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Texas Safari: Dine at the Overlook Cafe While Watching Exotic Animals

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Opened to the public in 1984, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center features self-guided driving tours following a nine-mile forested path through the Texas hillside. From the safety and comfort of your own car, van, or truck, you can hand-feed a variety of on-site animal species. This enjoyable and rare experience can, in effect, take you away from it all while your feet are still firmly planted on Texas soil. To add to that experience, the Overlook Cafe is a two-story restaurant which looks out from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center trees, giving diners an aerial view of the African-Savannah-like property and all that it entails!

Recognized as one of the world’s leading animal conservation sites, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is located in Glen Rose, Texas. For more than three decades, it’s given visitors the chance to experience a taste of Africa in a Texas-sized sampling. With 1,700 acres and over 1,000 animals, the center cares for close to 50 different animal species that guests can see via a drive-thru tour. In addition, there are open-air guided tour offerings, as well as overnight accommodations in a variety of styles!

Texas Safari: Dine at the Overlook Cafe While Watching Exotic Animals

Photo: Facebook/Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Having the opportunity to enjoy the animals, alone, would normally be enough, but seeing them from the comfort of your own vehicle makes it that much better. Supplementing the experience with a behind-the-scenes tour is an excellent way to enhance the fun and learn more in the process. After you’re done with tours, talks, and animal feedings, you can satisfy your hearty appetite at the Overlook. It features a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and snacks (not to mention great kids meal offerings) as well as a wide selection of fountain drinks, juice, water, and ice cream!

Texas Safari: Dine at the Overlook Cafe While Watching Exotic Animals
Photo: Facebook/Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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