Idle-Hour Ranch - Troy, Oh
Located off I-75 exit #73 just 3 miles west of Troy, OhClick here for specific directions
Meet "Fritz" (gray sheep) and" Dexter" (white Boer goat) IHR's latest members. Both have been proudly donated to IHR to serve in nativity scenes and petting zoos. They have become great friends and now do petting zoos together.
As you’ve all heard about or seen in the news recently, Ohio Dept of Agriculture is proposing to build a facility at Reynoldsburg to house exotic animals confiscated from private individuals. This did not come as a big surprise, as a facility to house confiscated animals is something that was discussed during the Task Force meetings and the committee hearings on Senate Bill 310. What did come as a surprise was that they want to build it in Reynoldsburg, and the cost is estimated to be 3.5 million dollars.
HERE’S WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO IMMEDIATELY: Call the 6 legislators and the President and Executive Secretary and let them know that you object to your taxpayer dollars being spent to build a facility for the State to house personal property (animals) that has been forcibly taken from Ohio citizens.
If you don’t like speaking directly to these people, call them this weekend or on Monday after 5:00 p.m. when you’re likely to get their answering machine, and leave your message on it. Be firm but polite, and give them your name and phone number and tell them you are an Ohio voter and taxpayer. It’s doubtful anyone will call you back, but if you don’t leave them your number, they definitely won’t
Ohio Association of Animal Owners
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It's our latest, greatest activity- Introducing the Idle-Hour Ranch Mining Company! The kids love this fun and educational experience as they "pan" for real gems and minerals. The mining sluice is up and fully operational, you have got to see it!
Troy’s latest attraction in Agricultural Entertainment is now open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 12n - 6pm, June through October. This family owned and operated agricultural facility is dedicated to providing a fun and educational atmosphere for guests of all ages.
Highlights of Idle-Hour Ranch
Sam wants to see you as much as you want to see him!
Still have questions? Try our FAQs page, they may have already been answered.
New Pony Ride Ring!
Our Hours: 12 noon-6 pm*
every Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
June through October
Weekday Group Tours- by appt only!
* admission to IHR stops at 6pm, there is no real closing time, so feel free to take as much time as you like to visit, we have nowhere to go, so don't feel rushed to leave if you arrive near 6pm
And here is what you really want to know- The admission prices:
Toddlers- (2 and under) ----- > Free
Children- (3-12 years old) ------> $7
Adults- (13 years and older) ----> $10
Native Americans, Military (including veterans), Firefighters, EMTs, Police/Sheriff are admitted FREE! Please show ID. Sr Citizens receive $1 off admissionMasterCard, Visa, & Discover are welcomedNote: Food to hand feed the animals is available for purchase at our feed table. The animals will love you for it!
We will use this section to let you know if we ever have to shut down for severe weather or any other emergency- just be sure to check here for news on our status before you drive out- especially if the weather is questionable. We will make every effort to be open every weekend.
A special note to Grandparents:
Make this your "special thing" to do with the grandkids- A lot of Grandparents have found this is a great activity to do with their grandchildren, when they get tired of McDonald's Playland.
As a matter of fact- Enter our 2012 photo contest! Best photos will be displayed and author will get a free family pass to the Ranch. Just e-mail your favorite photo to email@example.com. Only two photos per author please. Of course all photo entries become the property of IHR and can be used in any advertising.
We have received lots of good comments about our Goatwalk- the children really love watching the goats run up the ramps to eat. Come see it for yourself- there is nothing like it anywhere else!
Located just three miles off of I-75 west of Troy, Ohio , the latest attraction in Agricultural Entertainment, Idle-Hour Ranch (IHR), is now open to the public. This family owned and operated agricultural facility is dedicated to providing a fun, relaxed, family oriented atmosphere where guests of all ages can be educated about agriculture, entertained and given the opportunity to create life-long memories together.
Idle-Hour Ranch is proud to introduce to the community the age-old concept of Onsite Agricultural Direct Marketing, now commonly known as Agricultural Tourism. The North American Farmer’s Direct Marketing Association defines Agricultural Tourism as “the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.
Did You Know?
Native Americans, Military (including veterans), Firefighters, EMTs, and police force personnel are all admitted FREE to the Ranch, in honor of the services they provide. Just show your ID at the entrance.
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IHR has free wireless internet access- so feel free to bring your laptops and relax in the shade on your next visit!