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The cornerstone of historic Granbury is its town square, and the square's centerpiece is the Hood County Courthouse. In 1974, Granbury's town square, otherwise known as the courthouse district, became the first town square in Texas to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Buoyed by the news, preservationists restored the Hood County Courthouse in 1969, and the square's economic revitalization followed in short order.

Most of the buildings around the square were built during the 1880s and 1890s. The Hood County Jail, still foreboding with its hanging tower, was built in 1885. The Granbury Opera House was constructed in 1886; and five years later, in 1891, the Hood County Courthouse and its landmark clock tower were erected.

The square isn't just for sight-seers, though. Folks flock to the courthouse district to browse through its more than 40 antique and specialty shops. The square also is home to a slew of boutiques and restaurants, the later of which serve everything from country vittles to gourmet fare.

The Granbury area also offers attractions for animal lovers big and small. Kids love to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park just west of Glen Rose and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

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The 1,523-acre dinosaur park amazes visitors with its preserved dinosaur footprints dating back 113 million years. Thanks to the presence of an ever-winding Paluxy River, the park also serves as a natural watering hole for deer, coyotes, foxes bobcats, armadillos, raccoon, and beavers, as well as a breeding ground for a wide variety of birds. The park accommodates campers and RVs, and reservations for camping can be made by calling (512) 389-8900.

For those with more exotic tastes, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers an up-close peek at rhino and giraffe as well as hundreds of other free-ranging endangered and exotic animals. Visitors can drive the center's 9.5 mile route themselves or take a guided tour of this zoo without cages.

Granbury's latest tribute to nature, though, is a 40-acre preserve called the Refuse to Refuge nature center. The center is so named because it once served as a landfill. Now it's a sanctuary for birds and other wild game.

There are many other attractions as well. The Granbury Motor Raceway & Kidz Zone, which includes electric bumber cars, a stage for karaoke, go carts, rock climbing, and much more. While at the Granbury Live, there are professionally cast, costumed, and choreographed concerts that are fun for the whole family.

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