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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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  • My daughter and I came to Texas from California to basically visit all of the animal safari places before she headed off to college. This place is huge and has a lot of the typical animals you see on....  more
    My daughter and I came to Texas from California to basically visit all of the animal safari places before she headed off to college. This place is huge and has a lot of the typical animals you see on....  more »
  • I recently moved to Texas, we were looking for drive-thru safaris, this is a really nice one. The animals look very well taken care of. You can feed the animals, they're very friendly, it's very... 
    I recently moved to Texas, we were looking for drive-thru safaris, this is a really nice one. The animals look very well taken care of. You can feed the animals, they're very friendly, it's very...  more »
  • We took our 4 y/o granddaughter here for the day. We made reservations in advance and scheduled a 10:00 tour due to heat. We chose to ride the trolly so that we’d have a driver with knowledge for... 
    We took our 4 y/o granddaughter here for the day. We made reservations in advance and scheduled a 10:00 tour due to heat. We chose to ride the trolly so that we’d have a driver with knowledge for...  more »
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  • Perfect day trip from Dallas. I took the family here for my brothers birthday. Although it was hot out & a lot of the animals were relaxing in the shade we were still able to interact with a lot of them. I read that the average time spent here is 2 hours but we were there for almost 3 hours. They have a ‘1 bag of animal food per car’ rule but it’s a lot of animal food & if there are multiple people in your vehicle they will give you a few empty bags so the animal food can be shared amongst everyone in the car who wants to feed the animals. There’s a nice little cafe at the mid point with a pretty overlook. Conveniently located near other points of interest like the dinosaur park.
  • This place is great to bring the kids for a visit. There was a variety of animals and you get to feed the 🦒 out of your sunroof (or windows). Recommend going when it is warm but not too hot! I have feeling the animals might sit in the shade more in 100 degree weather but I can't confirm that. We went in spring when everything was green and it was fantastic.
  • This is such an amazing and beautiful place. The three times we have been have equally been different each time. The first two times you got more more food to feed the animals but our most recent trip in May 2022 it was only one bag per vehicle. We were using it so sparingly though that we still wound up have some at the end of the drive. We went through early in the morning all three of our visits and didn’t encounter much traffic any of our visits. You can go at your own pace and stop to “visit” with any animals near/on the road. The only animals you can hand feed now are the giraffes, the rest you have to toss/drop on the ground. This last visit, the staff had put out a lot of food in the roads which for one made it so there were plenty of animals up close to see but for two made it so that they weren’t very interested in the few pellets coming from our passing car. All of the animals are so beautiful and seeing these wild animals up close is so majestic! Our 2022 visit we finally got to see several Zebra up close. We also had a sun roof this time and having the giraffe reach down through the roof was amazing!!!! The mid point there is a Children’s area, gift shop, GREAT bathrooms (so clean) and a cafe. The children’s area is great (there’s a separate Google review spot for it so I will detail that there) you can pet and brush goats! The gift shop is huge and has an amazing array of items and a ton of plushies. We’ve never eaten at the cafe before but I did learn you can access this area of fossil rim separately for FREE through another entrance. Overall it’s a great drive through experience. It is pricey because you pay per person, not per car. With 5 of us, it seemed like a hefty price tag but it’s worth it. It really is. We will definitely be back. I hope to be able to ride on a public tour one day (even more of a cost per person) where you ride in one of their vehicles and get access to a bit more and some behind the scenes areas. Would highly recommend and just think -the cost helps animals in this great habitat. Take pictures with the dinosaurs on your way out if you are/have Dino lovers in your car!
  • Absolutely love Fossil Rim!! Relaxing and as slow paced as you choose to go. This was our first time at the wildlife center. Animals are everywhere across the beautiful property and will come right up to your car. Me and the husband did the self guided tour and had a blast! At the gate entrance they give you food to feed the animals. Well worth the experience and we will be back!
  • One of the best place for a unique family fun.. Be sure to follow the arrows if you take the self guided tour. We took a wrong turn and lost half of the tour and exited. And you can’t go back in. Admin wasn’t very helpful about it. Also,tickets are non refundable, but maybe rescheduled. My parents couldn't make it and their tickets were wasted. My car has a nice long deep scratch from the antlers of a deer. So don’t bring your car if you’re too sensitive. You have to drive very patiently and carefully, lots of cars stop and take turns to feed and enjoy the animals…

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