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“A Nice Place to Visit - Be Sure to Get a Tour”

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Owner description: Travel back in time -- The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is a new 20,000 square foot museum located in Woodland Park, Colorado (only 30 min. from Colorado Springs). We feature fossils from North America's Cretaceous Period including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, a working fossil lab viewable by visitors, children's play area and hands-on educational activities. Open all year.
Knox, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Nice Place to Visit - Be Sure to Get a Tour”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were staying in Woodland Park, so this was a very convenient attraction to visit. My youngest children, 11-year-old twins, were excited to visit the resource center. I was happy to learn that this was an actual museum with real dinosaur fossils and not a simple roadside attraction. Having been to larger museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, I did think this museum was rather small. If we had not caught one of the tours, I probably would have been disappointed by the size of the museum in comparison to how much it cost for our family of six to get in.The tour guide, however, was very interesting and made the experience far more enjoyable than it would have been to just walk through the resource center on our own. It was also interesting to see the workers as they prepared bones and casts. They take a picture of you when you first walk in and I found the price to be quite reasonable ($5 for one or $8 for two pictures). We bought ours because it was quite amusing!

In all, this is a worthwhile experience if you are in the area, particularly if you get one of the tours. It would not, however, be worth driving a great distance to see.

Visited July 2013
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Plano, TX
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10 reviews
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“Better for older kids”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We went here with our 3 kids--ages 9, 5 and 2. My 9-year-old enjoyed it, but he could read and he had more patience to listen to a tour guide. My younger two quickly tired of this place. They did have a small hands-on section and they played in that for a while. I'd recommend this more for school-aged kids or kids who can already read very well.

Visited June 2013
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Ponder, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is definitely a school-outing type of place. Our four-year old grandson was not ready for the information the tour guide provided. She was good and knew her material; however, the information she gave would be more suited for much older kids. I wouldn't go here again. If people want to see dinosaurs, they should go to the museum in Denver.

Visited June 2013
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Pacifica, California
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63 reviews
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“Fun for dinosaur lovers”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My son really enjoyed this visit. He loves dinosaurs! There were some nice exhibits of dinosaurs, and it was interesting, because they explained the way that the bones are excavated. There were several casts of bones, where you could see the techniques that were used. You can also see into the lab where they are working on the bones- there was no one working the day we went, probably because it was a weekend. There were tour guides with a great deal of knowledge, and a few short films to watch as well. Fun- probably for an hour or so. I'd thought it was a bigger place, but it was worth our stop there.

Visited May 2013
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pontiac mi
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Place for all ages!!!!”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Went here because it looked like it would be fun. We had three generations and each of us found something that we thought was interesting. Plenty of room for our granddaughters stroller. They even had an area for young children like her to enjoy(she is two)!! Look for coupons it saved us almost ten dollars. It is really a neat place for all ages

Visited May 2013
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