After the release of Jurassic World, a new generation of budding paleontologist is now stalking the planet, hunting for fossils in their backyard. If this sounds familiar and you or yours are dreaming of coming up close to these ancient behemoths, fear not! There are plenty of outdoor dinosaur parks around the world to satisfy your dino-sized urges without the need for protective gear or random bloodshed. Our list of the most incredible of these dinosaur parks, ranging from lovable and quaint to sprawling and state-of-the-art, is here to introduce you to these wonderful creatures, sometimes in just the most fun way possible!
Where: Crystal Palace Park, England
Unveiled in 1854, Dinosaur Court was the first dinosaur park of the world. Crystal Palace Park is a large park in South London that has a good range of habitats, including a lake, which is valuable for water birds.
Attractions: The park is home to some full-size dinosaurs – models built by the Victorians. These Crystal Palace dinosaurs were the first sculptures of their kind and while very large and impressive, are not always scientifically accurate. It has a number of outstanding sculptures, replicas of prehistoric beasts on display that are sure to catch the imagination in a manner that massive fossil collections and cast skeletons simply can’t match.
Where: Plant City, USA
This state-of-the-art amusement park in Florida is one of the three Dinosaur World’s with the other two being in Kentucky and Texas.
Attractions: It stands out with its huge number of over 150 life-sized dinosaurs. It is also a great place to learn about paleontology and geology as well. By conserving prehistoric plant life, it immerses you in into an age gone by with little signs along the way to describe them. Children can also enjoy digging up actual fossils or stare at a full-scale dinosaur skeleton.
Where: Munchehagen, Germany
This incredible open-air dinosaur park is located in Germany’s Lower Sacony in Münchehagen. It is home to the 148-foot Seismosaurus, the world’s largest dinosaur model and built around real dinosaur trails.
Attractions: Boasting over 220 life-size model dinosaurs, its 2.5-mile circular track will guide you through the ages, from the Paleozoic era, to the Mesozoic and onwards, to the Cenozoic era. If that is still not enough to impress you, it also possesses roughly 37,600 square feet of actual, preserved dinosaur tracks.
Where: Funtana, Croatia
This lively entertainment and theme park is located in the picturesque Karst Forest.
Attractions: It possesses a huge collection of animatronic dinosaurs as well as a wide range of different entertainment like circus and magic shows. It is good for a long stay, with an internet café, self-service restaurant, Dino cinema, children’s playground and a museum with dinosaur fossil remains. Children will love the open-air atmosphere, with trampolines, air castles and carousels.
Where: Santiago, Cuba
This expansive prehistoric-themed park is located inside the Bocanao National park, near the city of Santiago de Cuba.
Attractions: Opened to the public in 1980, it features more than 200 detailed models, including dinosaurs, mammoths, felines and early cave dwellers, and is called the ‘Jurassic Park’ of Cuba. This vast recreational park has lush vegetation, manufactured waterfalls and is reputed to be one of the most faithful recreations of the prehistoric atmosphere. It is a popular tourist destination and is perfect for families, providing a fun way to travel back in time.
Where: Baltow, Poland
Situated in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski near Baltow village, the Bałtów Jurassic Park is a tourist favorite with over 40 real-life dinosaur sculptures as well as a fascinating museum. Youngsters are encouraged to visit the playground area where they may participate in a number of activities.
Attractions: One of the most notable attractions is an opportunity to dig out the skeleton of a tyrannosaur as long as several meters. The park has a strong edutainment characteristic and has geology and arts workshops as well. It has improved the tourism value of the area with the quaint village of Baltow also offering other attractions like exhibitions, horse riding and water sports.
7. DINOSAURS ALIVE AT KING ISLAND
Where: Ohio, USA
King Island, the 364-acre dinosaur-themed amusement park in Mason, Ohio, is the biggest of the seven Dinosaurs Alive! parks in North America. It is the most popular in the United States and has won multiple awards globally.
Attractions: It is the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park with a 2,000 foot path that has over 50 life sized dinosaurs. When you go there, you can participate in interactive simulations or replica excavation and paleontological dig sites.
Where: Gujarat, India
India’s Jurassic Park is near Gandhinagar, Gujarat and is spread over 400 hectares and is the only dinosaur museum in the country and one of the largest hatcheries of dinosaur eggs in the world.
Attractions: Displaying life sized models of dinosaurs; this park also houses several real fossilized dinosaur eggs and skeletal parts. Alongside the dinosaurs, you can see the massive skeletons of sea mammals like the blue whale or check out the amphitheater, interpretation center and camping facilities. It is also a wilderness park, home to a plethora of wildlife and a vast botanical garden and zoo.
Where: Leba, Poland
This stunning attraction is filled with wildlife, flora and fauna that adds to the gorgeous appeal of its surroundings, even before you see the awe-inspiring dinosaurs!
Attractions: Once you do get to the creatures, the two 45 metre long Seismosaurus and the Polish Brachiosaurus are some of the most notable attractions. They even have excavating classes and digs that help you learn how to discover dinosaur skeletons.
Where: Give, Denmark
Travel back in time with this exhibit in Denmark, which has over 17 different life-size dinosaur species on display and several fun activities and exhibits for children and adults alike.
Attractions: You have to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex, over 40 metres long! There’s also the multi-ton Triceratops and activities such as the casting of dinosaur teeth and fossil hunting.
Where: Texas, USA
Kids and adults love this in equal measure! The place treats you to an experience where you see where the dinosaurs walked, how they lived and what they lived like before they got extinct!
Attractions: There are several installations and exhibits but what stands out here are the dinosaur tracking activities, the picnics, hikes and campsites along the river!