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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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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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Port Angeles, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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136 reviews 136 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
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117 reviews 117 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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35 reviews 35 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

Stoughton, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were driving on our vacation and saw this stop...I am glad we did because it was a really fun place to go to actually see how big dinosaurs would have been standing next to you in a forest garden. The photo ops were fun and the information on the self guided tour was good. The hostess at the shop... More

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

Hi tmad, thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and an even bigger thank you for stopping and visiting us! We take pride in our life size dinos and the rain forest that surrounds them, so it is always nice to hear that "grown ups" appreciate them just as much as the kiddos do. And... More

Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were in the area and decided to stop and visit. It was a very hot day and I was exhausted, but the shade and the dinos revived me. I loved walking and taking our time to see all the dinos. Good for like 10 years old and up.

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

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit TiggerzMom! Our rain forest canopy is immense and does double as shade on a hot day and an umbrella on a rainy day. We are glad that you decided to stop and take the tour and love to hear that the dinos "revived" you. They do have that power... More

Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is the second time we've been to the prehistoric gardens with our two little dogs. Very friendly staff. $10 each for adults. Dogs are free to walk with you through the gardens. Well kept and clean. Great gift shop with big foot and dinosaur items available. Clean bathrooms too. Well worth the stop!

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

First of all, thank you for the repeat visit! We enjoy hearing that so many people love coming back for a visit again and again. I am glad that you brought your two little dogs for a walk through the gardens. We understand that dog owners don't like to leave their canine travel partners in the car while they get... More

Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

but mom and dad thought it was too much! it cost us $46 (3 adults and 3 kids) to get in and walk for 15-20min. dino facts were fun to read and the landscape was very nice, dinosaurs could use a touch up though. Path was a well maintained and it was very clean. Lots of photos opps!

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