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“Something unique that kids will enjoy” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dinosaur Gardens

Dinosaur Gardens
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ossineke
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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“Something unique that kids will enjoy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

Dinosaur Gardens is a unique place for youngsters located on US-23 in Ossineke between Harrisville & Alpena. The park consists of different very large statues of dinosaurs, all of which can be touched by kids. It was developed back in the fifties by one sculptor who created all the large statues by hand...no power tools. The current owners do a good job of keeping the park and trail clean. You walk along a hard packed gravel path (hard to push an umbrella stroller) through the woods and it took a good 30 minutes to complete the trip. There was a statue about every 50 feet. There were also a lot of mosquitos but the shade provided nice relief from the sun. The kids did love dinsosaur gardens and it was a lot bigger than we expected. Also there were some pretty graphic dinosaur fighting scenes but we just walked past those and our kids being so young did not even notice. We ended up eating a picnic lunch there by the little river that runs through since the grounds were so well kept. Be aware that the park admission only takes cash--no credit cards! The park also offers a putt-putt course but we did not play. Make sure to visit the large Flights of Imagination park across the road (the castle playground as my kids call it).

Visited July 2011
5 Thank CDJD
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