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Click the Brick
09/27/2014, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Photography Tour
09/27/2014, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Animal Keeper Tour and Dinner
10/04/2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1 Day Photo Workshop
10/07/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Africa’s Shrinking Habitats
10/10/2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Discovery After Dark
10/11/2014, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Photography Tour
10/18/2014, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sweetheart Safari Dinner and Tour
10/20/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Africa’s Growing Deserts
10/25/2014, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Photography Tour
11/04/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cheetah or Cheated?
11/08/2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fossil Dig & Hike
11/08/2014 -- 11/09/2014, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2 Day Photo Workshop
11/17/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cheetah or Cheated?
12/02/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wolves: Friend or Foe?
12/06/2014, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour
12/15/2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wolves: Friend or Foe?
 

Thank you for planning a visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We appreciate your visit and want you to have a great experience. The majority of our guests come to drive through our phenomenal animal breeding facility. To do that you may just show up at the front gate, pay your admission, observe our animals, our scenery and enjoy your day. Along with your pass to enter the park you will receive an identification guide for the animals that tells you if they are endangered and some interesting facts about each species.

 
 

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Guided Tours

Want to treat the family to a day at Fossil Rim and you enjoy it too? Like the old commercial says, leave the driving to us. Fossil Rim has two family oriented Guided Tours; Family and Behind the Scenes to choose from. If your our guest staying at Foothills Safari camp or The Lodge, you can take the Morning Safari tour which goes into our Intensive Management Area.

Want something a little more? Then maybe our Adventure, Photo, Feeding or Private tours are what you're looking for. We also have Youth/Senior group tours available. Even if you bring your own "Bus Load", we can help with our Step-On tour.

Click here to learn more.

Scenic Drive

Your journey begins at the Admissions Center where you can purchase feed for the animals and snacks for yourself. We offer a variety of candies, crackers, trail mix and drinks for your ride. We have disposable cameras, film, batteries and a small variety of souvenirs. You’ll also receive an animal ID brochure which will help you identify the animals you will see along the tour route. You can also purchase The Animal Guide book or CD, both were created right here by Fossil Rim’s Education Department. Approximately three hours (and nine and a half miles later), you have experienced many species of animals roaming the hillsides and grazing in the valleys; you've fed them, photographed them and given you and your family memories of a lifetime.

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The Overlook

Halfway through the 9.5 mile Scenic Drive you will come to our Overlook area. Here you will find our Nature Store, Café, Children’s Animal Center and hiking trails. Spend some time here to stretch your legs and be sure to take in the stunning view from the Café deck. Stop a minute after lunch and say “Hello” to our Blue and Gold Macaws just outside the Café entrance.

Picnic tables located near the Children's Animal Center are available for a family picnic if you've brought your meal, or our Overlook Café has a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

The Nature Store

Just like the price you paid at admissions, your purchases in our Nature Store will help with the care and feeding of all the animals at Fossil Rim throughout the entire year. You will find a majority of our merchandise online by clicking on eStore in the menu bar at the top of the page. The Nature Store is filled with books & educational materials, fascinating gifts, fine art and unusual handcrafts, many of which represent the work of Texas artisans.

Click here to learn more.

Overlook Café

The Overlook Cafe is perfect for a light snack or a hearty lunch indoors or out, with a heart-stopping view of the valley below where giraffe, zebra, red deer and countless exotic animals graze and gather at a stream. Picnic tables under the trees are also available.

Menu and prices

Fossil Rim Burger$8.45
    1/2lb. all beef burger, served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion.
Fossil Rim Burger with cheese$8.95
    1/2lb. all beef burger, served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion.
Fossil Rim Jr. Burger$6.45
    1/3lb. all beef burger, served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion.
Fossil Rim Jr. Burger with cheese$6.95
    1/3lb. all beef burger, served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion.
Chicken & Swiss$7.95
    Baked chicken breast, swiss cheese, served on a Kaiser roll. Lettuce tomato ,pickle & onion.
Garden Burger$7.95
    Fried veggie burger, served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.
Philly Cheese Steak$8.45
    Thin sliced beef, grilled peppers, onions and mozzerella cheese served on a sourdough
    hoagie.
Turkey & Cheddar$7.95
    Thin sliced turkey, cheddar cheese served on a corn dusted Kaiser roll. Lettuce, tomato,
    onion.

All above sandwiches served with French fries.

* Chicken Wrap$7.95
    Sliced baked chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, ranch dressing wrapped in a spinach herb
    tortilla. Served with Baked Lays Chips.
* Avocado Wrap$7.95
    Sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion & our own special pico sauce wrapped in a tomato
    basil tortilla. Served with Baked Lays chips.
* Browser Salad$5.95
    Shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, cucumber and olives – your choice of Ranch or
    Balsamic vinaugrette.
* Browser Salad with Sliced Chicken$7.95
    Shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, cucumber and olives – your choice of Ranch or
    Balsamic vinaugrette.
Hot Dog Meal$4.95
    All beef hot dog, served with fries and animal crackers.
Grilled Cheese Meal$4.95
    American cheese made with Texas toast, served with fries and animal crackers.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Meal$4.95
    Peanut butter and jelly made on Texas toast, served with fries and animal crackers.

Soft Drink in a 16oz. Cup$1.50

Soft Drink in a Souvenir Cup$2.95

Bottled Water$1.50

* New menu item.

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Children's Animal Center

Finally, the time you have all been waiting for, the Children’s Animal Center is now open for business! The CAC has been closed for over seven months and our animals are more than happy to be back home from their extended vacation. During those seven months, we have given our CAC yard a fresh new look.

There is new fencing through out the CAC, new pens for the all of the animals, and beautiful landscaping both in the yard and outside. We have also constructed seven new free-flight aviaries including one that will soon contain some of our Attwater's prairie chickens! These aviaries may not be 100% completed yet, but we were so excited to share what we had done with everyone, we decided to go ahead and open anyway. The CAC Grand re-opening was held on Saturday, December 4th, but if you missed it, don't worry, you can still come and enjoy the "residents" and welcome them back home.

Click here to learn more.