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This time of year, the weather in North Texas is perfect for spending time outdoors. So, come take advantage of the warm sunny days and enjoy some outdoor recreation. Here’s your guide to parks and open spaces in Granbury, TX. Our Inn on Lake Granbury offers luxurious and cozy accommodations in the heart of it all.

#1 Fossil Rim

Did someone say safari? You can experience seeing exotic animals in a way you never thought possible right here in Granbury. Providing a home for over 40 different species, including giraffes, wolves, and roadrunners, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an awe-inspiring experience. Book your tickets online. Ticket proceeds benefit the animals that live at Fossil Rim, all of which are endangered or threatened species.

#2 Dinosaur Valley State Park

Does the sound of finding dinosaur tracks sound interesting and fun to you? Then this is the place to go. Pack a picnic, take a hike, ride a bike, go for a swim, or cast a line amongst these prehistoric footprints cemented in time. Stay near the river for the best experience. In addition to finding dinosaur tracks, you can also enjoy guided horseback tours and horse-drawn wagon rides by Eagle Eye Ranch Carriage Company.

#3 City Beach Park

Nestled in the southern end of Granbury, City Beach Park offers sweeping views of the Brazos River. Here you can enjoy a day of beach fun, from lazily sunbathing on the sandy shore to renting kayaks and SUPs for a day on the water. Pavilions are peppered throughout the beach providing shade and seating. City Park is close to Granbury’s boardwalk where vast views of the river will lull you into a peaceful state. It’s also close to downtown where even more activities await your visit!

#4 Acton Nature Center

Acton Nature Center states: “Trails will lead you around the center to view the natural pond filled with croaking toads. In a heavily shaded ravine you will find a large old Live Oak tree spreading its branches as if to welcome you in.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This nature center is open from dusk to dawn every day for you to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature. Enjoy bird watching, biking, hiking, and take a rest at the Butterfly Garden.

#5 City Park

This open space is dedicated to sports, with courts and fields in every direction. There are basketball and volleyball courts, soccer, softball, and baseball fields, and two large pavilions where you’re sure to find a seat. Several sports stores are located in Granbury in case you want to get yourself a ball and hop on a field yourself.

#6 Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center

With six dedicated, 75-foot swimming lanes, this swim center is perfect for the avid swimmer. It also offers over 4,000 sq. ft. of water, plus shaded sections when you need to escape the sun. The swim center is open every day except Monday.

#7 Granbury Disc Golf Course

Disc golf, which is similar to regular golf, uses Frisbee-like discs instead of balls, and holes in the air rather than holes in the ground. Scoring is based on how many throws it takes for your disc to reach the target. This sport is fun for everyone and will get your blood pumping as you traverse the 21 holes at Granbury Disc Golf Course. You’ll be surrounded by 32 acres of woods, hills, creeks, and ponds to enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time.

#8 Shanley Park

Enjoy beautiful, open spaces, lush foliage, and fun events year-round at Shanley Park. Relish the meditative sounds of water sprinkling from fountains, or music during one of their concerts. Attend a fun summertime festival. Or, during the winter months, witness a twinkling display of lights and holiday cheer.

#9 Lake Granbury

Offering 33 miles of water 75 ft. deep, 103 miles of shore, and an 8,310-acre surface area, there is plenty of open space on Lake Granbury. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, from sunbathing and beach-bumming, to boating and paddle boarding, and much more. Check out 10 fun facts about Lake Granbury to learn more about this vast playground for water lovers.

#10 Inn on Lake Granbury

Last, but certainly not least, is our very own Inn at Lake Granbury, a luxurious B&B located right on Lake Granbury with expansive, green and grassy grounds. Take a stroll. Lie in the hammock. Soak in the hot tub. Sit by the fire.We have everything you need for a restful and restorative getaway. Book one of suites and enjoy a private balcony with lake views. Or reserve our exquisite Lake House, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering gorgeous views.

Now that you have your list of the top 10 must-see parks and open spaces in Granbury TX, book your favorite guest room online or call us at 817-573-0046 for a getaway to remember.