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Central Florida NatureFest, October 23 - 26: This nature weekend is packed with activities including birding, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, and airboat tours.


IPSC World Shoot 2014: The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII to host competitors from around the world October 4-19, 2014.

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Local Attractions: Safari Wilderness Ranch offers an exclusive, fun and educational journey where you will learn about conservation programs, and encounter amazing animals that are endangered or extinct in the wild.


Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens: Featured events include Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert, Formal Fridays, and Holiday Home Workshops. November 28 - January 4.

Westgate River Ranch Resort: A Perfect Destination On Any Central Florida Vacation

If watching old “Westerns” make you look back nostalgically on time spent playing cowboys as a child, you can revive those fond memories at Westgate River Ranch Resort, the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi. Even if you don’t have a clue who John Wayne or Annie Oakley are, you can shed your city-slicker worries and enjoy the simpler, authentic pleasures only found on a Central Florida vacation.

Award-Winning Westgate River Ranch: A Fun Thing To Do In Central Florida

Westgate River Ranch Resort, which received the Gene Kilgore “World’s Best Ranches Award” from in 2013, offers a wide variety of family-oriented recreational activities, all on an a la carte basis, making it a fun thing to do in Central Florida for visitors of all ages.

Some of the many things to do in Central Florida’s Westgate River Ranch Resort include:

Horseback riding Petting farm
Pony rides Nature hikes
Swimming Airboat and swamp buggy rides
Golf cart and bicycle rentals Mechanical bull
State-of-the-art ropes course Rock climbing wall
Zip line Bungee trampoline

Additionally, guests will enjoy line dancing and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights at the River Ranch Saloon as well as Saturday night street parties at the outdoor dance hall. Hayrides, cookouts and even “cowboy church” at the Westgate River Ranch chapel (one of several sites on property suitable for a unique destination wedding) make this ranch THE place to be during a Central Florida vacation.

Of course, no ranch is complete without an authentic rodeo; Westgate River Ranch delivers here as well. Each Saturday the ranch features the longest-running night championship rodeo in the United States, with events including trick riding, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing in their 1,200-seat rodeo arena. A new half-day cattle drive experience is now available for groups and includes a sunrise breakfast at the ranch, scenic horseback ride, cattle herding alongside Florida cowboys and a country-style lunch.

Westgate River Ranch Offers An Unparalleled Selection Of Accommodations

Westgate River Ranch recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and offers a wide range of cowboy-themed accommodations, ranging from tent camping to luxurious two-bedroom cabins and glamping tents. The resort was the first in Florida to introduce the concept of glamping (glamorous camping). Glamping tents are situated on raised platforms and include deluxe interiors, a screened-in porch with two rocking chairs and access to private bathrooms. Amenities also include a mini refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, electrical outlets, a ceiling fan, private gas propane grill, private picnic table and various board games. Whether you want to “rough it” or surround yourself in luxury, you will find the perfect Polk County experience at Westgate River Ranch Resort.

Westgate River Ranch: The Perfect “Home Base” During Your Central Florida Vacation

Westgate River Ranch Resort is located in the southeastern portion of Central Florida’s Polk County. You can get away from it all and yet still be close to everything, since the resort is just over an hour’s drive south from the Orlando International Airport and is less than an hour away from the nearest theme park, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. World famous Gulf and Atlantic Beaches are also located within driving distances on either coast, so make sure to include Westgate River Ranch Resort on your next Florida vacation.