Weekend Getaway from NYC: Rocking Horse Ranch

Bundle up your snow bunnies; it’s time for some family fun in the… water park? Yes, it’s hard to believe, but that’s just one of the amazing features at the Rocking Horse Ranch. Located just ninety minutes from the city in Highland, NY, this is definitely one year-round destination built for families.

Let’s get right to it: they have an indoor, 85 degree water park, perfect for those who aren’t into the cold snow, or for kids who love to play in the water. There is even a section of the Big Splash water park dedicated to the little ones in your family, called the Fort Geyser Aqua Station. When you’ve had your share of splashing around in the middle of winter, the ranch has plenty of things to do outdoors too.

From skiing to snow tubing, the ranch has it covered. Literally. Skis, ski boots, snow tubes, even horse drawn sleigh rides are all included in your room rate. For those who prefer snowboarding, you will have to bring your own board with you. If you haven’t skied before, don’t worry. The ranch has a “never ever area” where you and your little ones can get your ski legs.

Another part of this mini vacation that’s included in your room rate is food. You get three, all you can eat meals daily. If your family has special dietary needs, just let them know when you check in, and they will gladly accommodate you.

If that’s not enough excitement for you, there are nightly shows, including magic shows, sing-a-longs, and arts and crafts, to name only a few. There are even bonfires, complete with live music and marshmallows.

If you can manage to carve out some time for yourself in your packed activity schedule, the ranch even has a massage and facial center, the perfect way to unwind after a long, fun-filled day, or to start your day relaxed and refreshed.

For more information on all of the fun things in store for your family at the Rocking Horse Ranch, or for directions, visit their website at www.rhranch.com. To book a room, you can call their reservations line at 800-647-2624.

Jesseca Stenson