Prehistoric Texas

Take a 100-million year journey through Central Texas. Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, see the remains of giant marine reptiles, visit the final resting place of dozens of enormous Columbian mammoths, and view artifacts detailing life in Texas from some of the area’s earliest inhabitants.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth 76107

Who knew you could find dinosaurs in your own backyard? The Museum’s DinoLabs and DinoDig® exhibitions bring the fascinating story of dinosaurs discovered in North Texas to life with full articulations of dinosaur skeletons native to the region and a dig site replicating a local paleontological field site. Come face to face with Paluxysaurus jonesi, the State Dinosaur of Texas, plus life-sized models of Acrocanthosaurus and Tenontosaurus dossi.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
254-897-3081 or 254-897-4588
1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 76043

Glen Rose is known as the “Dinosaur Capital of Texas.” One step into the 113 million year old dinosaur footprints and you’ll see why. With some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in North America, this paleontological find is an important clue to how and where dinosaurs walked.

Dinosaur World
254-898-1526 or 254-897-3081
1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 76043

Located just outside Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World features over 100 life-size dinosaur models nestled among a lush assortment of native vegetation, so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving! Children will love the fossil digs where they can dig for and keep up to three real fossils.

Bosque Museum
301 South Avenue Q, Clifton, 76634

The Horn Shelter, discovered in Bosque County, is a rare 11,200 year old Paleo-American archeological site where two skeletons and an array of burial goods were found. A replica of the Horn Shelter complete with a burial, reproduced burial goods, excavation exhibit and facial reconstruction can be seen at the Bosque Museum.

Waco Mammoth National Monument
6220 Steinbeck Bend Road, Waco, 76708

In 1978, two men stumbled upon a bone near the Bosque River. A lost world was discovered! The site features a climate-controlled dig shelter and a suspended walkway that provides an overhead view of several specimens, including a bull mammoth and a camel that lived approximately 68,000 years ago.

Mayborn Museum Complex
1300 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, 76706

Travel through millions of years by exploring ancient fossils of Central Texas at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex. Exciting and interactive exhibits invite visitors to touch a palm tree stump from the Tertiary Period and see one of the largest fossil marine turtles found in the United States.

Bell County Museum
210 N. Main St., Belton, 76513

The award-winning Bell County Museum features a permanent interactive exhibit on the Gault Site that offers an in-depth look at this important active excavation through dynamic interactive areas, informational text and the website Call ahead to see about opportunities for your young ones to “excavate” in our simulated archeology pits.
Kids! Download our Flip Book before your visit!

The Gault Site
3451 FM 2843, Florence, 76527

The Gault Site is one of the largest excavated sites of the Clovis culture (13,500) years ago) and a Texas State Archeological Landmark. Gault has more than 2 million artifacts, some of the earliest art and the oldest architecture in North America. Research continues and tours/speakers can be arranged.