If you’re looking for a change of scenery and want to get out of the city for a short while, the charming town of Glen Rose makes an ideal getaway for DFW travelers, especially because it’s less than a gas tank away. For a small Texas town, Glen Rose offers up some rather large attractions ranging from safari adventures, museums and outdoor musicals, to some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Travel and Leisure magazine even rated Glen Rose as one of the top 10 best places to getaway for the weekend — and the best part is that it only takes an hour or so to get there from DFW.

Getting There:

Glen Rose is around 75-miles from Dallas following I-35 south until it splits to US-67 south. From Fort Worth, it’s a 53-mile drive out TX-174 south until Cleburne, where you’ll switch to US-67. Visitors driving from DFW to Glen Rose should stop at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, on the west side of US-67 as you pass Cleburne. The museum features tepees, a stagecoach and other buildings dating back to the 1800s.

What To Do:

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Dinosaur Valley State Park
1629 Park Road 59
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-4588

Price: $7 adults/free children younger than 13

There aren’t many places where you can actually walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, but at this picturesque 1,500-acre park on the Paluxy River you can view — as well as walk on the exposed tracks of — the theropod and sauropod dinosaur prints from roughly 113 million years ago. The best of the four viewing spots are at the Blue Hole, a deep sink-hole that’s also great for swimming, and the Main Site across from the park’s northwest parking lot. Find more tracks that aren’t on the map by walking down the river. To get the best view of the tracks, go during the summer when the river is low. 

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Somervell County Courthouse Square
101 N.E. Barnard St.
Glen Rose, TX  76043
(254) 897-3081

Step back in time with a visit to this quaint town square filled with charming shops, restaurants and anchored with a historic Romanesque Revival-style courthouse dating back to1894. While you’re there, take a free tour of the Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum, filled with paintings and other artifacts perfect for town newbies.

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Texas Amphitheatre
5000 Texas Drive  
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(800) 687-2661

Price: $22

Featuring everything from “The Promise,” a spin off of “The Passion of the Christ” with a more jovial Jesus, to an annual rodeo, a trip to the Texan Ampitheatre is not to be missed. The Promise runs every weekend during September and October, and the rodeo typically runs through July and August. Horse lovers won’t want to miss the Jurassic Classic here every year; check the schedule online for more exciting events at this awesome area entity.

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Creation Evidence Museum
3102 Fm 205
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-3200

Price: $5 adults/free children younger than 5

In an attempt to rebuff Darwin’s theory of evolution, a Baptist preacher, Carl Baugh, Ph.D, opened this museum to provide his evidence of dinosaurs and humans living together with a presentation of films, lectures and various fossils and bones. For some it’s entertaining, and for others it’s proof of the gospel truth.  

Related: Guide To Dinosaur World


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Riverhouse Grill
210 S.W. Barnard St.
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 898-8514

Price: $5.95 to $30

Located right off the square in a historic two story mansion, the Riverhouse offers plenty of ambiance and excellent upscale food in a casual setting. There’s a good selection of items on the menu from sandwiches and salads to pasta, fish or steak, plus it offers a great Sunday brunch. Bring the kids — they can entertain themselves playing games and blowing bubbles out in the yard while you sit back with a nice glass of wine.  

Related: Best Day Trips For Families Around Dallas/Fort Worth

With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.