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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Gonzales

Glen Rose, Texas

The town of Glen Rose, Texas isn't a huge attraction, however, it does have two really great spots that are worth the visit - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Photos by @colonial.farms. You can find more images located in 'The Gardeners Portfolio".

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim is a wildlife refuge for all kinds of species. Because of the climate here in Texas, you can find a lot of animals that are native to Africa. For example, the Black Buck shown above.

This was such a great experience and a photographer's dream! We spent half the day there just driving around, photographing, and looking at the animals. This was for my husband's birthday and he was a HAPPY camper! He loves animals and had the binoculars glued to his face the whole time. So needless to say, this is a great experience for everyone!

They have tons to do here as well! You can do a self-drive tour or a guided or group tour (I highly recommend the self-drive tour). This allows you to go at your own pace and take your time. If you plan on stopping for a bit, just pull over to the side so the cars behind you can pass. For the self-drive tours, ticket prices are $25.00 each for adults and $20.00 each for children between the ages of 3-11. Age 2 and under are free.

Some other great opportunities include a children's animal center, an awesome gift shop, and a behind-the-scenes guided tour to see the animals that are not roaming around freely such as wolves. They even have lodging and a cafe onsite!!!

Their website does a great job of providing all the information you need to know before planning your visit. They even have an animal guide available with information on all the animals on site.

Photos by @colonial.farms. You can find more images located in 'The Gardeners Portfolio".

Dinosaur Valley State Park + Dinosaur World

This park is beautiful! I highly recommend doing this on a different trip and camping. They have different types of campsites for all types of campers. Ones that you can drive into, or if you to be a little more secluded, you can hike into (more like a short walk).

There are tons of hiking options, you can fish, mountain bike, swim the river, or paddle the river, and fantastic picnic areas with charcoal grills. This is going to be a common camping spot for us!

Right outside the park is a great outdoor museum called Dinosaur World. You get to walk around and see life-size models of the many types of dinosaurs. It's a great experience for kids, however, we really enjoyed ourselves as well!

Be sure to check out the websites for both Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World to get information on entry and ticket prices.

Dinosaur Valley State Park -

Dinosaur World -

Photos by @colonial.farms. You can find more images located in 'The Gardeners Portfolio".

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