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“Fun and interesting stop for dinosaur enthusiasts”

Dinosaur State Park & Museum
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Owner description: This state park is devoted to dinosaurs and contains several dinosaur footprints.
Princeton, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun and interesting stop for dinosaur enthusiasts”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

A short drive drive off of I-91, Dinosaur State Park is worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Dinosaurs or some interesting ancient local history. The dinosaur tracks were discovered some 50 years ago and represent one of the largest on-site displays of dino tracks anywhere in the world.

The tracks are housed in a large domed building and the displays are very interesting for young and old alike. After walking through some interactive exhibits the pathway leads directly over the tracks for a close look (walking directly on the tracks is not allowed). A few life-sized dinosaurs are displayed along the walkway in a very well done diorama-like setting. There is an attached reading/activity room with different things for young kids to do. There is also a small theatre which shows two films, one a 30 minute documentary and another short claymation film for the kids on dinosaurs which the kids liked and was quite funny.

This is a small museum and will not take much longer than 20 minutes or so to work your way through. If you see the films that would add about another hour.

Just outside the building there is an area where you can make your own imprints of dinosaur tracks to take home. (Need to bring your own supplies - see website for details). I remember doing this when I was a child!

There are also 2 miles of maintained nature trails directly behind the museum, trail maps are available and the trails are well marked. They lead through forested areas, a maple swamp and edge of a ridge. You do not need to pay admission to access the trails.

I'm not sure this park would qualify as a destination in itself unless you or your kids were true total dinosaur enthusiasts. Given the close location to I-91 it is a great place to stop on your way north or south through CT.

Visited May 2013
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Connecticut
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152 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Unique destination`”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Boy _ can remember going here on a school field trip and it's still just as interesting! Don't miss this one on your way through Rocky Hill!

Visited April 2013
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“What a treat!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

On a rainy and gloomy Saturday, feeling bored and annoyed, my darling boyfriend decided that we should visit Dinosaur State Park. The last time he was there, he was a child.

The park is situated on very spacious land, surrounded by nature. The founder of Dinosaur State Park planted many varieties of trees that were present during the period of the dinosaurs. They are situated all over the park. Around the outside of the museum, you will find different trails you can walk upon and a totem pole of dinosaur facts. We probably would have gone down one of the trails had the weather been more cooperative. The sidewalk leading up to the museum has neat dinosaur related information, as well as pink/orange colored dinosaur tracks. Rather cute.

The museum has on display various bones, dinosaur tracks that were found during the construction phase of the 1970's, a large reconstruction of "Dilophosaurus" (dino that made the uncovered tracks), a crafts/activities room, and a gift shop that sells dinosaur replicas, postcards, jewelry, rocks, books, DVD's, and other material. There is also the auditorium that holds about 30-50 seats where you can watch documentaries on dinosaurs such as "Step into the Early Jurassic"; a very informative video on the dinosaurs found in the River Valley part of the U.S. It was fascinating to note that 200 million years ago, Connecticut was located where Puerto Rico now stands! The only downside to sharing a room with children and other adults is that some people lack common social etiquette and chat away/make noise while the film plays. There should at least be one employee that monitors the going ons in that room.

Tickets are $6/per person and a must see for Dinosaur enthusiasts.

Visited May 2013
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Hamden, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
357 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Dino Tracks”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Dinosaur State Park and Museum off exit 23 on I-91 is well worth the trip. The main deal here is a dinosaur track way which shows you and your kids that there were former residents to Connecticut many millions of years ago it the Triasic. This is a place to take your kids. Besides all the inside stuff, there are hiking trails and the kids can also make plaster casts from REAL dino tracks. Take your kids, they will love it.

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Oakdale, Connecticut, United States
Level 6 Contributor
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“Footprints”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

This Dinosaur trail location is really suitable for older kids with interest in the extinct reptiles. It is very interesting to see where a large and varied group of dinosaur stomped over a piece of ancient ground - here in CT and not some far away exotic place.

There are artifacts on display and some life sized dino replicas, and even an outside nature trail. But the sole reason to visit is to see the foot prints.

This location is one of a kind, with a large slab of rock, that was once mud, that clearly shows footprints and paths taken. The "Rock" has had a building built around it, so you are indoors the whole time (except for the nature trail) You walk on a platform the circles around the rock and can see each footprint clearly. You do not get to touch or walk over this exhibit.

This location is not for everyone and certainly not for all families, It truly is only for those with interest in dino's. The paid portion of the exhibit can be completed in 20 minutes. If you dont enjoy dino facts, this will be to long for you. If you have a strong interest you can extend for a few more minutes, but you will still be finished within 45 minutes.

Visited August 2012
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