When we say Florida, the first things that come to our mind are our beautiful beaches and theme parks, which we absolutely love, but Florida is so much more than that.

Recently hubby and I discovered a spectacular Florida gem, and we are so glad we got to experience it for our anniversary. Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo, an authentic dude ranch resort in Lake Wales, right in between Miami and Orlando, less than two hours from our famous theme parks mecca.

Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo has a wide array of accommodations from traditional camping to fabulous glamping tents, TeePees, cabins, lodge rooms, and their newest addition, the Luxe Conestoga Wagon, which we got to experience for our romantic getaway.

From the time we arrived at Westgate River Ranch, we were magically transported to the rustic old west. All the staff at the resort is lovely, and as a guest of the Conestoga Wagons, we got a dedicated concierge who was available for any reservations and questions we had.

The Conestoga Glamping is the true definition of luxury glamping, located right in front of the Kissimmee River, a scenic and relaxing view with fantastic sunrise and sunset opportunities.

As soon as we stepped foot in our wagon, we were swept off our feet; the room was beautifully decorated and in theme. With capacity for up to 6 guests with a separate area for the bunk bed or just as cozy for a couples getaway. The AC in the room is just perfect to rest from the Florida heat and a private in-room bathroom for an authentic luxury glamping experience.

During our stay, we got to wake up to a delicious picnic breakfast delivered right to our doorstep, which we enjoyed on our porch and at our picnic table. The room also has a grill available to use, which we can not wait to come back to share an afternoon grill with our family and friends.

Every day at Westgate River Ranch is an adventure, and with the Deluxe Glamping packages, all the activities are included, and the concierge team perfectly coordinates any reservations.

During our weekend at the ranch, we loved engaging in new adventures with a swamp buggy ride, a 40-minute tour exploring Florida’s great outdoors, and scenic views of the resort grounds and wildlife. We also did the airboat tour, which is a Florida staple.

Hubby and I also went on our first shooting lessons with BB Guns at the Air Rifle Range, which was so much fun and got us ready for our trap adventure at the trap and skeet range. Each and every one of the activities was safe and the trainers very knowledgeable and friendly. I never thought I would even hit one of the targets, and I surprisingly did, thanks to the amazing team. The Archery range was also enjoyable, and it proved me to have great aim. We truly enjoyed all the activities we wouldn’t usually find in Florida, and we had such a great time.

At Westgate River Ranch, you can also enjoy authentic guided Florida hunting for the wild and thrill seekers.

For the animal lovers like me, having the petting zoo available during the day to visit as many times as we wanted was the cherry on top; I loved seeing and petting the horses, goats, cows, and all the animals on the farm.

One of the highlights of our stay was their famous Saturday Night Rodeo, an authentic Rodeo full of thrill and fun; watching all the athletes compete in trick riding, barrel racing, and bull riding was super exciting. All the animals were treated with love and beautifully kept.

After the rodeo, there was a street party and live music at the saloon, which was also so fun to experience.

After all the thrill and adventures, we unwinded every night at the bonfire, making s’mores and sipping on some wine or hot cocoa.

The resort is also great to enjoy and relax; on-site, you can find a little town with a post office, stores, market, and a delicious bbq restaurant, a signature of Westgate Resorts.

Now that the fall season is approaching, a visit to Westgate River Ranch is exactly what we need; Although, the Ranch is open year-round, and any season is perfect for visiting, but what a better reason to return than the beloved Autumn with comfier temperatures and fall everything.

Westgate River Ranch is a true Florida gem, the best glamping experience with an array of activities for all, perfect for enjoying with friends, couples, or families and we can not wait to visit again in the near future.

For more information and to book your stay visit Westgate Resorts