"the place to be!"
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
Note: There is a new stop light at the East end of our road! Now you can turn in and out of our road with ease and you can take the first light to the right on Fenner Rd.!
Welcome to the Ranch Website!
Thank You so much to the 600+ visitors who came out for Rock the Ranch! Your enthusiam and donations were greatly appreciated. What a wonderful day it was! Thanks also to the Ranch volunteers and family members who helped all day. The music and weather could not have been better. Thanks to 365 Ministries of Springfield who came in and took over the entertainment duties- they were truly a professional team. Thanks also to Pastor Richie Griffith who brought the message during the worship service.
We could not have pulled it off without all the help!
Friday and Saturday night is week four of flashlight nights in the maze at the Ranch- We Made some new kid's games-now including "Zig Zag game, Duck Races, Shelled Corn "sand box.", Big Slide, Corn Cobb Swing, Cars Raceway, Mining Sluice, Straw Pile Jump, Corn Hole Toss, Hillbilly Golf, and Tetherball, For the adults- there is TV Theme Song Trivia. And we just got in some new "Saturday morning- 1960's" cartoons for movies on the barn- and a Disney flick to follow- be here to pick one out!
W0W- Since the weather has cooled a bit, the animals are so much more active and ready to see their guests. When it was so awful hot, they seemed to just lay around, anywhere away from the sun, now they are out and even sunbathing at times. So get on out here this weekend to see the animals since it is not raining and it is not so unbearably hot!
Well here it is the 2016 Corn Maze aerial photo-IHR thanks Ryan Cool of "75 Drone" that came out and took our photo. It has an animals of the Rainforest theme, and offers 22 game stations hidden in the maze. Find all hints to complete your game sheet and conquer the maze in record time to win a season pass! There is also a "mini" maze for the less adventurous (and kids) that is not connected to the big maze. For more details and information click here.
We made the list of top corn mazes in Ohio- to see the list click here.
The corn maze is free with your Ranch admission Fri-Sun noon til 6pm. Special Flashlight nights (Fri and Sat) start Sept 9th and run through the end of the season. Get your group together and plan a visit to the Ranch soon!
Lubbins is back on display!
IHR is now open for the 2016 season. Look for numerous changes and upgrades, such as:
We now have North American River Otters!
Adele, the pot bellied pig had 4 piglets on June 12th!
We now have a red ruft lemur
The coyote pen has been moved
There are now three new miniature cows which are available anytime for offsite petting zoos.
Mimsy, the coatimundi, has a new exibit
And remember IHR is the place to be!!
Want to be part of a win-win-win situation?
Tired of tears after the fair is over and you know what is going to happen to your 4-H lamb or goat?
IHR Message Boxes. Kids love to push the buttons and hear what the animals have to say. Can you find all twelve boxes?
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 appointment 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 2016 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.