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10 Things to Do in Glen Rose, Texas

Nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Glen Rose is a picturesque town that offers a delightful blend of natural wonders and historical charm. Known for its stunning landscapes, fascinating geological formations, and an array of outdoor adventures, Glen Rose is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city life, Glen Rose has something to offer for everyone.

Glen Rose is a small town just southwest of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

If traffic is light, you will arrive here after an hour’s drive from Fort Worth. How far is Glen Rose from Dallas? It’s about 1.5 hours from central Dallas. It makes a fun destination for a day trip from Fort Worth and Dallas.

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10 Things to Do in Glen Rose, Texas

  1. Historic Downtown Glen Rose – Glen Rose has a historic courthouse square area that is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and a museum.
  2. Dinosaur Valley State Park – Transport yourself back in time to the age of dinosaurs at Dinosaur Valley State Park. The 1,587-acre Dinosaur Valley State Park opened in 1972. Its mission is to preserve these valuable dinosaur track sites and to allow people to learn from and enjoy them.
  3. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 entity, specializing in captive breeding programs for indigenous and exotic endangered and threatened species. You can enjoy a self-guided drive through 7.2 miles of Texas hill country and see endangered antelope and possibly feed giraffes.
  4. Dinosaur World – Dinosaur World offers fun for the entire family, but especially for the youngsters that are fascinated by dinosaurs. Visitors have an opportunity to literally walk among the dinosaurs. The museum is complete animatronic dinosaurs, fossil replicas and natural fossils, a dinosaur dig for the kids, and a playground.
  5. Wheeler Branch Park – The park has a boat ramp with floating dock, a beach area that also has its own floating dock island, public restrooms, covered picnic areas, and a large pavilion.
  6. Big Rocks Park – Located on the Paluxy River, Big Rocks Park is full of unusually large rocks. There are plenty of shallow areas for children to climb, explore and play. Families can enjoy swimming and cooling off from the Texas heat or enjoy lunch sitting underneath the trees. There are plenty of areas to walk along the Paluxy. Enjoy taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of Glen Rose. The park is completely free!
  7. Walk Along the Paluxy River – The Paluxy is the shortest and most violent river in Texas. There is a riverwalk along the river that takes you to Downtown Glen Rose and also the Big Rocks Park.
  8. Windmill Farm Driving Tour – Take a driving tour through this 26 acre property and view historic windmills that have been lovingly restored to their original condition. The Windmill Farm is a short seven mile drive to Tolar, just outside Granbury and also has cabins available for rent.

Glen Rose, Texas, is a destination that beckons travelers with its unique blend of history, natural wonders, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re exploring ancient dinosaur tracks, witnessing exotic wildlife up close, or indulging in local culinary delights, Glen Rose promises an enriching and rejuvenating experience.

So, pack your bags, set out on an adventure, and embrace the magic of this charming Texan enclave. Have you been to Glen Rose? What are some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comments below!


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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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