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“Ok, great value but not that exciting.”

Dinosaur State Park & Museum
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Owner description: This state park is devoted to dinosaurs and contains several dinosaur footprints.
Reviewed August 23, 2011

Took my four kids to Dinosaur State Park, ages 7, 5, and 3 (twins). My 7 year old found it "boring" and he usually loves anything to do with dinosaurs or rocks. The inside area was crowded, but well worth the $8.00 admission ($6 for me, $2 for my 7 year old, and free for kids 5 and under). We saw a 15 minute animated movie on dinosaurs that was pretty good, and checked out the dinosaur footprint exhibit, which I found fascinating but wasn't that exciting for the kids. There is also an arts and crafts room for the kids that kept my younger children occupied for about an hour. There is scheduled nature walks and scavenger hunts, but not really much outside that has to do with dinosaurs (that's why my son was disappointed). The park grounds are nice, definitely a great place for a picnic, had I known I would have brought food with us since they don't have anything there. Overall, on a nice day it is worth checking out but expect more of a regular park setting than much do to with dinosaurs.

Thank JLAA
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

If you live in CT this is a must stop for the young ones who love dinosaurs. If you are driving up/down I-91, you should build in enough time to stop, stretch your legs on the nice, easy trails, and learn a few new things about rocks and dinosaurs! Bring your own plaster and you can make a casting of a real dinosaur print! The day we went there was a guided walking tour with a wonderful guide that was enthusiastic which made the walk fun and interesting for the two 6 year olds we were with (not to mention their parents). It is open Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Thank jendan22
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

Too many kids for my liking, but the walking trails were nice. Saw a lot of chipmunks and frogs along the way. Learn a lot-worth checking out. Don't expect much dinosaurs stuff though.

Thank hollette1
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Reviewed April 8, 2009

Connecticut is a haven for fossilized dino footprints. The displays are excellent and very well designed. Whoever did the demos for this place got it right and kids as well as adults pay attention. Plus there are miles of interpreted hiking trails and you can make a plaster cast of a real fossil footprint! Do this with the kids and head over to Old Wethersfield for a tour of some historical homes.

Thank traveltode
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Reviewed February 16, 2009

Dinosaur State Park is a terrific place to visit. The largest enclosed dinosaur track site in North America, there are hundreds of early Jurassic tracks easily seen from walkways over the site. Discovered in 1966 while excavating for a building site, the tracks are amplified through the use of dioramas showing Jurassic period dinosaurs that probably made these tracks.

The site is almost eerie with dramatic lighting making the tracks more pronounced; sound effects give the impression of dinosaurs grunting and snorting and rustling through the undergrowth nearby. The film is quite good and takes 45 minutes; the education center caters to the youngsters; excellent gift shop. The staff is attentive and helpful and extremely friendly.

In nice weather visit the nature trail with a 300-foot boardwalk through swamp land planted with ginkgoes, conifers, and other Mesozoic Era plant species. I highly recommend this place. Admission is only $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Thank redeco
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