Dinosaur Discovery Site St. George
Where is it at?
Dinosaur Discovery Site
2180 East Riverside
Tel: 435 574-3466
Where are we going today?
It’a dinosaur time! The Dinosaur Discovery Site is a fascinating, fun and educational experience for those kids who just can’t get enough of our prehistoric friends.
The site represents discoveries from an Early Jurassic period, around the lakeside area. There are thousands of tracks which have been found, from carnivorous dinosaurs that once roamed the shoreline. (Don’t know what carnivorous means? Kids, all the more reason to head down to find out!)
These tracks are incredibly preserved in sandstone which has captured for millions of years the details of the print and the actions that the dinosaur was doing – how amazing is that!? It’s incredible to imagine how something can survive millions of years, but they do. And just as well, because now families can all enjoy them!
Because of its location on that amazing prehistoric lake, they also have the largest collection of dinosaur swim tracks on display!
To really tell the story, the Dinosaur Discovery Site have reproductions of these remarkable tracks and dinosaurs which created them, as well as incredible displays of something other find, such as dinosaur eggs, and information on how these dinos got their names. Why do you think the T-Rex was called T-Rex?
We of course have saved the best til last! There is an super fun interactive children’s area where they can do dinosaur stencils and rubbings, play with a host of dinosaur toys, and try and conquer those dinosaur puzzles. There are even “finds” outside the building where bones can be touched and looked for – they can be real archaeologists!
Get those archaeology hats on, we’re going back in time to the Jurassic period!
How much does it cost?
- Children$3 (ages 4 - 11)
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
Winter hours Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm. Summer hours Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm. Sun 11am - 5pm
Winter Oct 1 - Feb 28. Summer Mar 1 - Sept 30.
The museum is an amazing classroom for kids to learn about what the earth was like millions of years ago, and the creatures that roamed it! .
Any Top Tips?
Open all year round! They are indoors so don't you worry about the weather, but if it's nice outside they have things for kids to do out in the sun if they like! .
Doing our bit
The museum has been finding and preserving dinosaur tracks in the region to ensure these amazing historic discoveries can be studied and in turn, used to educate on our brilliant history. .
Need a little extra help?
All the walkways and ramps are ADA appropriate. There is also a large parking lot with handicap spaces. Service animals are also allowed. .
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is of course dino-tastic! From books, toys, to educational fun for kids, make sure you save those pennies just in case you spot something you like! .
If you want to support the museum, you can become a volunteer, or even adopt a track or become a member - all helps to keep this amazing museum running! .
What people are saying?
by Brook Price
Johnson's Farm is an historic gem! One of my students (Michael) who came from Scotland was passionate about history and archaeology in general. Michael was given the rare opportunity to intern at the Dinosaur Discovery Site while he was at Forte Strong. Rusty (the museum director) was amazing! She had him trained and soon let him get his feet wet by allowing him to guide some of the museum tours. Michael absolutely loved this opportunity. In fact, he loved it so much that both the museum and Forte Strong collaborated together to create a video about...Read More
by David Beauchamp
Great place to see fossilized dino prints and other great information from an active dig site. I would recommend this as a stop for anyone travelling through.
The only issue we had is the one of the employees that worked at the museum. We were asked if we could sign in, and asked us where we were from. We mentioned we were from California, and another older woman replied "well finish up and go home". I didnt think much of it. Perhaps someone else might find it quite insulting.
by Serban Dumitrescu
Cool especially if with toddlers.
by David Merrell
Definitely run on a very tight budget, but doing great with what they have. Highly recommend taking time to stop.
by Ken Horkavy
Exceptional hands on museum with live work on anchient rocks you can see!! Once in a lifetime for the dino lover. They need to work on welcoming people, not making them uncomfortable at the door and rushing them into a sit down film.
by Brook Price
Johnson's Farm is an historic gem! One of my students (Michael) who came from Scotland was passionate about history and archaeology in general. Michael was given the rare opportunity to intern at the Dinosaur Discovery Site while he was at Forte Strong. Rusty (the museum director) was amazing! She had him trained and soon let him get his feet wet by allowing him to guide some of the museum tours. Michael absolutely loved this opportunity. In fact, he loved it so much that both the museum and Forte Strong collaborated together to create a video about his experience.