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Wilstem guest ranch, Paoli

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If you're looking for a destination wedding with quaint cabins nestled in the woods, horseback riding and hiking trails, and a serene oasis of wooded hills and gently rolling pastures, look no further than Wilstem Guest Ranch. Located on U.S. Highway 150 near the historic Indiana towns of French Lick and West Baden Springs, Wilstem Guest Ranch sits on 1,100 acres at the southwestern edge of Southern Indiana's Hoosier National Forest. Wilstem is a place for peaceful retreat, rest and relaxation. Its natural beauty and rolling farmland make it one of the premier guest ranch destinations in the American Midwest.
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  • The elephant and giraffe experiences at Wilstem Ranch are a MUST! Having traveled all the way to Thailand recently to volunteer with elephants, I was thrilled to hear there was a place in the US where...  more »
  • We didn't know what to expect with this stop of our vacation but we were pleasantly amazed. We did the Elephant and Giraffe Experiences and all of us enjoyed both. The guides were knowledgeable and gr...  more »
  • This is so much better than a zoo. You get to see interaction with the animals. Really loved the giraffes. The handler was funny and they interacted like they were family. It was awesome. The kids got...  more »
  • We stayed in the Carriage house. It was so lovely inside and out. It has been a dream for me to be up close to these AMAZING elephants. I look them right in their eyes it was like seeing in their beautiful soul. The information and time you get to be with them was absolutely a dream. I got to wash do their nails. The staff was so friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back.
  • We had a wonderful experience here. It was very cool getting to touch the elephants during the elephant encounter. The leaders of the experience were incredibly knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions patiently and enthusiastically. I am giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because the elephants seemed a little sad, and it was a little strange having elephants in south central Indiana. You also might find out whether you're allergic to elephant (like I did...and I am). Anyway, it was not very expensive, and my significant other and I had a great time; it's a good place to go if you are in love!!
  • Took my wife and stayed at honeymoon cottage for 2 nights on weekend, we had a very pleasant time. A perfect relaxing getaway in nature and your not too far from French Lick and Paoli if you need to run in to town. There are plenty of activities to do, swimming, the giraffe and elephant experience, four wheelers, esc. The pool was refreshing, although it was dirty. Only complaint was the cabin porch and swimming pool were dirty (we couldn't sit on cabin porch chairs because of dirt)
  • We are staying in a Cabin. No. Just no. They are super unclean and very outdated. Water pressure is too high as well. Beds feel like cardboard and you can feel the springs. The floor is soooo nasty that when we just walks around the house, the bottom of our feet turn black! Water damage is also occurring. When it rains it makes a huge puddle in the kitchen. Very disappointed.
  • My son And i went to the elephant educational seminar it was very educational and got to pet the elephants also went to the giraffe educational very informative got to feed and licked by a giraffe this was so awesome to have been this close to these beautiful animals