Weekend ideas in and around Stephenville

Sometimes you just need a break from school. Here are some affordable weekend ideas, be sure to check out their websites to see if their hours will be affected due to COVID-19.

Enjoy wildlife at Fossil Rim

Mikayla Leschuck feeds a giraffe after volunteering for habitat reconstruction with Fossil Rim. ( Photo Courtesy of Klaire Brock)
  • This wildlife center holds a special place in Tarleton students’ hearts as quite a few wildlife majors work at this center. They are “dedicated to the conservation of species in peril, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources and public education.” Fossil Rim offers a scenic 7.2 mile drive of seeing wildlife. With Fossil Rim being less than a 40 minute drive from campus it is the perfect first date or adventure spot! Be sure to check out their website before your first visit to purchase your tickets.

Hike in Dinosaur Valley State Park

  • This park is located in Glen Rose and just a short 45 minute drive. Walk along the tracks that dinosaurs left in the riverbed. With a $7 charge you can spend your whole day hiking, biking, swimming and fishing. You can check with the recreation center on campus to check out equipment for the day (this may vary due to COVID-19).

Kayaking in Lake Mineral Wells State Park

  • Lake Mineral Wells, just like most state parks, offers camping, fishing, a place to ride your horse, a rock climbing area and kayaking. If you are feeling adventurous the Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock climbing venues in North Texas. Climbers and rappellers must check in at headquarters. Lake Mineral Wells offer 12.8 miles of trails ranging from easy to challenging; these trails are open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

Stroll through city history at the Stephenville Historical Museum

  • The grounds are open everyday for self guided tours and photography. If you are interested in having a guided tour you can go to the office Wednesday through Saturday anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Through your walk around the grounds you’ll see homesteads, old tractors and a very beautiful little chapel. This is a great spot to have a picnic at as well.

Getting your beach on at Granbury City Beach Park

  • Lake Granbury has its own sandy beach at the City Beach Park which is perfect for swimming and picnicking. They are open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or sunset, whichever is later). The best part about this beach is that it is free!