Roar-Worthy Getaways for Dinosaur-Loving Kids

The David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing At The American Museum Of Natural History

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The Jurassic Park franchise continues to break 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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    Dinosaur skeleton near field in Orderville, Utah

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    There's no place in North America with a richer dinosaur legacy than Utah. Don't miss the must-see dinosaur attractions in the Beehive State, which is America's Real-Life Jurassic Park.

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    The Dinosaur Place

     The 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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    Visitors at Jurassic sauropod dinosaur tracksite Purgatoire River Colorado

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    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 landscape

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    Witness the Canadian Badlands and participate in an authentic dinosaur dig in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Brooks, Alberta.

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    Dinosaur Valley State Park dinosaur tracks
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    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.

    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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    New Jersey

    Morris Museum dinosaur

    Morris Museum


    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 Mastodon and the duck-billed Hadrosaur.

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    Ashfall Fossil Beds

     Ashfall Fossil Beds

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

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    The David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing At The American Museum Of Natural History

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    Plan a trip to New York City and spend a day or two at the world's biggest and most famous dinosaur museum, the American Museum of Natural History.

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    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 at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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    Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    Take a trip to Cleveland's Museum of Natural History and visit the only museum where you can see Nanotyrannus and Albertaceratops.