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Dinosaur Valley State Park

If you’ve got kids, the trip out here is essential. Some of the world’s best-preserved dinosaur tracks lie on the bed of the Paluxy River here near Glenrose. Then there’s nearby Dinosaur World, where the very young can participate in a recreated paleontological dig and you can look at fiberglass models of these great beasts. Hey, if a panther can sleep on the steps of Fort Worth’s courthouse (as an old story goes) then imagining a T-Rex roaming the plains around the city doesn’t take such a leap.