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Oakdale, Connecticut: The Dinosaur Place

Over 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) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $30, 2-5 $30, 6-17 $34, 60+ $28
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The Dinosaur Place

It's great for kids, but lame for adults.

[bsbpyt, 07/02/2017]
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.

T-Rex with product placement.

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]
Dinosaur Place - T-Rex

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]

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