The trees stretch up towards the sky and we are starting to feel like we're on a nature hike when suddenly there in front of us is a dinosaur. A huge dinosaur with a small baby near by. It looks lifelike and for a moment I'm quite sure it's going to move towards us or run away. Of course it's not because as my five year old reminds me the dinosaurs aren't on Earth anymore.
We are on a day trip to The Dinosaur Place in Connecticut. We met some wonderful friends who live in the Boston area for a fun day and I doubt there is a more perfect spot. Together our five kids, ages 2-9, spend the next five hours romping through the forest, climbing logs, exploring mazes, and playing in the splash park. If you're looking for a fun escape, this is a great one.
*From New York, specifically Brooklyn, it took about 3 hours in heavy traffic to get to The Dinosaur Place. It took about 1 1/2 from the Boston area.
*There is an indoor and outdoor part. The indoor part costs an additional amount if you want to do that as well. We only did the outdoor part and easily filled our day. The kids were not ready to leave. See full pricing information here.
*Parking is free.
*There are changing rooms, bathrooms, a cafe, and a picnic area. We packed our lunches and carried them in.
*You can certainly visit with all ages, but keep in mind that some kids might be afraid of the giant lifelike dinosaurs. Even then the playground and splash pad are a blast, but the trails in particular could be frightening to some children.
As I mentioned above, we only did the outdoor sections and easily filled 5 hours.
There are several trails that run around the 60 acres of woodlands. The trails are easy and short, perfect for little legs and they will lead you to 40 life-sized dinosaurs.
When we first arrived it was raining but we powered on and I was so glad we did. The tree cover generally protected us from the rain and the kids were unphased by the sprinkles as they ran around the trails.
Called the A"MAZE"asuarus, this was a blast. Our kids raced around the walls trying to find their way out.
When you do find your way out, you are greeted by a huge T-Rex mouth at the head of a slide.
The playground was huge and I completely forgot to take a better picture. This climbing area was a huge hit with my kids. There were also a couple of regular playgrounds and huge spider web to climb. This could easily be fun for at least an hour. On a cooler day, this probably could have been the highlight of our visit, but our kids quickly spotted the water!
This was probably our favorite part. My kids love water and all 5 kids loved the Splash Pad.
This was great for all ages and completely huge. On one end was a water table and some more gentle splashing elements.
On the other end were larger elements with heavier water. Something for all ages.
If you're looking for a fun and unique summer adventure, look no further than the trails, mazes, and splashing of The Dinosaur Place.
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