Live within the charming town of Glen Rose, Texas, named by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the "top-ten great weekend getaways in America." The atmosphere may be laid-back, but the activities are anything but! Weekenders can kayak, go on a safari, hunt for dinosaur fossils, mountain-bike (named one of the Top-10 best biking areas in Texas), hike challenging slopes, swim, see endangered black rhinos and Arabian onyx, ride horses, golf, camp, go antique shopping, attend blue-grass festivals, hunt, see a major outdoor dramatic production of the life of Jesus, enjoy world-class entertainment and food, or see a rodeo... all without the congestion and on-the-go lifestyle associated with the big city. Although the town is growing rapidly there is still enough room for ample small-town charm. Glen Rose encourages people to embrace the quiet, the lovely, the natural. If there's anywhere to try something you've been dreaming about, it's in Glen Rose.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an endangered species research and conservation center near Glen Rose, Texas. The facility has over 1,000 animals from 50 species. Guided and self-guided tours of the center are the main attractions. 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. Covering approximately twenty acres, Dinosaur World feature more than 100 life-size dinosaurs along a winding walkway. All of the dinosaur displays tell visitors the name of the dinosaur and gives details about the dinosaur such as type, when they existed, and where they roamed. The Promise, based on Scripture, brings a modern touch to the most amazing story ever told. Audiences experience a smiling, approachable Jesus who reaches out to people and changes lives. With its sweeping musical score, live animals, and a cast and crew of more than 150 dedicated Christian artists, The Promise is truly the experience of a lifetime. Just up the street is Bernard's Mill & Art Museum, a complex of stone buildings that includes the three-story structure built by Charles Barnard in 1860.
Recreation & Parks
This area has one of the most pronounced changes of seasons in the state, some even say this is the closest thing to the New England area you'll find in Texas. Plus, the changes in topography offer a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and valleys. This part of Texas is home to the mighty Brazos River, where many hours can be spent enjoying the crystal-clear waters with family and friends to ski, fish, tube, and more! Additional water recreation can be explored at Wheeler Brand Reservoir offering some of the best fishing ever, and at Big Rocks Park on the Paluxy River. Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world! The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed. There are two fiberglass models, a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, built for New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Other activities offered include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian use, swimming, fishing and wildlife observation. You may also want to take a walk or run along the Paluxy Riverwalk. The Riverwalk runs beside the south side of the Paluxy River connecting Big Rocks Park to Heritage Park. Golf enthusiasts have their pick of courses nearby, with Squaw Valley Golf Course only 5 miles away and The Retreat Golf Course just 10 miles down the road. Grab your clubs and try your swing at either of these well-maintained, exciting courses. After spending some relaxing time on the greens, unwind at the clubhouse with a good meal.
Dining | Shopping | Events
Any visit to Glen Rose should start at the native-limestone courthouse or at the square, home to several antique shops. Professional bluegrass musicians perform at Oakdale Park throughout the year, but impromptu jam sessions can pop up just about anywhere. The Historic Farmers Market is a designated area of the Historic Glen Rose Downtown Square that features handmade and homegrown items sold year-round. If you want a meal out there are many wonderful eateries in Glen Rose. Whether you are looking for BBQ, a home cooked meal, bakery snacks, fast food or fine dining, Glen Rose has a diverse selection for any appetite. Shopping around Glen Rose includes locally owned boutiques, book stores, thrift shops, antiques and more! If you're looking for great events to attend don't miss the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, Glen Rose Wine & Art Festival or the Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival.
Nestled between the Upper Hill Country and North Texas is a hidden jewel called Granbury. As soon as you make the turn into the historic Downtown Granbury Square and see the grand Hood County Courthouse and its well-preserved and maintained 19th Century storefronts, it's easy to see why Granbury's motto is "Where Texas History Lives." With its 40-plus historic sites, including the iconic downtown, which was the first town square in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Granbury's pride for its past is on full display. You can even watch history come alive, courtesy of the Historic Granbury Gunslingers, a group of volunteer living history educators and entertainers who reenact scenes from the Old West in full costume right on the streets of the square. From festivals and events, to entertainment and attractions, to gift shopping and dining, Granbury is an ideal relaxing place to spend a weekend or a lifetime!
Where Texas History Lives
Founded in 1860 the town was named for Brigadier General Hiram B. Granbury (also spelled Granberry), commanding officer of Granbury's Texas Brigade in the Confederate States Army. Over the years, the town has been home to colorful characters, past and present, real and rumored. As a frontier town, Granbury counted among its residents Elizabeth Patton Crockett, widow of David Crockett who perished in the Battle of the Alamo. She moved to the area with her son Robert to take advantage of land grants provided to the heirs of those who fought for Texas. Descendants of the Crockets still live in the area to this day.
Lake Granbury is a North Texas reservoir in Hood County near Granbury, Texas. It was created in 1969 and is one of three lakes damming the Brazos River. Lake Granbury is contained by the De Cordova Bend Dam and is a long, narrow lake, encompassed by 103 miles of shoreline. Fish populations in Lake Granbury includes, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish White Crappie, Sunfish and Long-nose Gar. The lake is annually stocked with bass in past years catfish. Along with fishing, other recreational uses include boating, wakeboarding and water skiing.
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The area around Vista Ridge Ranch offers a diverse set of activities and events that are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. For a big city adventure or night out, the major cities of Fort Worth and Dallas are both an easy drive from Vista Ridge Ranch.