Basic Tour and School Program
The Waco Mammoth Site conducts guided walking tours every 30 - 45 minutes during operating hours.
One of our excellent tour guides will lead you from the Welcome Center, down a 300 yard paved path to our Dig Shelter where our mammoth fossils are in situ. During your tour, you will learn about the Ice Age, how our fossils were discovered, and why we are one of the most important paleontological sites in North America.
Public Ticket Prices: Adults: $7; Seniors (over 60): $6; Military: $6; Students (13-18 or w/ valid college ID): $6; Children (ages 4-12): $5; Infants (ages 3 and under): FREE
Frequently asked questions:
What will we see at your site? In our dig shelter, you will see the in situ, sub-fossil remains of 6 Columbian mammoths, and a few other Ice Age animals.
Are you handicapped-accessible? Yes. Our full facility is accessible via wheelchair and motorized scooter. If a member of your party needs assistance making the 300 yard walk, we have wheelchairs available, and our tour guides can carry up to 3 people in a golf cart if necessary.
Can we dig at your site? No. Our fossils are protected inside a municipal park. Personal collecting is prohibited. If you would like to experience excavating replica fossils with our staff members, call 750-7946 to inquire about tickets for our "Big Dig Class"!
Is this inside or outside? About 10-15 minutes of your guided tour will take place outdoors. The remaining 20-30 minutes of your tour will take place in our climate controlled Dig Shelter.
Are these dinosaur bones? No. Dinosaurs went extinct over 65 million years ago. The Waco Mammoths were here approximately 65 thousand years ago.
Does the tour cost extra? No. Our guided tours are included in the price of admission.
Do we have to take a tour? No. You are welcome to enjoy the park and view the fossils at your leisure; however, our guided tours will provide you with far more information about the Waco Mammoth Site than you may gather from a self-guided tour. Regular ticket prices still apply to self-guided tours.
What else is there to do at your site? The Waco Mammoth Site has a wonderful gift shop and shaded picnic area that you may visit anytime during park hours with or without paid admission.
School Tour and Program:
Pre-booked school tours (including day cares, summer camps, youth groups, etc) get to enjoy an enhanced version of our public tour.
One or more of our excellent tour guides will lead your group from our Welcome Center to the ampitheater where you will sit and learn about the Ice Age megafauna in Texas with the aid of posters and fossil props. Next, your group will pause on our bridge and discuss the differences between archaeology and paleontology. Your guide will then take your group into our Dig Shelter to view our mammoth fossils and share their amazing stories.
Please book at least 2 weeks in advance by calling our Education Coordinator at 750-7946 .
Groups of 19 or fewer students:
Basic 1 hour tour and program (tour appropriate for all ages): $5.00 per child
At least one adult required with group of 19 or fewer: (Adult admission: $7.00 ea)
Groups of 20 or more students receive discounted admission:
Basic 1 hour tour and program (tour appropriate for all ages): $4.00 per student
At least one adult required per 20 kids (Adult admission: $6.00 ea with group)
Frequently asked questions:
Do you have a restroom? Yes. Our Welcome Center has boys' and girls' restrooms available to your students anytime during their program.
Can our kids eat at the park? Yes. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks to enjoy in our shaded picnic area before or after your scheduled program.
How many kids can you handle at once? We love large groups! Groups of 100+ are not unusual. We can use multiple staff members to subdivide your group into several smaller groups so everyone gets to experience our programs equally.
Are your tour and activities TEKS aligned? Yes. Our basic tour and add-on activites are TEKS aligned. See our Education Page for more details.