Travel back in time, way back, in this historic town.

By Travel & Leisure
June 09, 2014
Dino Bones in Granbury, Texas
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Granbury, Texas is anchored by a beautiful courthouse square—it was the first in the Lone Star State to be added to the to the National Register of Historic Places—and Victorian architecture. It’s also a great jumping off point to explore some of Texas’ most famous attractions. At Dinosaur Valley state park you can hunt for dinosaur footprints; at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, exotic animals such as giraffes and cheetahs happily roam. —Stirling Kelso

Eighteen Ninety

The seasonal menu changes weekly at this polished restaurant and grill, located off of the town square, decorated in southern country style with dark-wood tables and chairs and stone wall interiors. Stop by for happy hour from 4 to 6 PM.

Iron Horse Inn

This arts and crafts-style house has units ranging from intimate rooms to a private cottage. Some have claw-footed tubs and separate sunrooms. Don’t miss the tasty breakfast, a large spread of freshly baked muffins, grits, sausage, and specialty plate such as eggs Benedict or Italian strata.

Acton Nature Center

Look out for the butterfly garden and a pond full of wildlife in this 74-acre park. Bikes are available for rent at the Visitor’s Center.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

This park is the first place in the world Sauropod dinosaur tracks, left in soft mud over 113 million years ago, were discovered. Today, you can get up close to the footprints along the riverbed and scout for more. Travelers can also sign up for ranger-led tours of the area.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Rather than evidence of extinct species, as the name might suggest, you’ll find exotic animals in this 1,700-acre park. The property, accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, is home to over 100 animal species such as ostrich, zebra, reticulated giraffe, and cheetahs. Travelers can take tours in open safari vehicles.