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3 Day Wildlife Rescue Farm Horse Riding Holiday in Merritt Island, Florida

Obloy Family Ranch, 165 Gator Drive, Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida, USA

Ranch Vacation in Florida

At Obloy Family Ranch, both the horseback and trail experiences will provide you with a taste of what it was like to be a Florida cowboy or cowgirl. While you won't be herding cattle, you will be able to explore nature like nothing else outside of Florida. Whether you are an experienced rider or are just looking to try a new and exciting adventure, this tour won't let you down. The guides will ensure you that everyone is safe and has a good time.

Key Information

  • Riders Weight Limit: 300 pounds / 136 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: Up to 19 hands
  • Tack Type: Western tack

Horse Breed: various horse

Highlights

  • 2 days with horseback riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 hour
  • Amazing trails for an up-close view of nature in Florida
  • Petting farm and wildlife visit each day
  • Cowboy or cowgirl life experience
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • ATM / banking
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

In 2015, the Obloy family purchased the ranch and helped transform the property into a wildlife sanctuary and farm, adding horseback riding trails, restoring and restocking freshwater ponds for fishing, as well as building and stocking the general store and outdoor party hub.

Along with Obloy Family Ranch's petting zoo, wildlife sanctuary, and horseback riding, they also offer accommodations in their private cabins, as well as a new 3,000 square feet barn which now serves as the Barn Stall Winery and Wedding Barn.

The Obloy Family Ranch offers 36 acres of fun, excitement, adventure, and outdoor family time. You will enjoy spending time in a cabin that sleeps up to six guests at Obloy Family Ranch. There are three cabins to choose from, each named after Obloy Family Ranch very own wine. They are Old Country Roads (a country / farm-themed cabin), Wild Horses (a horse-themed cabin), and Rebel (a Western-themed cabin).

The cabin amenities include:

  • Air conditioner
  • A full bedroom sleeps 2, a loft sleeps 2, and a pull out couch sleeps 2
  • Kitchen with a cooktop, dishes and silverware, microwave, coffee maker, and mini fridge
  • Full bathroom with a stand-up shower
  • Big screen TV with Wi-Fi
  • Cozy indoor fireplace
  • Amazing view of the horse pasture from the front porch

Additional considerations

  • Pet(s) live on the property - Exotic petting zoo on the property
  • Not suitable for family pets
  • Potential for noise - park hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Saturday
  • Quiet time is at 22:00

Program

Horseback trail riding tours

A guided tour on horseback is available to riders aged 10 and up. You will be able to explore amazing trails that will give you an up-close view of nature in Florida. This trail is perfect for beginners and seasoned riders alike. Obloy Family Ranch can take up to six riders (one rider per horse) in a single trip. It can be five adults horses and one pony. The specifications of this trail ride are:

  • Beginners and advanced riders
  • 45-minute experience including mounting and safety instructions
  • Close-toed shoes required

Petting farm and wildlife rescue

Obloy Family Ranch loves their animals. They are the friendliest, most unique bunch of furry, scaly, and feathery friends Obloy Family Ranch could ask for. You can come down and learn about the ongoing efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and reintroduce animals suffering from abuse, abandonment, neglect, or catastrophic disasters, discover volunteering opportunities at the farm, and even find a new friend.

Through a lot of tender-loving care, these animals are healthy and capable of giving love while living a stress-free life on the ranch. You can bring the whole family out and meet them yourselves.

Note: Please note that the programs are available from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00.

Location

Obloy Family Ranch is located on a historic property in Merritt Island, Florida, the USA. The property dates back to the 1890s when it operated as a navel orange grove and later transitioned to become one of Florida's first gator ranches.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Shopping

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Things to do (optional)

ATV tour

Obloy Family Ranch has an ATV that is perfect for you. If you are a beginner or an experienced four-wheeler, you will have a blast on the 150cc ATVs, single riders. You can enjoy a 45-minute ATV experience around the 36-acre ranch.

  • 65 USD per person
  • 16 years and older
  • 45-minute experience
  • Close-toed shoes required

Baby animals visit

You can see adorable baby animals born right here. Some of them are adoptable.

Country store visit

You can purchase feed for the animals at the country store. There are also local honey, jams, jellies, jerkies, and more.

Field trip

Each field trip includes a guided tour of Obloy Family Ranch's 36-acre property.

  • Hands-on interaction with horses, llamas, goats, pigs, donkeys, cows, rabbits, turkeys, and more
  • Learn about the wildlife conservation efforts and observe the Gators, ring-tailed lemurs, and more
  • Each group enjoys a tractor-pulled hay ride around the ranch.
  • Discover what life is like on a real family ranch.

Hayride

Guided tours of the farm allow for plenty of interaction with the animals. You will also get to experience tractor-pulled hay rides, free with every petting farm ticket purchase.

Monster truck ride

You and your group will experience an exciting lap around the property, so climb in and hold on, this is one tour you don't want to miss. Available for 7 USD for adults and 5 USD for children ages 3 to 12.

  • Safe, off-road adventure ages three and up
  • 10 passenger seating capabilities
  • Full-bodied roll cages and exoskeleton
  • Over 13-feet tall and 72-inch tires

Train ride

The Adventure Express Jungle Train is the ultimate way to experience everything Obloy Family Ranch's property has to offer. You can soak in the beautiful views of the fishing ponds and animals on the property. This tour is perfect for the train enthusiast or tractor admirer in your family. The "engine" of the Adventure Express jungle train is a 1942 John Deere tractor.

The train ride is available for 3 USD for adults (13 years and older), 2.5 USD for kids (12 years to 3 years of age), and free for children 2 years and younger.

What's included

  • 2-day horseback ride (45 minutes - 1 hour)
  • Petting farm and wildlife visit each day
  • 2 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Other activates
  • Merchandise
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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