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Wilstem guest ranch, Paoli
(4.5/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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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  • An amazing learning experience getting to bathe three elephants who have been lovingly cared for by the same trainer who has raised them since they were young. We were with a small group, took turns i...  more »
  • This is a work in progress as they are building up to provide a safari experience and adding more animals along the way. Already have 3 elephants that you can get up close and personal with by paying ...  more »
  • We went to see the elephants. Great experience for the kids. Very interesting and informative. Would highly recommend. 
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  • If you are looking for something educational and FUN for your family to do then bring them here. They have a program that teaches children about elephants as well as other animals. They will let everyone touch the animals and take pictures. They have a small pumpkin patch and other games or projects do do as well. They offer a cabins for rent there but we have not stayed in one so I can't comment on how that would be but they look ok. We went during the fall so the change of colors was beautiful in that area. There are other things to do in that area as well. This is a fun outing for your family.
  • The elephant spa experience was truly awesome and something I will never forget. All 3 elephants were docile, calm and well behaved. Would highly recommend it for anyone who loves elephants as I do.
  • We rented two three-bedroom cabins for a family vacation and were very disappointed with the quality, cleanliness and conditions of the cabins. They are in much need of updating, cleaning and painting. The fire pits are very small and no wood is provided. One bathroom floor was sagging and a towel rod came out of the wall. The swimming pool is very small and without any lounge chairs it was not a very relaxing experience to take small children swimming. In the process of coordinating a time to go on ATVs the owner took the earlier time knowing this time worked better for his guests. This was an extremely over-priced location and we have found much better cabins in the area for much more reasonable pricing. Stay at another facility and just come for the activities if you want to spend the money.
  • Everyone was so knowledgable and friendly! From the horseback riding and the zip lines, not to mention the Elephant encounter! Wow so amazing to get so close to the elephants and learn so much about them. Definitely coming back next year!
  • Fun quite farm. Good family entertainment.