RIVER RANCH, FL--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2014) - In honor of the tenth-annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 26, Westgate River Ranch is encouraging guests to unleash their inner cowboy with a free night deal for a cowboy vacation. Westgate River Ranch guests who book a room between July 25-28 will receive a free cowboy hat and an additional free night when booking two nights at the standard price for stays through June 30, 2015. Reservations can be booked online at www.wgriverranch.com/cowboyday with the promo code COWBOY26.

Westgate River Ranch is the perfect setting to celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy. Situated 90 miles south of Orlando in the heart of Florida's cattle lands, the resort offers an authentic cowboy experience with activities like a Saturday night rodeo, horseback riding and mechanical bull. 

National Day of the Cowboy was passed by Congress in 2005 to preserve the United States' cowboy history and heritage. Despite the perception of the American cowboy being unique to the Western United States, the first American cowboys were from Florida. The "crackers," whose name came from the sound their bullwhips made when moving cattle, started herding Florida's wild cows in the 1700s. Westgate River Ranch is located on one of the old cattle trails where Florida cowboys would herd cattle and move them to market. 

Today, the ranch stands as a reminder of the cowboy's contribution to Florida heritage. Offering a true cowboy experience, the resort houses a 1,200-seat rodeo arena, home to the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States, featuring trick riding, bull riding and barrel racing. To add to the authenticity, guests can watch buffalo and cattle grazing just outside their doorstep.

Westgate River Ranch's National Day of the Cowboy offer includes one (1) complimentary night with purchase of two (2) nights in one of the following accommodations: lodge suite, lodge guest room, deluxe lodge suite or glamping. Accommodations must be booked between July 25-July 28, with travel dates through June 30, 2015. One complimentary cowboy hat per reservation is also included. To book and for full terms and conditions, visit www.wgriverranch.com/cowboyday and enter the promo code COWBOY26, or call (863) 692-1321. Not valid for groups, blackout dates apply.