National Parks / Natural World

Prehistoric Gardens Port Orford

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Prehistoric Gardens
36848 Highway 101
Port Orford
OR
97465
Tel: 541-332-4463

Where are we going today?

Although this exhibit may be less sophisticated than the dinosaurs of Universal Studios Jurrasic Park, here children can walk through a real rain forest, produced by this part of Oregon's 80 - 100 inches of annual rainfall, and spend as much time as they like with these life-size reproductions. Each animal is identified along with a pronunciation guide for their scientific names and facts about their diet and the period in which they lived. Port Orford is a great place for prehistoric monsters. It's a genuine rain forest, sheltered in a small valley, mild in climate, drenched with rainfall; a place overrun with giant ferns, drippy mosses, and black muck soil that's not good for much else. Sculptor E.V. Nelson settled here and was inspired to build dinosaurs. He didn't stop for over 40 years, eventually incorporating his sculptures into a tourist attraction he called Prehistoric Gardens. E.V. often boasted that his life-size replicas were "scientifically correct," but his sense of color is what will impress you most. His two-dozen creations look like pop-art refugees from the Land That Earth Tones Forgot. And their authentic jungle setting wraps everything in green and shadow, ready to swallow anyone who might stray off the trail to get a better shot.
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When can we go?

Daily: 9am-Dusk

What people are saying?

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    It's a little cheesy but a nice stroll through the redwoods and a good way to break up a drive. Kids who are into dinosaurs will like it a lot.

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    It was not my first choice to go here but my fiance' wanted to. It was great - the sculptures were in great shape, the staff was wonderful and it was fun to walk through the rain forest (Ps- staff provides you with umbrellas).

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    Don't just drive on by, as I did for years. Stop and experience this marvelous, enchanting place that will change you forever. Nestled in lush old-growth forest, the founder constructed and painted statuary of many of our favorite dinosaurs with easy-to-read signs describing their histories and habitats. A pathway takes you through lush ferns, tall trees, and a delicious silence found only in such a place. A place for the present to savor our past.
    I love this attraction and am grateful for the loving care given in its planning and construction....Read More

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    We loved this place. Unfortunately we did not have our kids, which was fine as we enjoyed it but the good news is we liked it so much we will definitely be back. A must see

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    One time a truck but a deer in the dinosuars mouth outside the place. this made for an awsome pic. This place is on an awsome strech of highway (even though it gets bad during a storm) that features views of humbug mountain, and old smuggling cove that is home of the "Devils Mouth." This is some of the beautiful still wilder-than-wild oregon coastline. Some campground are near: Arizona Beach and Humbug Mountain, for those who arrive too late and would like to stay over. Wildberries, rock formations, and solitude for those looking. The attraction...Read More

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Don't just drive on by, as I did for years. Stop and experience this marvelous, enchanting place that will change you forever. Nestled in lush old-growth forest, the founder constructed and painted statuary of many of our favorite dinosaurs with easy-to-read signs describing their histories and habitats. A pathway takes you through lush ferns, tall trees, and a delicious silence found only in such a place. A place for the present to savor our past.
I love this attraction and am grateful for the loving care given in its planning and construction.

by A Google User

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One time a truck but a deer in the dinosuars mouth outside the place. this made for an awsome pic. This place is on an awsome strech of highway (even though it gets bad during a storm) that features views of humbug mountain, and old smuggling cove that is home of the "Devils Mouth." This is some of the beautiful still wilder-than-wild oregon coastline. Some campground are near: Arizona Beach and Humbug Mountain, for those who arrive too late and would like to stay over. Wildberries, rock formations, and solitude for those looking. The attraction its-self is worth the stop. As i say, "id do anything twice."

The Weather

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 72° F / 22° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: SE - 1 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 67° F / 19° C
Humidity: 68 %
Wind: N - 15 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 64° F / 18° C
Humidity: 72 %
Wind: N - 12 MPH

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