Once a destination for sanitariums to take in the rejuvenating waters, Glen Rose, is now a place for revitalization from the busy cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Glen Rose is deemed the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, known for the hundreds of tracks left millions of years ago that are still visible today. Glen Rose has much more to offer than just dinosaur tracks. The picturesque little town is a prime weekend getaway destination for those in Dallas or Fort Worth because it sits among rolling hills, the Paluxy River and the Brazos River. Below are our 10 favorite things to do in Glen Rose, TX.
10 Things to Do in Glen Rose, TX
- Embark on a Safari – Drive over to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where kids and adults alike will enjoy taking a drive through the 1,700 acres to see zebras, rhinoceroses, giraffes, and thousands of other animals. Fossil Rim offers drive-thru tours where you can feed the animals from your car, as well as behind the scenes tours, and unique overnight stays.
- Search for Dinosaurs – Located just across from the turn into the downtown area Dinosaur Valley State Park, this park covers 1,500 acres. Follow the park on Facebook to get the latest updates on seeing tracks and if swimming is permitted. Summer can be sweltering in this area, so make sure to be prepared if you plan on going to the park during the summer.
- Walk the Historic Downtown Area – The Glen Rose downtown square offers shops, restaurants, a museum as well as the historic courthouse built in 1893.
- Tube or Canoe Down the Brazos – Head a few miles northeast of Glen Rose and you will find canoe and tube outfitters (Rhodes Rentals).
- Look at Big Rocks and Picnic – Big Rocks Park has a vast collection of unusually large rocks that give the park its name. Located on the north shore of the Pluxy River the park is a great place to swim and picnic.
- Enjoy some Art and History – Head over to Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum built as a water-powered gristmill in 1860, and this historic landmark is both a museum and an art gallery with Asian and Native American artifacts. The White Buffalo Gallery holds works by Robert Summers as well as other artists who specialize in Western art.
- Enjoy Texas Skies at Night – With so many outdoor activities, why not enjoy the Texas skies by camping. Oakdale Park has large shady trees and plenty of grass that covers almost 20 acres and there is plenty of room for tent campers.
- Mountain Bike – Glen Rose has a great place to ride of you are a die-hard mountain biker. Head to Solavaca Ranch where you will get rocky descents, man-made obstacles, and steep climbs. No rentals available, so make sure to bring your own wheels.
- Work on Your Swing – Squaw Valley Golf Club, the Championship Golf course is consistently rated as one of the top courses in the state, including a 4 ½ star rating from Golf Digest Magazine.
- Fill Your Belly – There are many great restaurants to choose from in Glen Rose like Ranch House Bar-B-Que, recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the “Best Bar-B-Que” restaurants in Texas. Check out the River House Grill in downtown. River House Grill is one of my favorite spots because of the ambiance, local charm, as well as dang good food. Make sure to visit Pie Peddlers in downtown to pick up some desserts – voted among the best in Texas.
For the Kids
Dinosaur World Texas – At Dinosaur World, the kids can step back into a time and dig for fossils, tour a museum full of prehistoric fossils, and wander among animatronic versions of a Tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor, stegosaurus, triceratops, and more.
- Lodge at Fossil Rim
- Rough Creek Lodge
- Inn on the River
- Country Woods Inn
- The Hideaway Ranch & Retreat
When to go
To enjoy all that Glen Rose has to offer it’s best to visit during the fall or spring months when the North Texas weather is a little more consistent and not hot.