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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

(4.3/5 based on 800+ 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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  • Excellent wildlife viewing. Plan on spending up to 4 hours. The animals are healthy and relaxed. The tour vehicles (for purchase) are comfortable and well maintained.  more »
  • This was our second visit and I am so glad we decided to give it another try! Our first experience was during Spring Break and it was extremely crowded. The kids and I were slightly disappointed becau...  more »
  • Pay the extra money and do guided tour. It was incredible! We avoided waiting in car lines, got to enjoy the open air truck, and had guide tell us about the animals.  more »
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  • One of my favorite places on the planet. I've been going there since I was a kid and I'm now taking my own kids. It is one of those magical places where you see things (animals) that you'll never see anywhere else or experience like anywhere else. Feeding zebras and red stags by hand from your car window and seeing the kids' reactions is awesome. In fairness, the food at the lookout is terrible so pack a lunch, but they continue to invest in the facilities which is great so maybe that is a change they will make eventually.
  • This place is a great Escape, only an hour or so from metroplex. Great on a nice day with the top down. Feed wildlife right from your own car.
  • Awesome, lots of animals and they sold food you can use to feed the animals from your car. This caused awesome chaos in our car when an elk decided he wanted more and stuck his while head in the car. The kids loved it.
  • 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.
  • 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.