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Glen Rose, Texas: A Fun Vacation Spot for the Family

Over the holiday weekend E. and I went on vacation.  He loves dinosaurs and a friend told me about this place that was full of dinosaurs.  It was in the tiny town of Glen Rose, Texas.  We only went for the day but it would be perfect for a family vacation.  You may ask yourself why would anyone want to vacation in a tiny town.  Well if that tiny town is full of wonderful things, why not? Keep reading to find out all about Glen Rose, Texas.

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World is just what is says a world full of dinosaurs.  It is a park filled with life sized replicas from just about every species of dinosaur and then some. You follow a path and as you do you encounter some pretty cute and scary beasts.  From the friendly plant eaters to the scary meat eaters, you will be amazed at what you learn about these beasts.

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In the middle of the park they have a giant Koi pond filled with giant Koi that you can feed.  Just a suggestion, I would only buy one bag of fish food ($1) because I think these fish are so fat because they get fed all the time. Plus, you see a lot of uneaten food floating on the top of the water.  The pond looks like it could use some more water, and good rain shower would fix that.

At the end of the tour, the kids can go into a place and dig for dinosaur bones. It’s a big giant sandbox filled with shovels and brushes in which the kids and dig and brush of giant bones.

The Fossil Dig happens only a few times per day at Dinosaur World, and kids under 12 can be involved in the dig for free.  They get to dig and sift through dirt and sand like a real paleontologist and keep up to 3 of the fossils they find.

Also, the kids can enjoy the playground with swings, slides and fun.

Then take a walk through their museum on site to learn about the dinosaurs and fossils and try to figure out how the dinosaurs became extinct.

Dinosaur World was a great place to visit, the only thing is, it is outdoors, so make sure you take sunscreen, water, and/or a hat.  We were all dripping with sweat by the time we finished walking through the park.

Be prepared to walk through their enormous gift shop, you have to purchase your tickets inside and you have to walk right through it when you leave.  E. picked out a dinosaur hunter toy and I’ll admit it was cheaply made but he loves playing with it nonetheless.

Admission Prices:

$12.75 plus tax for adults
$9.75 plus tax for children ages 3 to 12
$10.75 plus tax for seniors over 60

Pets are allowed on leashes


Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

We didn’t not go into Fossil Rim on this trip mainly because for four of us it would have cost almost $100.  Now if you take this trip and plan for it, then you will definitely want to make sure you visit this awesome place of nature and wildlife.

It is a 9 1/2 mile drive, yes you get to take the tour in your own vehicle and have the opportunity to see over 1,000 species of wildlife.

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When you enter the park you can purchase feed so you can feed the animals along the way.  If you don’t want to do the driving you can schedule a guided tour for you and your family.

Keep in mind that this is a non-profit park so that is why I’m guessing the pricing is so high.

Admission Prices:

                                        Weekday 		Weekend
  	Adults			 	$20.95 per person 	$23.95 per person
  	Seniors (62+)		 	$17.95 per person 	$20.95 per person
  	Children (3 - 11)	 	$14.95 per person 	$17.95 per person
  	2 and Under		 	FREE 			FREE

Dinosaur Valley State Park

This Texas State Park is the home to some awesome preserved dinosaur tracks.  They are located in the river bed.

Admission Prices:

Adults $7

Kids Under 12 in Free


Loco Coyote Grill

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What the Coyote Bluff is for us in Amarillo, the Loco Coyote Grill is it for Glen Rose.  Hidden on the back roads of the city, it is an adventure to get there and once you find it, a gem.

Be prepared to wait.  It is a popular place and it is not uncommon to be there for over 2 hours.

Food portions are huge!


Plus Granbury, Texas is just 15-20 minutes up the road and has Lake Granbury plus the awesome Brazos Drive-In.  Plus it was $20 for the car load and that was two movies!

 

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