If you have a child who loves dinosaurs (like I do)… you may be surprised to learn that there are several great places within driving distance that offer fun dinosaur experiences! Whether you’re looking for a T-Rex or a Megalodon, scroll down to check out our list of options!
DINO SEAS: AN IMMERSIVE JOURNEY
Mystic Aquarium has a new immersive journey will take you on an adventure through the ancient seas where massive reptiles once ruled and mighty dinosaurs roamed on land. There are hands-on interactive experiences, animatronic undersea creatures and dinosaurs, as well as a play area!
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic
PERMANENT SCIENCE GALLERIES: NATURAL CYCLES SHAPE OUR LAND
This exhibit at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich includes a paleontology exhibit. The star of the exhibit is a full size Dilophosaurus who walked along the Connecticut shorelines of the Connecticut Valley 200 million years ago!
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich
THE DINOSAUR PLACE
The Dinosaur Place is a 60-acre Outdoor Adventure Park with more than 50 life-sized dinosaurs on nature trails! You’ll also find a dinosaur-themed maze, two dinosaur-filled caves, and Monty’s Playground, featuring T-Rex Tower.
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History features fossils from one of the two major groups of dinosaurs. In the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda is the iconic dinosaur exhibit, Barosaurus and Allosaurus… don’t miss the T-Rex!
200 Central Park West, New York, NY
LASDON PARK & ARBORETUM
Visit the dinosaur garden at Lasdon Park & Arboretum, there you can use your smart phone to scan the Zappar codes on each sign. Meet Lexi the T-Rexy who will give fun facts about dinosaurs. When you’re done, take a photo with Lexi and and post it at #LexiatLasdon!
2610 Route 35, Katonah, NY
BIG ADVENTURES: DINOSAURS AT STEPPING STONES MUSEUM
Take a trip on the Big Adventures Time Machine to visit a 200,000,000-year-old den of Dilophosaurus dinosaurs, be a modern-day paleontologist, or time detective, seeking an adventure or two while fossil hunting. Jump into the realistic-looking Connecticut ecosystem filled with flora and fauna at Stepping Stones Museum.
303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT
If you’re looking to plan something fun during the summer, Jurassic Quest is coming to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ July 21-23, 2023! Click here for info and tickets!