skeet range, zip line, bungee jumping, horseshoes, a mechanical bull, mini-golf, an archery range and outdoor pool plus much more!

Pull on your boots, bring the bandana and enjoy a unique experience. You’ll love this spot for a family vacation. Nothing beats the laid-back vibe, fresh air and great outdoors. Happy planning!


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