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“Good time, but too short”
Review of Field Station: Dinosaurs - MOVED

Field Station: Dinosaurs
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Field Station: Dinosaurs is a thrilling dinosaur expedition featuring 30 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus). Meet a 15-foot T-Rex puppet, enjoy our new 3D movie and see the park come to life with dinosaur wranglers and troubadors at this interactive outdoor adventure in New Jersey's Overpeck Park.
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We bought our tickets on living social so we paid about $24 for 2 adults (beats the full price at $25/ adult). I have always been an avid lover of dinosaurs so was pretty excited to see them "alive". The $10 to park was ridiculous and the $22 for the picture (even though it turned out great) was a bit much. The visit was very short, we had expected more but were let down by only visiting for an hour and spent an hour driving to get there and 45 minutes the way back. We wished the dinosaurs walked a little so when I was taking pictures I tried to make the effect of them "chasing" us, which was pretty cool. The park was well kept and the views were pretty nice. We had a good time and made the most of it. We were probably the only people that didn't have children, but when you wanted to be a paleontologist at age 3, it was kind of hard to pass this offer up. I would say to give it a shot, but definitely better off photoshopping yourself into pics instead!! Most importantly have fun and use your imagination!

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Regarding the price - we got half-price tickets from Amazon Local, and that made a positive difference in our rating. We did our best and we stretched out our visit to two hours. The short visit was why it was not five stars.

The place itself is pretty neat. My kids are a bit older, and they liked it. All the sounds were active and movement. A very few dinosaurs did not move. You will be a little surprised that some of them do look kind of real, especially because there is foliage around. We took some videos and pictures. The kids could not touch the dinosaurs on display, but they were very close to the ropes so you could get some funny pictures of "Look out, there's a dinosaur behind you!!".

As noted, our visit was two hours including watching two shows (not the 3D movie) and the digging. There are five or more other shows. The park is pretty small, and you walk from one dinosaur (or more than one in some cases) to the next, maybe 50 feet or a little more apart. The walking is flat mostly, and there is a path which is either a little steep for young kids, or you can take the accessible path. The digging was kind of eh, older kids would not like it. We saw a show about dragons which was neat, and one about rocks which the kids liked as well. Be aware that one of the issues for older kids (above age 8) is that the younger kids will be calling out and interfering with presentations that are more geared towards the 8 - 12 crowd.

My 16 year old was not bored to tears, he agreed that some of the dinosaurs were pretty neat, and there was scientific info at each display. The outdoor setting is pretty cool, so a nice change from museums. The models themselves seem well-made and kept up.

A great deal if you can get the half-price tickets. Yes, there is a $10 environmental (mass transit users and buses don't pay it) parking fee, but it is in/adjacent to a city park so that is expected. A summer note: it is mostly outside but they had some fans with water spray occasionally, and a few of the indoor things had air conditioning. The site has shade in areas, but usually you are walking in the sun.

It's not Disney, but it is nice trip for younger kids especially, and older kids with interest in dinosaurs. I would say at least 15 different dinosaurs were there.

(also, as others noted, bathroom facilities were rare and looked to be porta potties - nice ones - only)

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Hugely disappointed in this place. For what you pay to go here, it's WAY overpriced. First, the town of Secaucus charges you $10 to park in the lot. It's then $25 for adult admission and $20 for children. I wouldn't have minded paying this for a better place. Here's what I didn't like:

1. Even though the dinosaurs themselves are pretty neat, half of them barely move at all and are nothing to write home about.

2. The layout is not very extensive and you can see all of the dinosaurs in a half-hour or 40 minutes at most.

3. Very lame food choices.

4. Bathrooms are disgusting.

5. Most of the "shows" are weak and not very exciting.

6. At most points, the trail is quite narrow so you inevitably encounter people and camp kids standing across the width of it just blocking anybody wanting to get through (especially fun with a stroller!).

7. In order to make it look like a paleontologist outpost and dig site, they had little tents set up everywhere to serve as filler. "Ooooh, look kids, another 2-person Coleman tent!"

8. You have to walk through the cramped gift shop and navigate around a horde of adults and kids to get out of the place.

I'm a science teacher and love this stuff, but I can't recommend Field Station: Dinosaurs. It's just a notch above a roadside attraction and is not worth the money. You're better off going for a free hike on a nearby local trail and observing real wildlife. (They were pushing season passes there. Why would you need to go to this place more than once?!)

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful experience with children under 8 years old , the dinosaurs are live size and impressive for young ones , they roar, for digging they have an area that they can dig for bones with shovels and brushes provided. A a nice show with a dinosaur,puppet and audience participation. My grandson 6 , loved it and had fun , not cheap $17.50 per child and $20 for adults.
Nice for picture taking.
M.Medina

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I went with four kids (the six-year-old is a dinosaur junkie) and assorted other relatives. The kids were NOT disappointed although my oldest could see that the park is still a work in progress. All the dinosaurs do is wiggle their heads and tails while roaring, but that's enough to make a good illusion!

Free tips:

1. As other commenters noted, wear shoes, not sandals. The walking paths are mostly dust and pebbles.

2. Food options aren't good - microwaved chicken nuggets, burgers cooked on a small outdoor grill (okay), hot dogs, pizza (didn't try), not much else. Lunch lines get VERY long. However, Field Station Dinosaurs hasn't yet figured out the art of restricting coolers to maximize their own profit, so take full advantage of that.

3. Attend as many different shows as you can - the dinosaurs themselves only take about an hour, but you can stretch your visit out into a full day by hopping from event to event. We lasted five hours and didn't do everything we hoped to do (in part because my kids did the "fossil dig" sandpit twice).

4. Don't bother upgrading to the Commander's Pass unless it's super hot and you'll need an AC break. There are more than enough free activities.

5. Full price is a bit much (especially with the $10 parking - but that's Secaucus' fault, not theirs). Look for online coupons... we got lucky.

Thank Ray R
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