Dinosaurs have always sparked our imaginations, and with the opening of the movie Jurassic World, here are several places to dig up some Dino Fun.
Trapped In Time At The La Brea Tar Pits
One of my favorite places to visit as a child was the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. I would stand at the edge of the pit and marvel at the Mastodon’s trapped in the tar. Although, the most common fossils found at the Rancho La Brea site have been Dire Wolves, Coyotes, as well as Saber-Toothed Cats.
The tar at the site still bubbles from the natural gases trapped beneath. The site is a time capsule, in which prehistoric animals and birds roaming the area became trapped in the tar, and made easy targets for predators like the wolves and big cats, which also got stuck. It was an endless cycle as you’ll find out as you roam the exhibits within the Page Museum.
Stop and watch the team of paleontologists at the Fossil Lab as they continue to uncover new fossils found in Project 23. This project has uncovered many Ice Age fossils that were trapped in the tar in the Los Angeles Basin between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Tickets are available for the Ice Age Encounter Stage Show in the Page Museum that features a life-size adult Saber-toothed Cat puppet. Combined with a live performance and film projections, the encounter uncovers the mysteries behind the animals that roamed the area. The Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits host many exhibits, programs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year so check out their website for updates.
Explore The Wall Of Bones At The Dinosaur National Monument
Prehistoric treasures await to be discovered at the Dinosaur National Monument, where you’ll find the final resting place of almost 100 dinosaurs in the Wall of Bones. This one-of-a-kind Wall of Bones measures 50 feet high and 200 feet long, and “a portion of the Wall of Bones is even open for a hands-on experience where you can touch the actual dinosaur bones,” according to Sonya Popelka, the monument’s interpretive operations supervisor.
The Wall of Bones is just the beginning of the fossil-friendly attractions found in Utah’s Dinosaurland. The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum features a Dinosaur Garden with life-size dinosaur replicas, and Red Fleet State Park is covered with hundreds of three-toed dinosaur tracks.
The 210,000-acre Dinosaur National Monument is marking its centennial this year, and this season there will be many special events recognizing the Dinosaur Centennial. Many of the monthly activities throughout the year will focus on the various reasons why the monument remains an important place for scientists, history buffs, artists and adventure enthusiasts.
“Kids love learning about dinosaurs, especially at the Wall of Bones,” said Lesha Coltharp, director of tourism for Utah’s Dinosaurland. “Whether you’re traveling with little ones or adventure-seeking teenagers, Dinoland www.dinoland.com is the best way to make a vacation both fun and educational.”
From dinosaur bones and ancient petroglyphs, to trophy fishing and epic road trips, Dinosaurland provides something for everyone.
Dino Fun At Jurassic Quest At Richland County Fairgrounds
For Dino fans visiting Ohio, the Richland County Fairgrounds offers more dino fun at Jurassic Quest in mid July.
“Jurassic Quest’s highly educational and thrilling adventure is ideal for travelers of all ages,”said Lee Tasseff, president of the Mansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau. When you arrive you’ll don’t be surprised if you happen to run into a adolescent T-Rex or Spinosaurus, which will be walking around greeting guest.
You’ll also discover life-like baby Triceratops and Camarasaurus puppets, over 50 life-size, ultra-realistic animatronic dinosaurs, and prehistoric educational entertainment that includes multiple science stations, guided dinosaur tours, fossil digs and more engaging hands on activities.
Children will especially enjoy visiting the craft stations that are filled with all the supplies needed to color and create a paper dinosaur.
The Dinosaur National Monument was established on October 4, 1915, and is located just three hours east of Salt Lake City in Vernal.
One of the amazing things to consider when viewing the dinosaur fossils at Dinosaur National Monument is that they’ve been there for around 149 million years.
Along with plenty of recreation to experience in the area of Mansfield, Ohio, families will also enjoy visiting the Mansfield Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, and Richland Carrousel Park.
To explore area attractions, festivals, recreation and packages available call the Mansfield & Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 642-8282 or visit their website www.MansfieldTourism.com.
More Dino Fun:
If you’re in New York be sure to visit the American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street, which is a must see for dinosaur fans. As one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, the museum has a series of fossil halls where you can explore more on these prehistoric creatures. While visiting the museum you’ll find the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is always amazing to look at and imagine just how big it was. With a 4-foot-long jaw, and 6-inch-long teeth, the Tyrannosaurus Rex was powerful and one of the largest theropod dinosaurs that ever existed.