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Where to Visit with a Dinosaur-Lover


Take a peek at all the local, and some regional, opportunities to get up close and personal with fossils, dinosaur replicas, dig-pits, and more!


Virginia


Dinosaur Land | White Post, VA
This 50-year old roadside attraction features over 50 dinosaurs, inviting visitors to step into the world of the prehistoric past, turning back the pages of time to the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs were the only creatures that roamed the earth. With admission, guests are invited to walk around and explore each dinosaur (and even some oddball additions like King Kong and a praying mantis) and take pictures. You can even climb on a few. Although the overwhelming consensus is the aging park has not been maintained very well (or at all), this might be a great stop for a dinosaur lover if you are driving near or through White Post, VA.


Maryland


Dinosaur Park | Laurel, MD
Have you ever wanted to walk exactly where dinosaurs once roamed around 115 million years ago? If so, explore the region’s ancient history at this unique and important preservation site in Maryland where you can see fossils, bones, and teeth from the Cretaceous Period. Meet the paleontologists who study these amazing prehistoric relics, and learn about the plants and dinosaurs that once lived in this area on the east coast. Admission is free! Fossils are still being discovered in Dinosaur Park today — will you make the next big find?

Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
The Maryland Science Center is another must-visit for anyone in our region. This science-inspired museum encourages a lot of touching — perfect for children and families. The 170,000-square-foot space boasts many fun permanent exhibits, including Dinosaur Mysteries. Over a dozen full-size dinosaurs roam this exhibit hall and kids and adults alike can walk under, over, and through a landscape filled with dig pits, a field lab, excavation sites, and other areas of discovery.

Calvert Cliffs State Park | Lusby, MD
The massive cliffs, from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named, dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24-miles in Calvert County, MD and were formed over 10- to 20-million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded, the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds — some the size of small airplanes! The park also features a sandy beach, a recycled tire playground, fishing, a freshwater and tidal marshland, and 13-miles of hiking trails. Please note, the shortest route to the beach is 1.8-miles on the red trail and no lifeguard is present. Despite the hike, the trip is well worth it at this popular destination.

Flag Ponds Nature Park | Lusby, MD
For hundreds of years, the forces of nature have reshaped the Chesapeake Bay shoreline of Flag Ponds Nature Park, creating a remarkable variety of natural environments — from a sandy beach to freshwater ponds, to the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Flag Ponds Nature Park offers a beautiful beach right on the Chesapeake Bay. Millions of years ago, sharks, whales, crocodiles, and other creatures inhabited the waters and shores of this area. Most of these animals are now extinct, others are just no longer found here. To the sharp-eyed visitor, sharks teeth and other Miocene fossils may be found along the park’s shoreline.

Discovery Station | Hagerstown, MD
The Discovery Station’s goal is to promote informal learning about science, technology, and local history through exhibits and programs that are both educational and entertaining. Many Discovery Station exhibits are culturally rich and STEM-based. Exhibit topics include aviation, space and beyond, dinosaurs, music, agriculture, and more. A full-scale cast model of a Triceratops skull is on exhibit, as well as fossil tracings, literature, and other interactive activities providing hands-on learning experiences.


Washington, DC


The Last American Dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History | Washington, DC
Even though the iconic National Fossil Hall of the National Museum of Natural History is closed for the next couple years, until 2019, the museum still has an exhibit for dinosaur-lovers: The Last American Dinosaurs. Located on the 2nd floor, guests are invited to discover the lost world of the last dinosaurs to roam what is modern day North America sixty-six million-years ago before events caused their extinction.

 


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