If you are hanging out at Disney World and find that there simply are not enough dinosaurs in your life, head over to Disney Springs and have a meal at T-Rex Cafe, a restaurant that will satiate your Jurassic cravings with options like “mastodon stuffed chicken,” “tar pit fried shrimp” and “chocolate extinction.” Dine with pterodactyls, Triceratops and dinosaur skeletons or with a giant octopus and jellyfish at the under-the-sea bar. The Tyrannosaurus rex and woolly mammoth get lively during the regularly scheduled meteor showers.
Travel back in time at the Giants of Mesozoic exhibit, set in Patagonia, Argentina. Skeletal casts of the four-legged, long-necked Argentinosaurus, the largest known dinosaur measuring at 123-feet long, and a Giganotaurus, the largest known meat-eating dinosaur which stood on two feet at a mere 47-feet long, are locked in battle while Pterodaustros and Anhangueras fly overhead. The Dinosaur Gallery has life-sized models and murals of the ancient reptiles that once roamed what is now Georgia, and outside at Dinosaur Plaza are bronze statues depicting a family of Laphorhothon atopus which look similar to Ducky in the Land Before Time cartoons.Read MoreCourtesy of The Field Museum
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, is most notable for SUE, the largest and best-preserved T. rex yet to be discovered. The fossilized skull of this carnivorous creature weighs 600 pounds, so heavy that it is displayed elsewhere in the museum while a replica crowns the skeletal display. Be sure to arrive early enough to catch SUE Talk at noon, a 20-minute docent-led tour. Don’t miss the Evolving Planet exhibit either which has fossils and models of dinosaurs from every major category, including a Triceratops, a giant sloth and a woolly mammoth.Read MoreiStockphoto.com / nata_zhekova
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The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center’s Dig for a Day program offers a hands-on experience that will be sure to create great vacation memories. After a short orientation, participants are shuttled to a dig site to search for fossils. Any time a bone is discovered, a technician helps to properly excavate and document the find, and while the center keeps all fossils, the finder’s name, the bone and its location are documented in the registry. The day ends with a guided tour of the museum where you will see Stan, a 35-foot T. rex, and Jimbo, a Supersaurus that is one of the largest dinosaurs ever to be mounted.Read More
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