What to do and see in Mineral Wells

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Mineral Wells Fossil Park


Owned by the City of Mineral Wells, the fossil park has become a haven for amateur fossil hunters and professional paleontologists alike. The park is open from Friday through Monday from 8 a.m. to dusk. The admission is free. You may dig as many fossils as you'd like. And yes, you can take your finds with you!


A precautionary note, restroom facilities are very limited and there are no shade structures on the site. In summer, early visits with adequate hydration is recommended.


Mineral Wells West City Park


Open the public 7 days a week, the park offers fun for the family. The park includes basketball, baseball and tennis facilities, as well as swings and playgrounds for the smaller children. For teens active in skating and skateboarding, there is an area set aside just for them.


There is a covered shelter or gazebo that you may rent for special occasions for a fee. (Contact Mineral Wells Parks & Recreation to rent those facilities at (940) 328-7803.)


The Aquatic Center located within the City Park is open to the public Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The admission cost is $3.00 per swimmer.


LIttle Rock Schoolhouse Museum


Built in 1884, this two-room building was Mineral Wells' first school. The rocks were hauled by wagon and cut by hand onsite. Tours of the schoolhouse are by appointment only.


Famous Water Pavilion and Gardens


Founded in 1904 by Ed Dismuke, the Famous Water Company. Mr. Dismuke had been given a grave diagnosis by doctors just a few years earlier. After hearing of the miraculous curative powers of the mineral waters in Mineral Wells, he quickly sold his pharmacy in Waco and moved to the town. Ed Dismuke soon became a leader in the mineral water movement. Upon his death at the ripe old age of 97, the Famous Water Company saw a series of owners. The current owners who purchased the company in 1999 have seen a return of interest in the mineral waters and their mysterious powers. The pavilion serves water, ice cream and slushes made with mineral water.