When you’re ready to tackle an adventure beyond your own backyard, consider an African safari, Texas style. Enjoy the sights of the Serengeti from the comfort of your car when you motor through these Texas drive-thru safaris.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Opened to public tours in 1984, Fossil Rim is located in Glen Rose, about four and a half hours from Houston. The 1,800-acre ranch is an endangered species research and conservation center and home to some 1,000 animals from almost 50 different species.
The wildlife center’s most popular attractions are its self-guided and guided tours, of which there are over ten, which include a mix of family-friendly and speciality tours.
If you opt to go it alone in your own car on a self-guided tour, expect the journey to take about two hours round trip. The paved route has two lanes and you can pull over on the right side whenever you’d like to stop and ogle at the animals. Roughly halfway through the drive, you can stretch your legs, take a bathroom break and grab some food at the Overlook Cafe.
Fossil Rim is open every day, rain or shine. The park opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes to new visitors at 4:30 p.m.
2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose; fossilrim.org