Grapeland Safari was born from the love of exotics by Wayne and Nona Herring. Located on 59 acres just north of Grapeland along U.S. 287, the high fence holds a variety of wildlife including camels, zebras, buffalo, kangaroo and so much more, including a cockatoo, llama, sulfate tortoise, goats, sheep, horses, pigs and more. There are more than 300 animals scattered among 59 different species in the park.
The house is fireproof, made of concrete and 60 tons of structural steel. When it was constructed, it was the largest steel structure single-family home in the United States. The cost of construction neared $100,000, an unheard of sum in 1936.
It was a family home of sorts, as Etta lived in the home with her four sister and allowed them to live out their golden years in luxury.
The mansion is filled with antique furnishings, some dating back to the 16th and 17th century with pieces of art once belonging to Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
In spite of the grandness of the house and its furnishings, the house and everything in it came close to being destroyed at the end.
The best time to visit Grapeland Safari is early in the morning or late in the day, while it’s cooler and the animals are more active. If you are coming, be sure and bring a camera as animals and children provide many priceless moments. To learn more go to the Grapeland Safari Facebook page.
Grapeland Safari is a great place to hold birthday parties. Kids can go and feed the animals, a real hands-on experience.
The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Grapeland Safari is located at 13440 U.S. 287 N, Grapeland, Texas 75844.
To learn more visit grapelandsafari.net.