This post was sponsored by Field Station Dinosaurs who provided us with complimentary admission. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about New Jersey Day Trips we think your family may enjoy.
Field Station: Dinosaurs has been on my wishlist of places to go since it first opened in Secaucus a few years ago. Last weekend I was finally able to make that happen!
I thought that Field Station Dinosaurs was amazing, and totally exceeded my already high expectations.
When you first enter the park each child gets their own “Dinosaur Credentials.” They need to carry those credentials with them throughout the day and present them at the various shows and activities.
Each time you watch a show or participate in activity you get a stamp on your credentials. If you have 6 stamps at the end of the day you get named a “super paleontologist” and an official member of the Field Station: Dinosaur team. I thought this was such a great way to keep kids engaged and eager to participate in the various shows and activities. When my daughter got her 6th stamp she jumped for joy. Both of my children’s credentials are proudly hanging in their rooms.
Once the credentials are handed out you actually get to enter the park. Right away there are several dinosaurs waiting to greet you. The first dinosaur is the Dilphosaurus. It really is amazing how realistic these dinosaurs are. I felt like I had traveled back in time. The dinosaurs move and make noises that are so life like. I also love how they are in their natural habitat. It really sets Field Station Dinosaur apart from any dinosaur museum I have ever visited.
As we moved further into the park we found my daughter’s favorite dinosaur: the Apatosaurus. She was thrilled to get to see them. There were several Apatosaurus together. Some had their necks stretched out, while others were bent over towards the ground. It was as if we were watching a really family of dinosaurs.
You might worry that you need to be a dinosaur expert to explore the park but that is not the case. Next to each dinosaur display is a bulletin board with information about the dinosaur. You can see the name of the dinosaur, it’s size, where it was found, what it ate, and other fun facts. We all learned a lot about each dinosaur that way.
My favorite part about our visit to Field Station: Dinosaurs was all the show and activities available. We started off our visit with the “morning briefing.” This was basically and overview of all the shows going on throughout the day. It was a great way to plan out our day.
There is such a variety of shows throughout the day, everyone can find something to interest them. My children loved the dinosaur troubadour. They were dancing along with his songs and couldn’t wait for the dinosaur dance party. Their favorite show was “Talking with the Dinosaurs.” In this show children learned all about how dinosaurs might have talked. Several children were picked to play a part in the dinosaur chorus. It was a really fun and interactive show.
In between shows we found several of the activities available. My children loved being paleontologists and finding fossils in their own piece of clay. They loved digging in the sand to uncover fossils. In the commander’s tent various activities are held. We went to a show about fossils and were able to get an up close look at several real fossils, including a velociraptor skull! By the end of the day we were tired but we had all learned so much about dinosaurs.
Make sure you find some time to visit Field Station: Dinosaurs this summer.
This will be their last summer in Secaucus. The town has repurposed the land they are using, which means they need to find another location or shut down at the end of the season. The good news is that ticket prices and parking are lower this year.
Field Station Dinosaurs Admission Rates
Admission to the park starts at $15.00 (when purchased prior to July 4) and parking has been lowered to $5. Tickets are available online at www.FieldStationDinosaurs.com and by phone at 855-999-9010.
Field Station Dinosaurs Address
Field Station: Dinosaurs is located at 1 Dinosaur Way (off Exit 15X of the New Jersey Turnpike) at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, NJ.
Field Station Dinosaurs Hours
- May 23 through June 28 ~ The park is open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day
- June 30 through September 6 ~ The park is open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Tuesdays through Sundays and Labor Day.
- Season passes and add-ons for access to all of the park’s programming and activities are also available.