Kids stay free at the Rocking Horse Ranch in mid-April

Guests ride along at the Rocking Horse Ranch

Guests ride along at the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland. (March 23, 2012) (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

For those looking to take a last minute family getaway, the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland is offering an enticing special — children stay free from Sunday, April 15, to Thursday, April 19. There are also other package deals this month — rates as low as $129 per adult a night and $49 per child a night.

The beauty of the ranch is that it takes care of everything. Meals, baby-sitting, evening entertainment — Rocking Horse Ranch handles it all, making your vacation feel like a vacation and not an obstacle course.

A cheerful Catskills-in-the-summer vibe pervades. Younger kids will love the pony rides, the bounce house, scavenger hunts and the indoor water park. Older children can escape their embarrassing parents for the day with activities such as rock (wall) climbing, miniature golf, archery and, of course, horseback riding. Adults looking to escape their brood for a few hours can indulge at the spa, go line-dancing or hit the happy hour. Evening brings the family back together with a communal dinner and entertainment options such as karaoke, magic shows and musical revues.

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