In Glen Rose, Walk In The Footsteps Of Dinosaurs

The North Texas town offers nature to explore, and a laid-back downtown experience.

By Marika Flatt & Jessica SernaJanuary 10, 2019 10:00 am,

Glen Rose is a tiny town right outside Fort Worth. And it has all of the usual ingredients – plus a few surprises – for a weekend getaway.

If you’ve ever wanted to go on an African Safari, you can get the experience without the jet lag in Glen Rose. Fossil Rim is a nonprofit 1,800 acre park that is home to over 1,100 animals. It houses one of the top cheetah-breeding programs in the world. You can bring your own car or ride in one of the buses. During the ride you will get to feed zebras and emus and you might even have a giraffe pop inside your bus to say hello!

At Dinosaur Valley State Park, you can see the where dinosaurs roamed, and walk in their footsteps. Roped-off sections easily mark the dinosaur tracks or you can walk through the park and see if you can spot some on your own.

People used to come from all over the country to visit Inn on the River because of the natural healing springs on the property. While those springs are no longer there, Inn on the River remains a restorative place of relaxation. Enjoy breakfast made fresh daily and watch the river flow by.

Glen Rose is also home to Storiebook Café. It’s appropriately named because it’s covered from floor to ceiling in books. There’s also a dress-up section for kids. Enjoy the eclectic décor while chowing down on a delicious Reuben sandwich. Finish it off with a fresh cobbler or pie.

In downtown Glen Rose you can sip on a decadent milkshake at an old-school soda fountain, browse through vintage goods, or shop for your next trendy outfit. Experience true Southern charm in the quaint downtown Glen Rose district while picking up gifts for family – or yourself.

And Loco Coyote is a great spot for live music on weekends and some crazy-delicious food. If you want to try something truly unique you have to order the Jack Daniels barbecue burger.

You can learn more about these and other Texas destinations in the travel issue of Texas Lifestyle magazine.