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“Way too overpriced” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Field Station: Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs
One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Secaucus
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement Parks
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Owner description: Field Station: Dinosaurs is a thrilling dinosaur expedition featuring 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus). Meet a 15-foot T-Rex puppet, enjoy our new 3D movie Dinosaurs Alive!, and see the park come to life with dinosaur wranglers and troubadors at this interactive outdoor adventure in New Jersey's Meadowlands.
Morristown, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Way too overpriced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Hugely disappointed in this place. For what you pay to go here, it's WAY overpriced. First, the town of Secaucus charges you $10 to park in the lot. It's then $25 for adult admission and $20 for children. I wouldn't have minded paying this for a better place. Here's what I didn't like:

1. Even though the dinosaurs themselves are pretty neat, half of them barely move at all and are nothing to write home about.

2. The layout is not very extensive and you can see all of the dinosaurs in a half-hour or 40 minutes at most.

3. Very lame food choices.

4. Bathrooms are disgusting.

5. Most of the "shows" are weak and not very exciting.

6. At most points, the trail is quite narrow so you inevitably encounter people and camp kids standing across the width of it just blocking anybody wanting to get through (especially fun with a stroller!).

7. In order to make it look like a paleontologist outpost and dig site, they had little tents set up everywhere to serve as filler. "Ooooh, look kids, another 2-person Coleman tent!"

8. You have to walk through the cramped gift shop and navigate around a horde of adults and kids to get out of the place.

I'm a science teacher and love this stuff, but I can't recommend Field Station: Dinosaurs. It's just a notch above a roadside attraction and is not worth the money. You're better off going for a free hike on a nearby local trail and observing real wildlife. (They were pushing season passes there. Why would you need to go to this place more than once?!)

Visited July 2013
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Keasbey NJ
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“Dinosaur experience for young ones”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful experience with children under 8 years old , the dinosaurs are live size and impressive for young ones , they roar, for digging they have an area that they can dig for bones with shovels and brushes provided. A a nice show with a dinosaur,puppet and audience participation. My grandson 6 , loved it and had fun , not cheap $17.50 per child and $20 for adults.
Nice for picture taking.

Visited July 2013
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I went with four kids (the six-year-old is a dinosaur junkie) and assorted other relatives. The kids were NOT disappointed although my oldest could see that the park is still a work in progress. All the dinosaurs do is wiggle their heads and tails while roaring, but that's enough to make a good illusion!

Free tips:

1. As other commenters noted, wear shoes, not sandals. The walking paths are mostly dust and pebbles.

2. Food options aren't good - microwaved chicken nuggets, burgers cooked on a small outdoor grill (okay), hot dogs, pizza (didn't try), not much else. Lunch lines get VERY long. However, Field Station Dinosaurs hasn't yet figured out the art of restricting coolers to maximize their own profit, so take full advantage of that.

3. Attend as many different shows as you can - the dinosaurs themselves only take about an hour, but you can stretch your visit out into a full day by hopping from event to event. We lasted five hours and didn't do everything we hoped to do (in part because my kids did the "fossil dig" sandpit twice).

4. Don't bother upgrading to the Commander's Pass unless it's super hot and you'll need an AC break. There are more than enough free activities.

5. Full price is a bit much (especially with the $10 parking - but that's Secaucus' fault, not theirs). Look for online coupons... we got lucky.

Visited July 2013
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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Very disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We decided to take our 5 year old here yeseterday and were pretty excited, but that lasted for a brief time.
We parked for $10 in a dust crowded lot, and when we got to the ticket trailer that had 3 windows with agent, we waitied another 20 minutes to finally get our tickest for 2 adults and 1 child that came to $85. I was shocked at how expensive it was and how long it took to purchase the tickets, but at that point I was just ready to get in and enjoy the sites.
We walked in and were greeted with the first dinosaur, I beleive a Brontosaurus, that just stood there and made some noise. THATS IT. The signange was lacking, just the name of the dinosaur and that was it. The food wasincredibly expensive Hamburger $5 water ice $4 and was mediocre, nothing special. Bathrooms were porta pottys and they were disgusting.The best part was the 3d dinosaur move, but it was in a tent with chairs in rows, so the children had a hard time seeing the screen. I would definitely not go here again and wouldn't recommend anyone else to go unless they get a great deal, like another poster mentioned.

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Temporary Feel for Lame, Overpriced Attraction”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Spent 2 hours there. Do NOT go unless you get a deal like I did- $12 tickets (through Living Social) It's pretty lame. Seems temporary and some of the dinos didn't move - daughter said they needed batteries. Unbelievably overpriced. $4 ice cream pop, $$$ gift shop items in a sloppy makeshift "store." Parking is $10. Signage for each dinosaur incredibly lacking. Dusty gravel paths just gross.

Visited July 2013
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