Fossil Rim is one of my favorite places to visit in Texas. There isn’t another place like it that relaxes us while providing so much fun and education for each of us. The best part is that it’s only an hour away. What is this place? It’s a drive through safari that you can enjoy with little to zero guilt. They are a non-profit organization that specializes in “captive breeding programs for indigenous and exotic endangered and threatened species of animals”. It’s over 1,700 acres with around 9 miles of road to drive around. Nothing feels trapped and caged and they are truly enjoying a life they couldn’t have outside of this ranch.
It’s the perfect get away from the city. This was our 4th trip, and it was just as amazing as the first. I hope that as Henry gets older we can do some volunteer time down there. This isn’t a place I only want to enjoy from my car. I’d really like to participate and help their mission continue.
I took a lot of photos while we were there with my new camera (that I love!). I miss not having a wide-angle lens, but the zoom and 50mm did great. I have a few tips and links to visit if you decide you want to check this great place out. Be sure not to miss them.
Fossil Rim Visit Tips
- We find that the morning is the best time to go. The drive is quieter down to Glen Rose, the temperatures are down, and the ranch is less populated. We aim to get through the gates no later than 10 or 11AM each time we go. They open at 8:30am
- Pack some snacks. We pack a bit of food so we don’t have “I’m hungry” arguments while getting through. It takes a couple of hours to go through, so snacks, especially drinks are good to have on hand. Yes, you can pack a picnic is eat at the half way mark too!
- Speaking of food, their cafe is actually pretty great! Philly cheese steak sandwich is my favorite. Mandy loves the burgers. Henry loves the french fries.
- Potties! Parents of little boys, a mason jar maybe your best friend if you are in the middle of potty training. There is a bathroom at the entrance and a bathroom at the cafe (a little over the half way point). It can take a while to get to the cafe if the animals are all feeding so everyone should hit the bathrooms before you start your ride. Who wants to kick a giraffe our of their car just because they need to pee?
- You can do the Petting Zoo/Cafe after you do the full drive. If we see that there is a lot of traffic starting to build up in the distance behind us, we’ll skip the petting zoo and cafe until after we’ve done the whole safari. You can take a right out of the ranch and about a mile down there is an access point to park outside of the paid road to visit this section. Great if you enter the park early and find you aren’t hungry for lunch yet.
- Consider becoming a member. You get to come back a bunch, save some money, and are allowed to purchase two bags of feed instead of only one.
I hope you give them a try. I’m not being asked to write any of this, I just really love the place. Feel free to tell them I sent you.