Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photo by Louie Psihoyos/Corbis.
Design by Jennifer Fox for World traveling club Travel.
 Maybe you’re fan of Jurassic World or happen to have a household
of dinosaur-obsessed children who can talk endlessly about the difference
between Apatosaurus and Deinonychus.
Well you’re in luck, because the US has some of the best dinosaur
related spots in the world.
Here’s a look at some of the top places to get your dino on, from
joining a fossil dig to looking at skeletons and animated replicas.
Related: Dinosaurs (Almost) Come to Life at This Science ExhibitDinosaur
National Monument, Utah and Arizona Photo: NPS
This national park, which
straddles Utah and Arizona, contains the motherlode of dinosaur fossils.
Dinosaur National Monument is home to the largest quarry of Jurassic Period
dinosaur bones ever discovered.
Visitors can see a 200-foot exposed quarry wall in the visitor center which
showcases exposed dino bones from Stegosaurus, among others.
Beyond the bones, the monument also offers hikes, scenic drives, and
whitewater rafting.
$10 per vehicle.
 PaleoWorld Research Foundation, Jordan, Mont.
Photo: PaleWorld Research Foundation
Adults and children can join
paleontologists from this non-profit foundation to help dig for fossils in the
area known as the Hell Creek Formation, near the small town of Jordan.
A typical day could include prospecting (i.
e.
, digging) for the likes of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex
fossils.
Any discoveries are put into the collections of Garfield County Museum.
Dig season runs June 1 through July 31, and the cost is $170 per day for
adults, and $150 per child 15 and under.
Related: Adventures in Montana You Don’t Want to MissDinosaur Valley
State Park, Glen Rose, Tex.
Head to Texas to literally follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs.
The bed of the Paluxy River at the Dinosaur Valley State Park contains
dinosaur tracks from sauropods (large elephant-like tracks) as well as
theropods (smaller and often with a three-toed pattern).
Be sure to check river conditions before you set out though.
The park also has area to hike, mountain bike and fish.
Entrance fee is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
Connecticut Dinosaur Trail, Conn.

Photo: Peter Rivera/Flickr
Connecticut may not be as closely
associated with dinosaurs as say, Utah or Colorado, but this tiny state offers
up some dino gems.
Stop at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to see prehistoric
skeletons of Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, and more.
In the Discovery Room, kids and adults can open drawers to touch the fossil
of a Grallator dinosaur track or a Woolly Mammoth tooth, as well as rocks and
minerals.
The room also features to-scale replicas of dinosaur footprints.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village has more than 40 life-sized
dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus and more (mostly statues and one animatronic
dino) on 1.
5 miles of nature trails.
And for cooling off, SplashPad, is a dinosaur-themed water park.

Astro Gallery of Gems, New York Photo: Astro Gallery of GemsWhile taking
your kids to a fancy showroom on Fifth Avenue may not be the first idea that
comes to mind, take the whole family to Astro Gallery of Gems, which sells
rare, museum quality dinosaur fossils.
Feel free to just browse, or splurge on a Diplodocus foot ($1850) discovered
in Wyoming, or a Velociraptor claw ($12,500) that is approximately 75 million
years old.
Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha, Wis.
Photo: Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Located midway
between Chicago and Milwaukee, this museum opened in 2006 and focuses
exclusively on the link between modern birds and meat-eating dinosaurs.
Visitors can see life-scale replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex among others, and
check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s paleontology lab.
Kids can get dirty every Saturday and Sunday at Dino Digs, where they can use
paleontologist’s tools and dig for fossils at simulated excavation
sites.
Sorry kids — the fossils stay at the museum.
No admission fee but a $2 donation is suggested.
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore
Photo: MDSCIHead to the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit at the Maryland Science
Center to literally walk in the footsteps of a paleontologist.
The exhibit hall showcases over a dozen full-size dinosaurs replicas (like T.
Rex), and visitors can walk through a landscape that features dig pits, a
field lab, and excavation sites.
Kids can also touch a Triceratops skull or grab a brush to help search for
fossil replicas.
Look out for live lizards and toads, too.
Admission is $20.
95 for adults and $16.
95 for children ages 3-12.
Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colo.

Photo: Museum of Western Colorado/Facebook
If you want to live out your
dinosaur hunter fantasies, head to Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond to join
paleontologists from the Museum of Western Colorado on a fossil via the
Dinosaur Journey Dino Digs.
Sign up for the Jurassic Gladiator Pit: The Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig
and help search for dinosaur bones.
Fossil from the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh eating Allosaurus, are common
in the quarry, and any discoveries are sent to the museum.
(Minimum age is five, $140 per participant).
Or try a three-day adventure along the Colorado River where the group will
discover canyons, tracks, and the geologic history of Western Colorado in
addition to digging.
Minimum age is eight, $375 per participant.
 Related: 4 Great Colorado Dude Ranches for the Cowgirl in EveryoneThe
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodlawn Park, Colo.
Photo: VisitCOS.
com
This kid-friendly museum displays dinosaur skeletons (T.
Rex, Triceratops, and others) fossils, and prehistoric marine reptiles.
Visitors can also take a peek at a working paleontology lab where specimens
are being freed from rocks and restored.
In the children’s area, pint-sized visitors can brush off fossils in
their dig box.
Parents be warned — the museum is also home to Colorado’s
largest dinosaur store.
Adults, $11.
50, children five-12, $7.
50.

American Museum of Natural History, New York
Photo: Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis
This legendary museum is home to the
world’s largest dinosaur fossil collection with over 100 specimens- 85
percent of them are fossils rather than casts and what’s on display
represents only a fraction of the museum’s inventory.
Expect to spend all day in the David H.
Koch Dinosaur Wing.
Highlights include everyone’s favorite dinosaur, the mighty
Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as an Apatosaurus.
Don’t miss the Discovery Room, where visitors can assemble a
life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus, a 14-foot long reptile from the late
Triassic Period, and handle real fossils.
Suggested admission prices are $22 (adults) $17 (students/seniors), $12.
50 (children).
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Related: Adventures in Montana You Don’t Want to MissDinosaur Valley
State Park, Glen Rose, Tex.
Head to Texas to literally follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs.
The bed of the Paluxy River at the Dinosaur Valley State Park contains
dinosaur tracks from sauropods (large elephant-like tracks) as well as
theropods (smaller and often with a three-toed pattern).
Be sure to check river conditions before you set out though.
The park also has area to hike, mountain bike and fish.
Entrance fee is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
Connecticut Dinosaur Trail, Conn.

Photo: Peter Rivera/Flickr
Connecticut may not be as closely
associated with dinosaurs as say, Utah or Colorado, but this tiny state offers
up some dino gems.
Stop at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to see prehistoric
skeletons of Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, and more.
In the Discovery Room, kids and adults can open drawers to touch the fossil
of a Grallator dinosaur track or a Woolly Mammoth tooth, as well as rocks and
minerals.
The room also features to-scale replicas of dinosaur footprints.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village has more than 40 life-sized
dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus and more (mostly statues and one animatronic
dino) on 1.
5 miles of nature trails.
And for cooling off, SplashPad, is a dinosaur-themed water park.

Astro Gallery of Gems, New York Photo: Astro Gallery of GemsWhile taking
your kids to a fancy showroom on Fifth Avenue may not be the first idea that
comes to mind, take the whole family to Astro Gallery of Gems, which sells
rare, museum quality dinosaur fossils.
Feel free to just browse, or splurge on a Diplodocus foot ($1850) discovered
in Wyoming, or a Velociraptor claw ($12,500) that is approximately 75 million
years old.
Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha, Wis.
Photo: Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Located midway
between Chicago and Milwaukee, this museum opened in 2006 and focuses
exclusively on the link between modern birds and meat-eating dinosaurs.
Visitors can see life-scale replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex among others, and
check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s paleontology lab.
Kids can get dirty every Saturday and Sunday at Dino Digs, where they can use
paleontologist’s tools and dig for fossils at simulated excavation
sites.
Sorry kids — the fossils stay at the museum.
No admission fee but a $2 donation is suggested.
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore
Photo: MDSCIHead to the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit at the Maryland Science
Center to literally walk in the footsteps of a paleontologist.
The exhibit hall showcases over a dozen full-size dinosaurs replicas (like T.
Rex), and visitors can walk through a landscape that features dig pits, a
field lab, and excavation sites.
Kids can also touch a Triceratops skull or grab a brush to help search for
fossil replicas.
Look out for live lizards and toads, too.
Admission is $20.
95 for adults and $16.
95 for children ages 3-12.
Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colo.

Photo: Museum of Western Colorado/Facebook
If you want to live out your
dinosaur hunter fantasies, head to Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond to join
paleontologists from the Museum of Western Colorado on a fossil via the
Dinosaur Journey Dino Digs.
Sign up for the Jurassic Gladiator Pit: The Mygatt-Moore Quarry One Day Dig
and help search for dinosaur bones.
Fossil from the giant Apatosaurus and the flesh eating Allosaurus, are common
in the quarry, and any discoveries are sent to the museum.
(Minimum age is five, $140 per participant).
Or try a three-day adventure along the Colorado River where the group will
discover canyons, tracks, and the geologic history of Western Colorado in
addition to digging.
Minimum age is eight, $375 per participant.
 Related: 4 Great Colorado Dude Ranches for the Cowgirl in EveryoneThe
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodlawn Park, Colo.
Photo: VisitCOS.
com
This kid-friendly museum displays dinosaur skeletons (T.
Rex, Triceratops, and others) fossils, and prehistoric marine reptiles.
Visitors can also take a peek at a working paleontology lab where specimens
are being freed from rocks and restored.
In the children’s area, pint-sized visitors can brush off fossils in
their dig box.
Parents be warned — the museum is also home to Colorado’s
largest dinosaur store.
Adults, $11.
50, children five-12, $7.
50.

American Museum of Natural History, New York
Photo: Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis
This legendary museum is home to the
world’s largest dinosaur fossil collection with over 100 specimens- 85
percent of them are fossils rather than casts and what’s on display
represents only a fraction of the museum’s inventory.
Expect to spend all day in the David H.
Koch Dinosaur Wing.
Highlights include everyone’s favorite dinosaur, the mighty
Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as an Apatosaurus.
Don’t miss the Discovery Room, where visitors can assemble a
life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus, a 14-foot long reptile from the late
Triassic Period, and handle real fossils.
Suggested admission prices are $22 (adults) $17 (students/seniors), $12.
50 (children).
WATCH: Spend the Best Day of Your Life in an Elephant Retirement Home
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" These spots across the US are must-sees for dino lovers.

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