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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Ranches, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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. Arrange your visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and discover more family-friendly attractions in Glen Rose using our Glen Rose travel itinerary planner.
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  • Lots of animals. Get there in the early part of the day because the animals are active.. They open at 8:30 and it takes about 2 hours to drive through. Less cars there also. We went in October so the ...  read more »
  • I visit every time I'm in Glen Rose and love it every time. It's an experience unlike most anything. I still talk about the time a giraffe poked its head into my car through the sun roof and that was ...  read more »
  • This is my second time visiting fossil rim. After not getting on a tour, we decided to do the self guided drive through tour. They make it seem like they have a lot of animals, but they really don't. ...  read more »
  • Such a great time! We spent four hours here and as we were leaving my boys asked when we could come back. We fed all sorts of animals and most of them will stick their head right in your car window if you let them. The children's area and petting zoo is big fun and all the goats are really friendly. We're already making plans to go back and this time we'll stay at the lodge on site so we can spend even more time with the animals. It's so close to Dallas and so much fun that Fossil Rim probably just made our annual trip list.
  • We have went for about 13 years & it just keeps getting better. I would suggest you not go during spring break or on the weekends if at all possible just because there are so many people out to enjoy the park. You can always go around the cars, even if they are in the middle of the road feeding the animals there is still room, it is a one way road. You also can call the office & they will send someone out if you have someone monopolizing the animals. They try to make it a pleasant experience for everyone. You can pack a lunch & there is a picnic area in the middle or you can buy lunch there. The view is AMAZING from the cafe. We always go through the park & then go to the Dinosaur tracks or to Rock Park in downtown Glen Rose for the kids to get in the water. Great weekend trip or even day trip.
  • 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 by hand, but many people take the safety of the 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.
  • Our 7 year old loved, loved, loved this trip. The animals are almost in the wild, except the predators and rhinos. Next time, I'm getting a guided tour.
  • We had one good and one bad experience here. The concept and animals are great, IF you get to see them. Forget about seeing anything on busy days. The staff make zero effort to keep traffic moving, so during busy times you spend hours on end looking at empty fields in a big traffic jam, with a car full of young kids, uugh! Yet, once time to close comes along, the staff does get really busy moving people along to the exit. They even close the bathrooms! So, I had to find a bush for my 5 yr old! By then, you have missed most of the animals. They seem to be suffering from their own popularity. Your best bet is timing it when few people are going to be there, rainy, cold days are the best bet. It is a shame, as when traffic moves, it is a wonderful experience for everyone. I don't think we will ever go back as it was so dreadful the last time we were there. The staff can be pretty annoying when they want to, so why not use it to move people along or at least force them to pull over and let everyone experience the park?
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