Cross Timbers offers summer fun activities

By: Taite Read

Graphic Designer 

Summer is almost here at Tarleton State University. Students will finally be able to let loose and hang out with friends.

During the school year, students don’t have as much time to explore the entertainment opportunities around Stephenville and the surrounding areas.  

If you’re planning on staying in Stephenville over the summer, you might run into the problem of figuring out what to do. 

Campus will no longer be full of over 14,000 students to hang out with because a majority of students move home for the summer.

There are a variety of entertainment opportunities in Stephenville, Glen Rose, Granbury and Fort Worth. 


The Bix Axe House is a great place to bring a big group of friends, and you are allowed to bring in your own food and drinks. 

According to the Big Axe House website, they even have team-building activities. 

The Bosque River Trail has great scenery of Stephenville. There are different locations to get onto the trail. It is about 1.5 miles long, and you’re able to walk or bike the trail. 

“The bosque river trail connects to the City Park, the Boy Scout area and the Historical Museum downtown area,” the Stephenville Texas website said. 

There are three different golf options to go enjoy and compete with friends. Tejas Golf course is a nine-hole course. Legends Country Club is an 18-hole course, and J&D Golf Land is a miniature putt-putt course. 

Samantha McCoy, a junior at Tarleton, said her favorite from the list is the Bosque River Trail.

“I love to take my dog, Ellie, on walks there because it is so peaceful and I always feel safe there,” McCoy said. 

Addax at Fossil Rim walked up to the car to look for food.
Photo by: Taite Read

Glen Rose

You can go see where the dinosaurs used to roam at Dinosaur Valley State Park. This state park offers different experiences for everyone. 

“Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse or visit our interpretive center,” the Texas Parks and Wildlife website said. 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a drive-through safari. There are private tours, public tours and self-guided tours. 

You stay in your car for this experience and get to throw feed out for the animals. You see over ten different species of animals during this experience. 


A great place to get away and lay out for the day is Granbury City Beach. 

“My favorite thing to do is go to the beach on Memorial Day and Labor Day to watch the boat parade,” Senior Ashlee Stacey said. 

You can go swimming, have a picnic or rent a kayak. This beautiful beach area is also close to Granbury square.

“I also enjoyed walking around on the boardwalk and feeding the ducks,” Stacey said. 

To end your evening, you can watch a movie and relax at The Brazos Drive-In. They offer drive-in movies on Fridays and Saturdays. Check their website to see what films they have. 

Fort Worth 

The Cultural District offers multiple different places to visit. 

Museums within the Cultural District consist of the Arts Council of Fort Worth, Adobe Western Art Gallery, ArtSpace 111 and more. 

The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are a great place to visit. You can walk through and see a variety of plants and gardens. You can also eat and shop while you visit. 

If you are wanting to go downtown, Sundance Square is the place to go. 

There are multiple different restaurants to dine at such as Simply Fondue, The Cheesecake Factory and so much more. 

There are also a variety of stores to go shopping in. Whether it is art, jewelry or clothing, they have it all. 

Sundance Square also offers entertainment options. Bass Performance Hall holds different orchestras, plays and ballets. 

If you find yourself in Stephenville, Glen Rose, Granbury or Fort Worth during the summer, make sure to check out some of these places with your friends and family.

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