"the place to be!"
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To provide sanctuary and loving care to animal species of all kinds;
to educate visitors of all ages in a fun and interactive way,
and to promote sustainable conservation on a global scale.
Idle-Hour Ranch LLC - Troy, OH
Located off I-75 exit #73 just 3 miles west of Troy, OHGPS gives "long way" directions, please
Welcome to the Ranch!
IHR will be open as usual Labor Day weekend- Fri-Sat-Sun. Our staff will be given Labor Day (Monday) off- so we will be closed on Labor Day. So come on out and see the animals and the maze this weekend!
The corn maze is now open! It has a North American animal theme and is free with your Ranch admission! It is a wolf howling at the moon. Also, can you spot the cougar and fox faces? Come see this unique activity- there are 27 game stations to find in the scavenger hunt and be the fastest to complete your game sheet and earn a free season pass to the Ranch!
Want to be part of a win-win-win situation? Want to avoid selling your cherished wether sheep or goat to the meat buyers at the end of the fair? Idle-Hour Ranch is looking for animal applicants to become ambassadors that will represent the Ranch at petting zoos and live nativity scenes. If accepted, your animal will be promised to never be sold, to live out its life interacting with people, and with the donation of the animal, the owners will receive a free forever season pass to the Ranch. Talk about a win-win-win - this is it!
If interested, click on this link 4-h animal donation page
Imagine, no more tears at the end of the Fair if accepted!
IHR Message Boxes. Kids love to push the buttons and hear what the animals have to say. Can you find all twelve boxes?
6 total -12 weeks old!
WoW- here is a link to a letter written about Sam and his influence on a lady's life...grab the tissues. Sam's Story
Have to share this one...The other day at the Ranch, I noticed a little boy walking, pouting with his head down.
So I ask, "What's wrong sonny?"
He replies dejectedly, "I wanted to see your dinosaurs and we can't find them......"
He was truly disappointed.
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I told Charlene to get back in the barn- it's going to rain- and this is what I got from her.....
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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
Still have questions? Try our FAQs page, they may have already been answered.
New Pony Ride Ring!
June through October
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
12:00 to 6:00 pm*
Weekday Group Tours- by appointmentt 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
Please note that all proceeds from our admissions, and feed for the animals, goes directly to the care and housing of our animals here at IHR.
Thank you for your support in our efforts to provide sanctuary for species of all kinds as well as our heartfelt dedication to world-class education and conservation.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Toddlers- (2 and under) -> Free
Children- (3-12 years old)> $10
Adults- (13 years & older) -> $12
Sr Citizens (65+) receive $2 off admission
Native Americans, Military** (including veterans), Firefighters, EMTs, Police/Sheriff are admitted FREE! Please show ID.* Excludes special event dates
**Active duty and retired only, does not include dependents of active duty.
Want to save $$Consider a Season PassMasterCard & Visa are welcomed
Pony rides, Camel rides, mining sluice are not included in the general admission price
Note: 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 2015 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 greatest 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.
Did You Know?
IHR has free wireless internet access- so feel free to bring your laptops and relax in the shade on your next visit!