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Prehistoric Gardens

Gold Beach, OR 97465
+1 541-332-4463
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Gold Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: One of the most unique tourist attractions on the Oregon Coast, the Prehistoric Gardens is great for young and old alike. Just 17 miles north of Gold... more » Owner description: One of the most unique tourist attractions on the Oregon Coast, the Prehistoric Gardens is great for young and old alike. Just 17 miles north of Gold Beach lies an untouched prehistoric garden complete with 23 life size dinosaurs set among a lush 300 year old Oregon rainforest. The self-guided tour allows you to casually stroll along the path and discover what the Earth was like millions of years ago. Family owned and operated since 1955, this eco-friendly attraction is a must see! Pet-Friendly! Dogs are allowed to take the tour for FREE as long as they are on a leash. « less
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Shady Cove, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A cool place to stop and talk a walk through the rain forest. It was a little high priced for the six of us but the kids liked it. And when your in the middle of no where what do you expect.

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear that your family enjoyed themselves! Please stop by and see us again :) More

Brookings
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My 5 and 7 yr grandkids and I stopped as a break on our trip. I was a little worrried that they might be the wrong age - but they were given a map and this Nana smiled to see all the fun!

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that you stopped, and like we always say you are never the wrong age to discover the dinosaurs in our prehistoric gardens! And if we can bring a smile to your face, all the better! We love to hear that your grandchildren enjoyed the map, it is such a fun addition to the tour... More

San Jose, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It's right on the main highway outside of Gold Beach. Looks like a primeval forest with dinosaurs. Gives the viewer an idea of what it was like millions of years ago.

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit and taking the time to write a review! We always appreciate it :) I am glad you pointed out we are right on the main highway...about 16 miles north of Gold Beach and 14 miles south of Port Orford to be exact. Hope to see you again. More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Our 6-year-old dinosaur expert knew we were visiting a place with dinosaurs, but what we actually saw when we got there was so much better than we'd imagined that he could only stammer in hushed tones until the screams of joy burst out. I've never seen a kid so excited! It was well worth the 3-hour drive to get there,... More

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review! You basically summed up EXACTLY what we are trying to achieve. The late E.V. Nelson, who dreamed up and created the Prehistoric Gardens, would have been delighted with your review as it was his goal to create a place where young and old could share in the magic and wonder of dinosaurs.... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Didn't know about this place but stopped when we saw the signs. After a long car ride, it was a nice place to stop and stretch our legs. Spent about 30 minutes walking through well-maintained paths and learning about many different dinosaurs, the environment they lived in and learning about the plants from the era as well. Very shaded with... More

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we always appreciate the feedback from our guests! We are happy to hear you were able to stop, stretch your legs, and enjoy our well-manicured forest. We really pride ourselves on maintaining our rainforest gardens! As you mentioned we have increased the prices for adults for the first time in over... More

Port Angeles, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was reasonably priced to get in, and the life size dinosaurs were set up in a nicely wooded area with a well maintained trail to follow. Each dino had a detailed sign, so it was educational & fun!

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it! It is our goal to make learning about dinosaurs fun, so I am glad you noticed :) And thank you so much for the comment about the well maintained trail as we aim to keep the Rainforest well-manicured, as the it is just as... More

Thousand Oaks, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a return trip for me after 35 years, but this time I brought my own children ages 9 and 12. They both loved it. The rain forest made the plants so green and lush. It was very peaceful and well maintained. This is not a "tacky tourist attraction." This is a wonderful place to enjoy nature with the... More

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Clinton! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review and share your family's experience. We love it when guests return with their children or grandchildren, allowing them to share in the same memories as they did growing up. The park has been in operation for nearly 60 years, we opened the park in January... More

Monroe, Oregon
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Life-size, concrete dinosaurs. If that hasn't sold you on this place, I don't want to know you. The Prehistoric Gardens is a unique, bizarre creation: one man's vision to place big statues in the Pacific Rainforest. You go on a quick walking tour of prehistory and get to see all of your favorite dinosaurs in a fern-rich approximation of their... More

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the super review Autopiloted!! We love it when our guests appreciate the wonder of the gardens as much as we do. That was E.V. Nelson's (my grandfather!) goal when he set out to create his dinosaur kingdom on the Oregon coast. Have a great summer and please stop by for a visit again soon :) More

Eureka, California
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Classic road side attraction...pleasant walk, tried to be educational, with lots of dinosaurs to check out. I did hop over the fence for more interactive shots with the Dino's, though the signs say you aren't suppose to. The gift store is a bit bizarre: lots of science books on fossils and dinosaurs next to books on dragons and New Age... More

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Hi mysterb, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We always appreciate it! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and were able to get some great photos. We try and make the park as life-like as possible, including the prehistoric plants that surround the dinosaurs. This is why we ask that folks remain on the... More

Palm Springs
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

So much fun! There was a cool hobbit hiking trail with kooky dinosaurs. Nice and shady, cool place to stretch your legs! They were feeding the chipmunks by the entry , super cute! Well worth the stop!

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Kiki M, Owner at Prehistoric Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Debbie! Thanks for the wonderful review. We especially like the hobbit reference, and now that you mention it our rainforest does resemble Middle Earth ;) And we are glad you liked our chipmunk residents...they always provide great entertainment. Have a wonderful trip and come visit us again soon! More

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