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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Glen Rose

Where is it at?

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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose
TX
76043
Tel: 254-897-2960

Directions

They are located 55 miles SW of Forth Worth, and 75 miles SW of Dallas, near Glen Rose

Where are we going today?

Who knew that the small Texas town of Glen Rose could be where you can imagine yourself out on the plains of Africa, spotting wildlife on your exciting safari?

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is 1,800 incredible acres where over 1,000 animals live peacefully in near-natural environments. That means no cages or exhibits - here, you get to experience a self drive-through wildlife park where the animals just roam free all day long!

Whether you decide to book a guided tour, or use your own car, you can make your way through the beautiful nature and try and spot all of those incredible animals that will be all around you!

If you're lucky, they might even come up to the car and say hi!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is like the whole animal world has come to Texas. Maybe you will spot those cheetahs zooming across the plains, or that sneaky red wolf playing in the trees. It wouldn't be a Texas safari without those icons of the USA. Be in awe as those herds of American bison roam the lands in front of you, just as those cheeky roadrunners might catch your eye!

Then of course, those beautiful creatures of Africa will really give kids an experience they might never forget. Spotting those incredible bongos, giraffes and Oryx will be an exciting moment for those curious kids in itself, but when they have encounters with creatures such as the white rhino, it's an invaluable way for them to learn about conservation and endangered species - something Fossil Rim Wildlife Center really feels strongly about.

Let's not forget about the Children's Animal Center, where kids can actually have interactive hands-on fun with cute domestic animals too!

So why not get those safari caps on, and let's go on safari - Texas style!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21.95 weekdays / $25.95 weekends & hols
  • Children$15.95 weekdays / $19.95 weekends & hols (Ages 3-11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

8:30am open. Close 3:29pm winter, 4:29pm fall, 5:29pm spring/summer

Open year round, but closed Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

Book at least 3 days in advance, and they can offer great educational programs for kids. They also offer homeschool programs, fun days, and teacher workshops too!.

I'm Hungry!

Relax and enjoy the breath-taking view from the surrounding deck of the Overlook Cafe while enjoying their tasty sandwiches, burgers, and cheese steak sandwiches - to name a few! .

Healthy Eating!

There is a picnic area if you want to take your own lunch to enjoy! Take plenty of bottled water too. They also sell salads in the cafe too.

Any Top Tips?

If you save your receipt, and head back the next day before 10am, you can get in for free!.

Doing our bit

They are all about conservation, and play a huge role in preservation and looking after those endangered species. Some of the animals in the park have been rescued. .

Need a little extra help?

The park is self drive so as long as you are okay in your own car, you will be fine!.

Can I get one of those?

Fossil Rim's Nature Store offers a unique shopping experience, so bring that pocket money!. The store is located at the Overlook (halfway through the 9.5 mile Scenic Wildlife Drive) and is a great place for those gifts and souvenirs!.

More information

The last admission is on the times listed (3:29pm - 5:29pm seasonally), but the visitors have until 2 hours later to actually leave the park.

What people are saying?

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    My family goes to fossil rim 3-5 times a year . Plus we are season dallas zoo members . Dallas zoo members get half off your fossill rim admission. But when getting there this last weekend . I was purchasing tickets and tried to use my dallas zoo membership for a discount the manager said your dallas zoo card was for last year .. which I told her I'm a member so next time I come can I show her I'm a current member and get my discount which I deserve . She replies noooo , I could only use at time of purchase . Which makes no sense .. since I drive...Read More

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    This is the perfect day trip from Dallas. Leave in the morning, tour the park, and be home by evening. Fossil Rim really lets you feel like you are escaping the city, because you are. Huge areas with wandering wildlife and HILLS! Yep, right here in the flatlands of north Texas. Kids will love the giraffes (take a car with a sunroof if you have one). They are very gentle with soft mouths. The animals are well behaved, but the ostriches might snatch an entire bag of food out of your hand if you let them. We plan on spending the night there...Read More

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    Great experience! A friend we went with says he's been on a few other safaris one even in Africa, he says the landscape is near identical. Also the animals were not overfed like some places therefore the animals readily approach your vehicles. They are also very reasonable priced from the food to the souvenir shop.

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    AWesome!! We stayed over in Glen Rose and went to Fossil Rim right when it opened. It was amazing to say the least. The kids were able to get right up close to the animals which you never get to at a Zoo. The animals had plenty of room to roams and looked happy and healthy. We will be coming again soon!

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    Way over priced. Never saw animals. The line took forever. It was stupid. It was basically a parking lot. I saw a tree. Woop... Don't waste your money.!

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by Clint Scroggins

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My family goes to fossil rim 3-5 times a year . Plus we are season dallas zoo members . Dallas zoo members get half off your fossill rim admission. But when getting there this last weekend . I was purchasing tickets and tried to use my dallas zoo membership for a discount the manager said your dallas zoo card was for last year .. which I told her I'm a member so next time I come can I show her I'm a current member and get my discount which I deserve . She replies noooo , I could only use at time of purchase . Which makes no sense .. since I drive 2 hours to come and bring 5 cars full of people each time ..
Another thing that irritated me is when you stop at the half way point for refreshments the people working the counter always ask if you want to donate the rest of your change to their wildlife business .. which I think is wrong on account of all the money they make per person., their giant souvenir shop and expensive cafe .. you shouldn't ask for donations when your admission. Is already high .. and also when it's a holiday or hot afternoon don't go , it gets too crowded and animals get over fed so you'll get to feed very few animals ..not my experiences have been good but beware of the big ugly rude manager and sometimes crowded park and over fed animals ..

by Tom Grisak

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This is the perfect day trip from Dallas. Leave in the morning, tour the park, and be home by evening. Fossil Rim really lets you feel like you are escaping the city, because you are. Huge areas with wandering wildlife and HILLS! Yep, right here in the flatlands of north Texas. Kids will love the giraffes (take a car with a sunroof if you have one). They are very gentle with soft mouths. The animals are well behaved, but the ostriches might snatch an entire bag of food out of your hand if you let them. We plan on spending the night there sometime this year. We've heard it's a wonderful experience. If you're a nature lover, Fossil Rim is a must see.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 56° F / 13° C
Humidity: 82 %
Wind: N - 9 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 52° F / 11° C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: NNW - 5 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 59° F / 15° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: N - 8 MPH

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