Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

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About 1,100 animals from 50 different species are cared for at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, where animals roam in natural habitats within the 730 hectare (1,800 acre) space. You can drive through the park with your own car along 15 km (9.5 mi) of plains, forested areas, and hills. Reserve a guided tour of the park to see animals such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, wolves, and rhinos up close. Certain tours allow you to feed the animals; others take you to behind-the-scenes areas that are not open to drive-through traffic. The center also offers specialty tours for photographers and mountain bikers. You'll find lodging, camping, and dining at the site. Use our Glen Rose day trip site to add Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and other attractions to your Glen Rose vacation plans.
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  • This place is amazing! We really enjoyed this family trip. Animals roam around freely. They will approached you and you can feed them. It's $25 dollars per person and they will allowed you to buy a $7...  more »
  • A lovely day time attraction for solo, friends and family. Animals roam freely in the wild. Some may approach vehicle. Annual memberships are available starting at 79.00 for one or 189.00 for four wit...  more »
  • Like other reviewers, we went first thing in the morning and took the guided tour. Make sure your cellphone or camera is charged as this is a wonderful photo opportunity! Each person received a cup of...  more »
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  • Where else can giraffes gallop up to your car for a bite to eat. Though this is more than just feeding giraffes, it is a wonderful place to learn about animals and have a front row seat to see all types of wildlife, even those near extinction. And that is the admirable purpose of this wildlife center, the reintroduce endangered species to the wild. We took the tour bus which was well worth the price of admission. Our charismatic guide was there to tell us about the animals, the history of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and the good they do in reintroducing animals to the wild. It's quite amazing to have this place near Dallas. Fossil Rim is one of those places that make you wish Yelp had 6 stars to give out. It is perfect for families (I know we had a blast) and we'll definitely be coming back!
  • How lovely (and a little scary!!) it was to see and feed the animals up closed! Such a wonderful experience.
  • Our family vacation in glen rose included a trip to fossil rim. The kids enjoyed seeing all the animals while sitting in the bed of the truck. Feeding the giraffes was by far the highlight but is not a guaranteed part (sometimes the giraffes are not close to the road). Total round trip is probably about 45 minutes plus however long you choose to spend at the half way point (gift shop and small petting zoo).
  • We came here October 22nd 2017. My dad and grandmother came into town and we thought this would be a fun way to spend time together. The park itself is great. They offer military discounts but they do charge per person. Still pretty pricey. Our experience at the cafe was infuriating. We waited 45 minutes after paying over $50 for sandwiches and drinks (soft drinks were over $4 and bottled water and tiny juice cans were $2). When we asked how much longer our food was going to take we realized they'd never started cooking it. Fine, mistakes happen... except they didn't even apologize and their demeanor was more like "well now we have to cook this food we forgot about". There was a large group ordering as my husband was talking to the cook. He pretty much told us we'd have to wait for him to take care of this large group before we could get any food. He asked him if we'd been forgotten about and the cooks reply was well there aren't any orders, and went back to what he was doing. My husband had to ask him to check. We had to persuade them to look into our missing $50 order. They never hinted even a little bit that they felt bad for messing up. We asked to just be refunded instead bc we live over an hour away and needed to head home as I had a newborn and my 75 yr old grandmother. The girl said she had to charge us for the drinks but would refund or food $$. So.... We wait 45 minutes to never get the food, no apology, no attempt to fix the mistake and you want to charge me over $12 for drinks? I had to argue this with the girl before she refunded every penny. Had there been some kind of apology and attempt to correct their mistake I wouldn't be here leaving this review and I'd have been happy to pay for the drinks. Service was deplorable. We were made to feel as if we were a burden to the staff because they forgot our order. We will skip the cafe next time and if anyone asks about it we won't be leaving out any details.
  • The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a great place to spend the afternoon enjoying the animal kingdom and food with the family. And yes, they have a gift shop too. Admission is a bit pricey at around 20 bucks a person but the buildings and grounds are pretty well kept and there are a good number of animals to feed and enjoy. The staff was reasonably friendly during my limited interactions with them. The rules of the park state that you cannot hand feed anything except for the giraffes, but many people take the safety of their fingers into their own hands. I too flaunted my phalanges in the face of fate and regretted it only once. Those ostriches are no joke, dispute what every cartoon you've ever seen says to the contrary. The rest of the animals where pretty friendly, if not eager to be petted like a giant horned labrador. The rams and giraffes were particularly impressive. All in all a great way to spend three hours.

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