Historical Attractions

Dinosaur State Park Rocky Hill

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Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill
CT
06067
Tel: 860-257-7601

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We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. Surrounding our Exhibit Center are more than two miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum, containing more than 250 species and cultivars of conifers, as well as katsuras, ginkgoes, magnolias and other living representatives of plant families which appeared in the Age of Dinosaurs.
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    Nice little park that was very inexpensive for me and my two kids. A lot of good hands on exhibits. The trails were the best part. The video they show was over thirty years old and out of date. A few exhibits were broken so we were unable to view them. No one was running the track casting part of the part so we weren't able to do that either. That very disappointing.

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    My wife and I took our 3 & 4 year old son and daughter to the Dinosaur State Park for some educational fun.

    Upon leaving the parking lot, you aren't immediately directed to the main entrance. Make sure you walk to the second door. The first door is a classroom.

    Entrance fee was moderate and my kids qualified for free entrance.

    Once we were able to pull them away from the gift counter, we went on a walk around the footprint circle. For my little ones, it was way cool, but in my opinion, there could have been a little more interactivity and...Read More

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    Nice little park.

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    I would definitely recommend this for the kids.

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by richard canales

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My wife and I took our 3 & 4 year old son and daughter to the Dinosaur State Park for some educational fun.

Upon leaving the parking lot, you aren't immediately directed to the main entrance. Make sure you walk to the second door. The first door is a classroom.

Entrance fee was moderate and my kids qualified for free entrance.

Once we were able to pull them away from the gift counter, we went on a walk around the footprint circle. For my little ones, it was way cool, but in my opinion, there could have been a little more interactivity and eye candy for such a large space. If it was a web page, I would say that it had a lot of white space.

We then sat in on a film in a dated viewing room for which my kids had no patience. We left about 5 minutes into the film.

Next on the agenda was the classroom. Our kids got to play with dinosaur toys, rocks, and various fossils. The attendant made papier mache butterflies with the kids. They liked it.

Lastly, we went on a short hike through their red trail and to tell the truth, it was just right for my little ones. There was a more difficult trail that we passed on.

We didn't participate in making plaster castings of dinosaur prints (you have to bring your own plaster (we didn't know)).

Summary:

►The Dinosaur State Park is a nice little outing if you have young children.
►My two older kids (13 & 16) would have been bored.
►It gave me a chance to teach my little ones about a topic that I've always enjoyed.

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