Matt Johnson

Glamping in Florida: Westgate River Ranch

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Sep 30, 2020Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Fall is here, winter is not far behind, and the snowbirds are preparing to move south to do some glamping at the Westgate River Ranch in Florida to escape the cold. Honestly, you can’t blame them. There is some appeal in winter camping, but that’s neither here nor there.

One of the finest and most popular places to glamp in the south is Westgate River Ranch in River Ranch, Florida. You’ll get the full ranch experience with all of the luxury and comforts glamping has to offer.

Multiple Options for Accommodations

Whether you’re wanting to try glamping in a luxurious bell tent, prefer a comfy suite, or even have your own RV in tow, Westgate has it all.

Westgate River Ranch Glamping Tents
Photo from Westgate River Ranch

Westgate provides the full glamping experience. You have your option of the Luxe Teepee which boasts all amenities and a king-sized bed, or the full bell-style tent experience which also has a king-sized bed and two twin beds for the little ones.

They even have a range of suites available from a standard double beds to two-bedroom cottages, cabins, and everything in between. Fully furnished and includes all amenities, the suites are ready to host you for the long-term.

There are those that bring their own accommodations and they accept them as well. They have elevated tent sites as well as 30 and 50 amp powered RV pads.

Regardless of how you want to relax and take in the dining and activities River Ranch has to offer, they have something for everyone.

Glamping Activities on the Ranch

Photo from Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch is a premier destination. There are what seems to be endless activities at this beautiful ranch.

You’re sure to love the outdoor activities such as horseback riding, petting zoo, or skeet and archery ranges. It’s a ranch, so you get the full ranch experience.

Looking for some western excitement in the Sunshine State? You can take in an exciting rodeo as well! You can also give the rodeo a shot for yourself on their mechanical bull or enjoy a pony ride for the little ones.

They offer several adrenaline pumping activities as well such as zip-lining, bungee jumping, airboat rides (this is Florida afterall), or swamp buggy rides.

There are so many things to do at this glamorous destination site, you’re going to love it!

Southern Dining with a Western Twist

Whether you’re a foodie or a casual diner, Westgate has options for everyone. You can grab something on-the-go at the deli or enjoy something more relaxed – the choice is yours.

Enjoy the tastes of southern barbeque at the Westgate Smokehouse Grill. You can choose to dine indoors or take your steak and ribs al fresco to take in the sights and sunset on the water’s edge.

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, try the cookout buffet followed by a hayride over their 7,000 acres of wilderness. The buffet has a plethora of southern style options to include grilled chicken, smoked ribs, and all of the fixings.

After enjoying the Saturday night rodeo, stop over at the River Ranch Saloon and grab a quick bite and drink while enjoying live music and line dancing.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you should go and check out the Westgate River Ranch and let us know your thoughts. Try the delicious dining options and give the activities a shot then come back to let us know in the comments below.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *