Ridin’ Hy Ranch

Is Ridin’ Hy Ranch disability-friendly? Ridin’ Hy Ranch is an all-inclusive resort nestled in the mountainside of Adirondack State Park, in New York. I’ll share my review and what it is like to stay at this resort with a child with disabilities.

a donkey's face at Ridin Hy Ranch

I thought I’d share a few things I learned while we were there, in case you are thinking of visiting Ridin Hy Ranch with your kids. Particularly if they have disabilities. My son’s seizure issues did cause us a bit of distress during our last visit and we left early.

We have now gone to Ridin Hy Ranch three or four times. My stepmother’s family decided that this would be a great spot for their family reunions, so we go. We’ve mostly had a great time.

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My Ridin Hy Ranch Review

First, we visited in mid-June and have really lucked out with the weather. We chose the last possible week we could get before “peak season” for the lower rates. We’ve usually had sunny, clear days every day.

From what we heard though, the week prior to us and the week after us, were just horrible. It poured all day, every day. Even with the sunshine though, the lake (Sherman Lake) was still a bit chilly for swimming and the nights were chilly. Bring sweatshirts and sweatpants.

little boy fishing ridin hy

Ridin Hy Ranch Prices

Ridin Hy Ranch is one of those all-inclusive ranches. You pay one fee, per person, and it includes everything. Depending on when you go the price will change. The price is based on 2 nights or more. For an adult, the price for 2 nights is about $400, and for a child $230-370, depending on age.

What Activities Does Ridin Hy Ranch Have?

According to their website, it includes:

  • Horse Back Riding Lessons and Guided Trail Riding
  • Pony Rides
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Children’s Arts & Crafts
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Bingo
  • Wine & Cheese Parties
  • Cocktail Parties
  • Massage Therapy, Manicure and Pedicure Treatments are available
cabins at rydin hi ranch

I think they have more activities than those on the website. We did most of them. My kids loved most of them. The kids’ crafts were just so-so. They held them in a ski lodge (not being used, since it was June) and they didn’t even turn on the lights. Nor did it seem like they (staff) wanted to be there. It felt like more of an afterthought instead of a fabulous activity they wanted to share with kids. That was really my only complaint about the activities. Everything else was great.

Ridin Hy Ranch Horseback Riding

My niece loved horseback riding and signed up to do it every day. At the time, she was a novice rider. I think that Ridin Hy Ranch is great for novices but an experienced or expert rider may be bored.

little girl on a horse

My younger son was not interested in horses, he is just 4 and is a bit afraid. My other son does hippotherapy so he did a ride or two.

horses ridin hy ranch

The guys went fishing several times and even caught a fish or two.

jp catching a fish ridin hy ranch

Kevin and I love paddleboats. We do them every chance we get. It’s so peaceful sitting out there.

paddleboats ridin hy ranch
paddleboats ridin hy ranch

The setting is beautiful. It was nice to park the car just once and not use it again. There is not much close by.

ridin hy ranch from lake
ridin yi ranch lake

What is the Food like at Ridin Hy Ranch?

The food is also included and you are assigned dining time and eat in a big dining hall with all the other guests. The food was ok, very ranch-y. Very carb heavy, starch heavy. Mind you I love good meat and potatoes meal. Just not every meal, every day. By the end of the week, I had really had enough. And we were being pretty active, still, it felt like I was gaining weight.

donkey on a fence

We had fun swimming in the indoor pool, but be aware that the chlorine smell was very strong. Almost overwhelmingly so. It also is a bit dark in there and there isn’t a lifeguard. If your kids want to swim there, you need to stay with them depending on their age and ability.

I didn’t do any of the nighttime activities such as games, karaoke, and other fun stuff. My kids go to bed early. I had other family members who went and enjoyed themselves. We went to bingo one night and my youngest won $81 which was fun.

We did BYO in our cabin, but there is a bar there where you can purchase drinks. Alcoholic drinks are not served at dinner.

brian fishing ridin hy ranch

Tips for traveling with {disabled} kids

  • Food: I do not know if they have an allergy-free kitchen, it doesn’t appear so (kinda rustic). If you wish for gluten free, not necessarily available. They also did not have carb counts available for those with T1. If you have any of these issues, would definitely need to call ahead.
  • Activities: I love inclusive facilities like this. If my son isn’t having a great day, we go back to our cabin which is close by. My son has a lot of struggles as far as motor planning and both gross and fine motor, and there was still plenty for him to do. My SIL and I both got a massage. She loved hers, I hated mine.
  • Lights and Sound: The main lodge is rustic and dark at spots. It’s all accessible, but be aware if you have vision issues that it may be difficult to navigate. The dining hall was not overly loud. My son didn’t experience any particular sensory issues except navigating after dusk. (Editing to add: The main lodge burned down in 2018 and has been rebuilt. I have not been to the new one yet.)
  • Medical care: My son had a seizure and fell, requiring stitches. The care was decent, but not particularly close. Given his serious seizure condition, it made me concerned for him. Albany is quite a distance away.
  • Overall, we had a great time and my son often asks when we are going back.

Ridin Hy Ranch Resort

Overall, we had a great time and I would return. It seems pricey, but by the time you pay for meals and snacks at a non-inclusive vacation, it’s about the same. It is a 4-5 hour drive from the Philadelphia area.

Bottom line: Would I go back? YES!

You might also be considering Rocking Horse Ranch. Yes, we’ve been there too!

(Author’s note: This post is way overdue and for that I apologize. It got buried and I just now noticed that it never published as scheduled. We have now been to Ridin Hy at least 3 times, I think.)

Maybe you’re also considering: Rocking Horse Ranch NY

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