One last blast at Dino Valley

Looking for that last-minute getaway before school starts? 

Try Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, not far from Fort Worth.

It’s hard to visit Dinosaur Valley and not feel like a kid again. Two gigantic dinosaurs — constructed from fiberglass for the 1964-65 World’s Fair — stand not far from the park store, where visitors can buy dinosaur stuff (books, caps, toys and more) plus drinks and snacks.

Two giant fiberglass dinosaurs

Once you’ve settled in, check out dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River bed, where long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks. What kid wouldn’t want to roam around where dinosaurs once lived?

Extended stays allow more time to explore the 1,596-acre park, which offers 20 miles of trails, day-use horseback riding areas, geocaching and camping facilities. Visitors can also swim and fish in the river. 

FYI: Scratch Pleurocoelusas Texas’ official state dinosaur. Meet Paluxysaurus jonesi,the sauropod that once tromped through Dinosaur Valley State Park. The name-change stems from a master’s-level study published by Peter Rose in 2007.

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