A friend of mine is going to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center at the end of this month and she asked me for a review as well as suggestions on restaurants. I thought this might be valuable information to anyone else that is considering taking a trip to Fossil Rim.
I was an intern at Fossil Rim in 2009 and you can learn a lot about a place when you live there for three months.
Fossil Rim is in Glen Rose, Texas which is a little small town, but you can stay on property at Fossil Rim! They have a few different options including tents that are right by the watering hole (Lion King, anyone?) as well as The Lodge which is all sorts of cool. As an intern, I used to sign-up to stay overnight at the lodge when they had overnight guests. That extra 30 dollars in my paycheck was a lifesaver!
Anyway, you can also just drive up for the day and drive through the park. Fossil Rim is unique because the humans are the ones in the cage while the animals are free. Imagine going on an African safari. That is what Fossil Rim is like (although you must remain in your vehicle). Please do not be the people that got out and set out a picnic blanket so that they could have a picnic near the giraffes and wildebeasts. (A giraffe kick can knock the head off of a lion, what do you think they could do to you?) Also, don't be the people that feed McDonald's chicken nuggets and french fries to the animals. Surprise, the animals won't even eat it! They are so well fed here on GOOD food that when people offer them crazy things they often won't even take it. The keepers find whole McDonald's meals on the ground at the end of the day.
Besides, you are fully allowed to feed the animals as long as you buy feed from the giftshop before you start. The feed is only a few dollars, as is the admission to get in. Once you are in, you can stay as long as you like.
He looks thrilled to be my friend. Don't you think?
In the middle of the drive you will come to a place called The Overlook. Make sure you stop and get out here. There is a restaurant, gift shop, a SPECTACULAR view (see below) as well as the Children's Animal Center (CAC)! The CAC is where I worked. Please go say hello to my animals for me. :)
If you are staying overnight and you need a place to go get dinner, check out the restaurants below. Also, most of these places don't have websites, small town and all, so just type them into google and give them a call to make sure they will be open.
I have several places to recommend. The restaurant where we always went as interns is called Loco Coyote. They have amazingly huge hamburgers (seriously, as big as your head) and they are fantastic. The margaritas were really good too. It's very country but lots of fun.
1795 County Road 1004
Glen Rose, Texas
If you want something a little more upscale there is a restaurant in an old historic house that is really neat. I went here with my Mom and brother when they came to visit. Picture below. It is called Riverhouse Grill.
210 SW Barnard St.
Glen Rose, Tx 76043
I also highly recommend Pie Peddlers for dessert. This pie shop is run by local teachers and has been named the "best pie" by all sorts of magazines and ratings.
102 Walnut St.
Glen Rose, Texas
I searched around and couldn't find operating times for any of these. If you find that they are all closed on a Monday night, I recommend driving to the slightly bigger city of Granbury
and heading to the square. There are tons of restaurants there that will be open and I know there is a fun wine bar
there as well.
Share pictures with me if you go! Also, invite me if you go!