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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

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Address: 86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
Phone Number: +1 402-893-2000
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of...

This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum

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A true fossil bed w Ancient rhino remains & activities for kids

Worth the drive! You won't believe what your eyes are seeing in Northeast Nebraska! A fossil bed w rhinos dating million plus years old.. Hands on activities for kids. Love it!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 12, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Worth the drive! You won't believe what your eyes are seeing in Northeast Nebraska! A fossil bed w rhinos dating million plus years old.. Hands on activities for kids. Love it!

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a place where you step back about 12.0 million years. I have been to other digs and none have the amount of total remains of animals from that time. When you are in the area you owe it to yourself and your family to take the time to see a dig in action.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This is not really my kind of activity. I am not big into fossils. But if your in the area of Royal Ne you might as well check it out. It's interesting and they have an area for kids that is hands on. If u are a fossil buff and even a history fan then you will enjoy this place.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

it it fun for kids and adults! there are pretend fossil digs for kids, and for adults you can watch them currently dig for fossils, but i suggest you go on a cool day.

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Kearney, Nebraska, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Great little educational attraction. The admittance price is a little steep for what it is but I am sure the traffic is slow based on the geography. It took about 2 hours to see the site, you could spend longer if you are a bigger fan of fossils.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

A bit out of the way but worth every mile. You can see the Archaeologists in the middle of their work in the fossil beds. In addition they have a wealth of knowledge about prehistory and are ready to answer any questions visitors might have.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Suitable for anyone from young kids to trained paleontologists.It's great to see a dig actually in progress and be able to watch as new specimens are uncovered. Staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Great selection of books in the shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Loved this first stop on our Nebraska/South Dakota vacation. Had a nice picnic area for lunch before going in the museum. The history is amazing. The rhino barn has lots to look at. You can dial in on your cell phone to get a self guided tour. Would recommend if you are in the area.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Ashfall Fossil beds are a hidden gem in Nebraska. What a great place to learn about about Nebraska's ancient life. Come and see what Paleontologists have discovered hidden in the Missouri River Valley. Stop and see Rhinos, Camels, Beardogs and a lot more. This is an amazing place where you can observe an active dig site.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We had been here in 1996 and thought our science loving 11 year old would love this as a side trip. We zigged & zagged across Nebraska to get there. It is cheap-$5 each plus $5 parking. We wandered through the main building & big barn and about 45 min later we were done. The big barn is interesting and... More 

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