Roar-Worthy Getaways for Dinosaur-Loving Kids

"Jurassic World," the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, has broken box-office records, and folks have become fascinated about dinosaurs all over again. Here's where to take your dinosaur-loving kid on a prehistoric adventure.

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    There's no place in North America with a richer dinosaur legacy than Utah. Here are seven must-see dinosaur attractions in the Beehive State.

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    Dinosaur Place Connecticut
    ••• Dinosaur Place

    Yes, really. The Connecticut Dino Trail boasts a nice array of dinosaur-themed attractions, including one of the largest dinosaur track sites in America.

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    Colorado Tourism Dinosaur Tracks
    ••• Colorado Tourism

    Discovering dinosaur remains in Colorado is a great adventure for kids and adults, especially while on nature hikes. In Pickwire Canyonlands, south of LaJunta in Southern Colorado, you can hike (or bike or ride a horse) to see the largest accumulation of dinosaur tracks in North America. 

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    Dinosaur Provincial Park Alberta fossil safari
    ••• Dinosaur Provincial Park

    Witness the Canadian badlands and participate in an authentic dinosaur dig in this UNESCO World Heritage Site near Brooks, Alberta. 

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    Dinosaur Valley State Park dinosaur tracks
    ••• Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

    At Dinosaur Valley State Park, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River and kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge.

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    Also in the Lone Star State, Waco Mammoth National Monument is one of the most significant Ice Age fossil beds in the world. To date, 23 Columbian mammoths, a camel, and the tooth from a saber tooth tiger have been found.

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    Big Brook Preserve in New Jersey

    The first dinosaur fossils were found in—wait for it—New Jersey, whose low-lying areas were largely wetlands 145 million years ago. One fossil hot spot is Big Brook Preserve in Colt's Neck, where families can go on fossil digs. Or visit the Dinosaur Den at the Morris Museum to touch a real dinosaur egg, follow dinosaur tracks, make a dinosaur track rubbing, and hear the simulated sound of a honking Hadrosaur. The state has yielded some of the earliest mammal fossils in the world, including a very rare baby mastadon and the duck-billed Hadrosaur.

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    Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
    ••• Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

    Prehistoric rhinoceroses and horses died of volcanic ash inhalation here 12 million years ago. Today this active fossil dig lets families experience the same joy and adventure as the paleontologists who study fossils for a living.

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    New York City's American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History T Rex
    ••• American Museum of Natural History

    Plan a trip to New York City and spend a day or two at the world's biggest and most famous dinosaur museum. 

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    Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences

    Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia
    ••• Academy of Natural Sciences

    Feast your eyes on a 42-foot-long skeleton of Giganotosaurus and more than 30 other dinosaurs, including Deinonychus, Chasmosaurus, and Corythosaurus.

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    Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    ••• Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    Take a trip to Cleveland and visit the only museum where you can see Nanotyrannus and Albertaceratops.

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