Ho's Ponderosa, in Bushnell, Fla., offers packages for two nights/three days ($299 per person, double), four nights/five days ($475) and six nights/seven days ($650). Rates are the same year-round, and packages include all meals, beverages, snacks, lodging, entertainment and horseback riding. The one-night "Taste of a Dude Ranch" package (with room, dinner and breakfast) is an excellent deal at $99.95 a person; the two rides it includes could easily set you back $100 alone elsewhere.The ranch also offers theme packages, including "Full Moon" rides and mystery weekends; call (87) -70-RANCH or check for details.
Fly to either Orlando or Tampa, each about 75 minutes away.
The focus here is on entertainment, not work. Lounge on the swing, jump in a hot tub or take a nap. Help groom the horses, play horseshoes or watch TV in the lodge. There's good fishing in the area, or go manatee-viewing in the Crystal River (about 30 minutes away).If you're jonesing for roller-coasters and adults dressed like Winnie the Pooh, Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens are all within an hour's drive. For cheaper, less in-your-face theme park experiences, consider nearby Weeki Wachee (with its mermaid shows) or Silver Springs (and its glass-bottom boats). Or just head to the gulf beaches.
Visit Florida, (888) 735-2872,

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