Bayville, New Jersey: The Bayville Dinosaur

A modestly sized brontosaurus has been in Bayville since 1935, although it may have been built ten years earlier to promote a Hollywood film. Visible, but repairs are underway.

Heritage Square

510 Route 9 S., Bayville, NJ
Heritage Square. On the west side of US Hwy 9/Atlantic City Blvd just north of the cemetery and Butler Ave.
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Bayville Dinosaur

Although still headless (and tailless, and footless) the Bayville Dinosaur has been returned to its base along Route 9, where it's stood since the 1930s. The body has been cleaned and repaired, and the next step is for a trio of artists to re-form the saurian's various appendages, attach them, and then give the entire dino a paint job that will give it the look of aged bronze. This final work will take place next to the highway. No completion date has been announced yet, but the evolution in the dinosaur's appearance seems to have avoided its near-brush with extinction.

[Anthony Zangari, 10/05/2018]
Bayville Dinosaur

And it's gone!

[Joe Orost, 08/15/2018]

The dinosaur is currently being restored. It's supposed be back some time in September.

Paint store dinosaur.

Paint Store Dinosaur

The green dinosaur is now a light purple with white and red hand prints all over it.

[Steve Mc, 09/25/2009]

Bayville dinosaur.


If you have a thing for the giant champagne bottle, be sure to go a half mile further south on Route 9. On your right you will see a approximately twelve foot sculpture of a green dinosaur. It's a landmark here.

Someone crashed into the dinosaur a few years ago. Once it was repaired they painted it purple to give it a new, modern, Barney look?! I believe they painted it green again, because no one could give proper directions without the "green" dinosaur -- the purple dinosaur just didn't cut it.

[Gail Hickey, 12/21/2004]

April 2007: The concrete dinosaur has been in Bayville along Route 9 since 1932, according to the local historical society, and has stood in front of the House of Paints since 1957. It was recently renamed "Virginia" as part of a local student naming contest. As reported in the Ocean County Observer, "Virginia" is now covered with red, white and blue painted handprints.

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