With movies such as the “Jurassic Park” series continuing to remain popular with kids of all ages. And dinosaur museums and exhibits rank high as fun places to visit. Not only do the kids get to see their favorite dinos, but they may also learn a thing or two. After all, these animals once roamed parts of the United States.
Dinosaur World Kentucky
Roam among life-sized dinosaurs, such as a Stegosaurus and T-rex at Dinosaur World in Cave City. You’ll find the popular dinosaurs as part of the outdoor dinosaur museum setting featuring 150 dinosaurs. It’s located in a natural setting, with trees and plants camouflaging the giant models. Here children of all ages (because what adults don’t like dinosaurs?) enjoy checking out the accurate replicas of the creatures. Dinosaur World includes a prehistoric museum with actual fossils, as well as cast copies.
Children can also play in the Fossil Dig, where they may find “fossils” of their own. The Kentucky attraction is one of three Dinosaur World locations, with parks in Plant City, Florida, and Glen Rose, Texas. Each park encourages people to bring their own food and drinks because of the lack of concession stands.
The Dinosaur Place
The Dinosaur Place at Natures Art Village in Oakdale, Connecticut, displays more than 50 giant dinosaurs located over 60 acres. It also features unique creatures, such as the Ankylosaurus, Brontosaurus, and the Tyrannosaurus rex. As you walk through the nature center, you’ll feel like you’re actually among the prehistoric animals. The park includes a dinosaur-themed maze, two caves featuring dinosaurs, and a splash pad.
Overlooking Rapid City, the South Dakota attraction features seven unique dinosaurs built during the Great Depression. This stop is still one for families visiting the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. Dinosaur Park is based on dinosaurs discovered in the state, including the Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. Children are encouraged to climb the sculptures in this dinosaur museum. The park, with free admission, offers views up to 100 miles away.
Early dinosaurs built at Dinosaur Land in the 1960s don’t accurately portray prehistoric animals. But, as the White Post, Virginia, the attraction has aged, newer dinosaurs resemble what paleontologists believe they looked like. Some of the 50 life-sized statues appear as they may have in a natural setting. Others are seen fighting and eating prey. Among the dinosaurs in the park are the Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, and Spinosaurus.
Field Station Dinosaurs
They once roamed the Kansas plains more than 90 million years ago. About 40 animatronic dinosaurs here – ranging from a Parasaurolophus and Edmontosaurus to Velociraptor. They welcome visitors to Field Station Dinosaurs in Derby, near Wichita. Each animal makes sounds paleontologists believe accurately portray the dinosaurs. Attractions include tents and watering holes as backdrops, representing what may happen if explorers came upon the dinosaurs today.
One of two Field Stations, the Kansas location includes several interactive exhibits for children. It is also a challenge dome with three levels of rope obstacle courses. A miniature golf course is located next door. The original is located in Leonia, NJ.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
While dinosaur parks are fun places to play among the animals while learning their history. However, if your child wants to see actual fossils? The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado offers more than 10,000 square feet of fossil exhibits. It also includes a Triceratops skull among the Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs. You’ll even find a Pterosaur flying overhead. Check out displays on marine animals, and more.
While children will have a blast playing among the life-sized dinosaurs, parents can use the experience as a learning opportunity. So, it’s a win-win for everyone. Of course, it’s also a chance for adults to become kids again. Have some fun playing among the giant creatures!