The Ultimate Guide to Westgate Excursions

Sep 26, 2022

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The Ultimate Guide to Westgate Excursions

With all the amenities at Westgate Resorts, it’s easy to forget that there are so many other fun things to do in Orlando in other Westgate destinations. There is! And you should. Whether you’re looking for fun things to do in Orlando for adults or something for the whole family, excursions are a great day to ramp up the excitement and get more from your vacation.

Westgate Excursions

Quick Excursion Definition to Help You Choose What You Like Best

Excursions are short journeys or trips to a leisure or vacation activity away from the resort. Whether you have a down vacation day with nothing planned or are up for venturing outside of the resort, a Westgate vacation excursion is an option at select resorts.

Many available activities are day or half-day long outings that take you to an exciting, must-see destination in the area where you are staying.

The outing can be a special piece of nature or wildlife experience. It can also be a thrill-filled visit to an adventure or water park. Ultimately, you have the option to choose the experiences you want to take part in.

Vacations are not only a time to relax, but also to experience brand new things outside of your comfort zone.

Ready for an excursion, keep reading and let the adventures begin!

Orlando, FL Excursions

As one of the most exciting vacation destinations in the country, there are plenty of things to do in and outside of Orlando to make your trip one you’ll never forget.

From waterparks, spa, pools, and the long list of resort amenities just at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa and Westgate Town Center, to indoor activities Orlando locals recommend, add even more excitement to your vacation with an Orlando excursion at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo and Gatorland.

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo: Down for a full day of classic Florida adventure? Take an airboat ride just like you see in movies and nature documentaries. Have some extra fun with archery, the swamp buggy ride and scenic Kissimmee Queen River Cruise. Interact with animals at the petting farm. There’s even a real life Rodeo every Saturday night along with a street party complete with western line dancing to lively tunes. You’ll also love horseback riding, pony rides and mechanical bull riding, plus an Escape Room, fishing and so much more.

River Ranch Excursion Package: Roundtrip transportation to Westgate River Ranch for a full day + select activities.

River Ranch VIP Cruise & Nashville Singer Songwriter Series Excursion: Roundtrip transportation to Westgate River Ranch + VIP tour, Kissimmee Queen River Cruise, Nashville Singer Songwriter Series concert, BBQ Feast.

Participating resorts: Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Town Center, Westgate Vacation Villas Resort..

Gatorland: Of course, the most notorious animal that everyone has to see on a trip to Orlando is the alligator. There are plenty of those at Gatorland. This gator sanctuary offers an incredible up-close experience with Florida's native alligators with the opportunity to even feed and take pics with them!

Roundtrip to Gatorland + select activities.

Participating resorts: Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Town Center, Westgate Vacation Villas Resort..


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Cocoa Beach Resort, FL Excursions

Just staying at Cocoa Beach will take your breath away, but you won't believe what else you can experience in the area. A stay at Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort comes with access to the famous Cocoa Beach, Wakulla Falls Water Park, the famous Cocoa Beach Pier and that special brand of Cocoa Beach fun!

As if the sand, sea and sun weren’t enough, venture out on an excursion to Brevard Zoo and add more to the mix.

The Brevard Zoo: Famous for its open-air habitats that allow visitors to experience wildlife in a more authentic, natural way, the sprawling 75-acre zoo is always a hit with families. Whether you’re a nature lover or fan of all living things, the zoo is home to 900 species of animals, some native to Florida and from all over the globe.

Call to Book tel:+1-321-783-2230

Gatlinburg, TN Excursions

The Smoky Mountains are an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable trip that's equal parts adventure and relaxation. And the cabin-style accommodation at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park sets the tone for a perfect dream gateway. Add in Wild Bear Falls Water Park, Serenity Spa by Westgate, Flying Bear Zipline, mini golf and the heated outdoor pools and you’ve got that perfect mountain retreat you’re likely never going forget.

Can it get better? Yes it can, with Westgate Gatlinburg Excursions!

Guided Hike: The best way to start exploring the beautiful nature of the Smoky Mountains is by diving right into it. Arrange for a guided hike on the trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You won't have just any guide, Westgate arranges for a Certified Naturalist to accompany guests and point out wonders of nature that the untrained eye would never see. Call to book tel:+1-865-430-4800

White Water Rafting: Even though the Gatlinburg area is known for its mountains, it's even more thrilling to explore the "trails" of its white water rapids. Take a 6.5-mile trip down Pigeon River to see things from an entirely different perspective. This is a once in a lifetime experience you won't stop talking about.

Cades Cove: Once you've familiarized yourself with the natural surroundings, you can really immerse yourself in it (and have a lot of fun in the process). Visit Cades Cove to see relics original cabins, churches, barns, and graveyards from the first settlers of the Smoky Mountains. Call to book tel:+1-865-430-4800

Lumber Jack Experience: Have fun playing the roles of Jack and Jill lumberjacks competing with each other in axe throwing plus a private meet and greet to round out a great day.

Branson, MO Excursions

Branson Woods is the home of some of the world's best live entertainment. That's no joke, even though you will hear plenty of jokes on the Redneck Comedy Bus Tour. Venture outside of the resort and add more fun with an outing to these popular spots on the list of things to do.

Redneck Comedy Tour: The Redneck Comedy Tour takes you on a sightseeing tour of Branson's best comedy spots. You'll get to see all of the famous comedy venues of 76 Country Boulevard. And, of course, have a lot of laughs along the way.

Call to book: tel:+1-417-334-2324

The Triple Play: Follow up the comedy tour with The Triple Play experience. You’ll get the full entertainment experience of Branson complete with dinner, a show, and a personal meet-and-greet ice cream social with a performer.

Dine on the award-winning barbecue at Big D BBQ, an area favorite. After an amazing meal you'll head to the theater to see Hamner's Unbelievable Variety Show. It's an incredibly entertaining mix of magic, comedy, dancing, and singing. What's even cooler is that a star from the show will join you for an ice cream social to top off the evening.

Call to book tel:+1-417-334-2324

Park City, UT Excursions

Park City, Utah, is all about wilderness and adventure so expect nothing less from your trip. A stay at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa comes with award winning accommodations and top notch amenities at any time of year. Though many come during ski season to ride the fresh powder of the resort's top-rated slopes, there's a lot more to do beyond the slopes and resort.

This is where excursions come in!

Take a trip to Utah Olympic Park for unlimited use of adrenaline-pumping rides and experiences. For those who love a good view, enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Park City from the Extreme Zip and Freestyle Zip - of course, you may be too caught up in the excitement.

Utah Olympic Park: Sign up for a Gold Pass and expect a number of unique adrenalin pumping experiences.

Park City Excursion Package includes: 3.5. hour long sessions of the Alpine Slide, Extreme Tubing, Extreme Zip, Freestyle Zip, Discovery Course, Canyon Course, Summit Course, Drop Tower, Airbag Jumps + Scenic Chairlifts.

Call to book: tel:+1-435-940-9444

Armstrong Trail Expedition: Enjoy a more relaxing, calm excursion by arranging for an Armstrong Trail Expedition. You'll feel like you're in a fantasy land hiking this must-see trail. When you reach the top, enjoy a picnic from the notorious Silver Star Café that's been featured on the Food Network.

Call to book: tel:+1-435-940-9444

Myrtle Beach, SC Excursions

And last but certainly not least on our list is Myrtle Beach excursions. If you have a down day with nothing planned or wish to venture out to experience more of this beach getaway, choose your favorite excursions or few!

Crooked Hammock Brewery: Located on the water by Barefoot Landing, Crooked Hammock Brewery is one of a kind. Take an exclusive tour and learn about its history of beer making and more.

Putt Putt Tournament: Face off on 18 holes at two different courses in competitive golf with fellow guests. The winning team will get a lunch voucher to Drafts Sports Bar & Grill.

Splinter City: This excursion is perfect for novices and golf experts alike! Expect an exciting day at the Splinter City Disc Golf Course, a must-do activity that promises lots of fun.


An excursion is a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return: a pleasure excursion; a scientific excursion. a trip on a train, ship, etc., at a reduced rate: weekend excursions to mountain resorts. the group of persons making such a journey: an excursion of tourists.

Guests who stay at Westgate Resorts can book excursions that are planned as an external activity.

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An example of excursion is a tour of the zoo or an activity such as white river rafting or a horseback riding

An outing is a short pleasure trip usually lasting no more than a day. A trip is a journey for some purpose, usually including the return. An excursion is a day trip made for pleasure, usually by a group of people.

Last Tips on The Ultimate Guide to Westgate Excursions

Curious about what else is available? Make sure to call the resort concierge in advance to help you make a plan and arrange an adventure.

And be sure to keep reading the Westgate Travel Blog for vacation tips, tricks, and things to do during your getaway.


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* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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