Weekend Adventure in Nemo & Glen Rose

NemoWe just got back from a fun long weekend in Glen Rose and Nemo Texas – where in the world is Nemo you ask!  It’s not the fish in Finding Nemo - it’s a small town with a population of 56 just 5 miles north of Glen Rose and 20 minutes south of Cleburne and about as hard to find as the fish, Nemo.  Once we found Nemo, we enjoyed a great music festival and then headed to Glen Rose for a two night stay in a cozy cabin, an enjoyable round of golf, some good food, an interesting visit with the dinosaurs, and a mountain bike trail ride. 

We came to Nemo for the 2nd annual Texas Music Reunion and it was a blast.  Four fun days camping along the Brazos River, 24 good country singer songwriters, BYOB, and some lively fans and a great vibe is the best way to describe this music festival.  To learn more about, read our review of Texas Music Reunion.

Camping on the BrazosDancing at Texas Music ReunionThomas Michael Riley

After the festival we drove to Country Woods Inn in Glen Rose to stay in one of their cozy cabins.  Country Woods Inn is on 40 acres along the Paluxy River just a mile from the Glen Rose town square. They offer a variety of lodging options ranging from some unique cozy cabins to glamping in an Airstream or a vintage railcar.  At Country Woods Inn there is a lot to do on the property and the surrounding area is loaded with shopping, restaurants, dinosaurs, golf, and lots more to see and do.   To see why we can highly recommend Country Woods Inn for a weekend getaway or a fun vacation, read our article on Country Woods Inn.

Country Woods AirstreamLodging at Country Woods InnLodging at Country Woods Inn

We love Glen Rose because it’s a small friendly town with lots to see and do.  Whenever we visit Glen Rose, the first thing we do is book a tee time at Squaw Valley Golf Course.  They are home to two very different 18 hole courses, each of which has it’s own unique personality and characteristics.  Apache Link’s front nine is a traditional links style course with wide sweeping fairways, lots of berms and bunkers, wind that can impact your golf ball’s trajectory, and big greens.  The back nine is a more traditional nine with creeks to carry, trees to contend with, and a lot more that makes this nine very fun  – read our review of Apache Links. Comanche Lakes is also a great layout and a joy to play. Check out our review and rating of Comanche Lakes to learn why we love this 18.  Common to both courses are very good conditions, friendly country service, and reasonable rates.

Apache Links Golf Course Apache Links Golf Course Apache Links Golf Course

After a round of golf we stopped by Back Porch Sports Bar for some appetizers, cold beer, dominos, and to watch the rest of the Cowboys game.  I won the dominos game but the Cowboys went down!

The next morning we were up early and enjoyed a good breakfast at Big Cup Eatery  With a full tummy we set off to check out Dinosaur World.  With skepticism I paid our fee and we briefly explored the huge gift and souvenir shop loaded with everything from stuffed dinosaurs to t-shirts, dinosaur artifacts, unique gem stones, and lots more.  I'm glad we didn't have the grand kids with us because I'm confident that they would have wanted some of everything. For the next hour or more we really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits and we left as big well educated dinosaur fans and big fans of Dinosaur World - read our article on Walking with the Dinosaurs to learn why.

Dinosaur World Glen RoseDinosaur World Glen RoseDinosaur World Glen Rose

Dinosaur Valley State ParkSince Dinosaur World is only a mile or so from Dinosaur Valley State Park we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the dinosaur tracks in the river, riding mountain bikes on some of the fun and challenging mountain bike trails, and exploring the State  Parks dinosaur exhibit.  Here is a link to our review and rating of Dinosaur Valley State Park.

After all that exercise it was time to replace the lost calories, so we toured the Glen Rose town square and had a good dinner at La Vita Italian restaurant.

Big Rocks Park Glen RoseThe next morning before leaving Country Woods Inn, we walked along the paved trail to Big Rocks City Park to climb on the big rocks and wade in the Paluxy River.  We then headed to the Green Pickle and had one of the best burgers I’ve had in ages – thick and juicy, great bun, and delicious. .a three napkin burger!

We only had a couple days of adventure on this trip but during previous visits to Glen Rose we have really enjoyed:

  • Live music and BBQ at Loco Coyote
  • a self driving tour at Fossil Rim Wildlife Park
  • an overnight stay at the upscale Rough Creek Lodge
  • a blue grass festival at Oakdale Park
  • camping at Dinosaur Valley State Park

If you’re headed to Glen Rose, check out our Glen Rose page loaded with all of the above and more fun things to see and do in Glen Rose.


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