August 24, 2015

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ~ Glen Rose, Texas


I had the opportunity to visit Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas for the first time.  Fossil Rim is a sanctuary for endangered species whose goal it is to promote the preservation and procreation for threatened/endangered species, environmental awareness, and a recreational and educational experience for everyone.

The day we were there, we saw vehicles filled with children and cars filled with photographers, like us, with heads and arms stuck out of various windows.  There was a sun roof in our vehicle so you would have seen nothing but legs in our vehicle with our upper torsos sticking above the vehicle.  I snapped this pic of someone else doing the same thing we were.  You are not allowed to get out of your vehicles so this is about the only way to get a clear shot of the animals.




When you go into the visitor center to pay your admission, you will receive an identification guide for the animals, which tells you if they are endangered – along with some interesting facts about each species. 
















Driving Directions

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is located 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, near Glen Rose. Our phone number is 254.897.2960 and the GPS address is:
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, Texas, 76043


Phone254.897.2960
Website:  http://www.fossilrim.org/index.php


Seasonal Dates and Hours of Operation
Please be aware that last car admitted times are STRICTLY ENFORCED. Please allow for ample traveling time.
Spring/Summer Hours: 
March 08 – September 30
Café: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Nature Store: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Weekdays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Park Closes: 7:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 5:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 7:30pm.
Hours of Operation: 8:30am – 5:29pm

Fall Hours

October 1 – October 31
Café: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Nature Store: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Weekdays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Park Closes: 6:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 4:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 6:30pm.
Hours of Operation: 8:30am – 4:29pm

Winter Hours

November 1 – March 05
Café: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Nature Store: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Weekdays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Park Closes: 5:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 3:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 5:30pm.
Hours of Operation: 8:30am – 3:29pm

Scenic Drive Prices

Admission prices for the Scenic Drive, where you drive your vehicle through our park; reservations are not required.

Weekday

Adults:
$20.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$14.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person

Weekend

Adults:
$24.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$18.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person

Holiday

Adults:
$24.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$18.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person


THINGS TO KNOW


  • ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED!  You can not even leave them in your vehicle in the parking lot but there are veterinarians in the Glen Rose area that offer boarding services, You can call the parks office number for more information.
  • There are no restrooms until you are halfway through the 9½ mile Scenic Drive so plan accordingly.  At this high point, there is an  Overlook area. Here you will find a Nature Store, Café, Children’s Animal Center and hiking trails. Spend some time here to stretch your legs and be sure to take in the stunning view from the Café deck or stop a minute for lunch. Pick up a few souvenirs at our Nature Store.  Picnic tables located near the Children’s Animal Center are available for a family picnic if you’ve brought your meal, or our Overlook Café has a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks.




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