Oakdale, Connecticut: The Dinosaur PlaceOver 40 life-size dinosaurs along 1.5 miles of wooded trails, plus an erupting volcanic island in a lake, and a fake cave inhabited by a Dilophosaurus that spits water on you if you get too close.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art
- 1650 Hartford New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT
- The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art. From New Haven, I-95 North to Exit 74, Route 161. Turn left onto 161. Go about 5 miles to Route 85. Turn left onto Route 85 for 1/2 mile. Previously reported as in Chesterfield and Montville.
- April-Nov. daily 10-6 (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About The Dinosaur Place
He is decorated for the season. For Fathers' Day, he was sporting a giant striped tie![Prudence Tippins, 06/22/2011]
Coke Can Dinosaur
The dinosaur outside of The Dino Place is still there, but currently does not have the Coke can or sun glasses on.[Mike Bartkowiak, 05/31/2011]
He looks really angry about that.
The Dinosaur Place
The Dinosaur Place has a really great T. Rex statue out in front. When I went by, he was wearing shades and holding a Coke can that kind of ruined the effect, but I suppose that's his summer attire.
There are 25 other dinosaur statues along the park's trails, including one that I could see through the fence that was at least 30 feet tall. Unfortunately, I was on my way to a meeting and couldn't take the time to see the rest of them. There's also a maze, a water park, and a place for kids to dig for gems and fossils.[Dean Jeffrey, 09/12/2009]
The T-Rex is called Monty. The place is called Dinosaur Place. Lots of life-size dinosaurs are in the woods around a pond. A volcano goes off every hour in the pond. Also a small water play area and a dinosaur-themed playground. Ice cream shop and an indoor building has mining activities. My kids loved it.[Lori, 03/17/2009]
Grabbed brochure at our local attractions display: "prehistoric outdoor exploration and discovery on 50 acres of pristine woodlands. Encounter over 25 life-sized dinosaurs set amid miles of easy walking trails." "Your journey begins by walking under the belly of the 'long-neck' Brachiosaurus, an immense creature that measures 75 feet long and 40 feet tall - large enough to drive a car under!" Other things you can do indoors at an additional cost: panning for gold, digging up fossils and digging for gems in a mine.[melissa, 07/26/2005]
"Dinosaur Crossing" has been renamed "Dinosaur Place."