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Who has a child who loves dinosaurs?
They’ve may have gone extinct over 65 million years ago, but children are still fascinated with them. I know my house is full of dinosaur books, puzzles, toys, and movies. If your family is like mine, you are always looking for new places to learn about dinosaurs. Well, New Jersey is full of opportunities for learning about dinosaurs. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to see dinosaurs in New Jersey and nearby.
8 Places to See Dinosaurs in New Jersey
- Morris Museum: 6 Normandy Heights Rd Morristown, NJ. The Morris Museum has an entire exhibit dedicated to dinosaurs called “Dinosaur Den.” In the Dinosaur Den children can view dinosaur fossils, touch a dinosaur egg, follow dinosaur tracks, and many more fun interactive activities. The museum is open Tuesday- Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission costs $10 for adults and $7 for children 3-12.
- Camden Children’s Garden: 3 Riverside Dr. Camden, NJ. The Camden Children’s Garden hosts the “Dinosaur Garden” exhibit. In this area of the garden children can visit with the Apatosaurus made from recycled car parts, or check out the Hadrosaur and his nest. Camden Children’s Garden is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $6 per person but children 2 and under are free.
- Hadrosaurus Foulkii Site in Haddonfield, NJ: Maple Ave. Haddonfield, NJ. This historic site is a perfect destination for the future paleontologists in your family. It is the spot where the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered. In 1858 William Parker Foulke unearthed a skeleton of New Jersey’s official dinosaur, the hadrosaur. During your visit to the historic site you can see the spot where the discovery was made and visit the “Ground Zero” of dinosaur paleontology.
- New Jersey State Museum: 205 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Another great spot to check out dinosaur fossils and learn more about these amazing creatures is the natural history exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum. If you visit the museum on October 17th and 18th you can listen to the story “How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum” and make a dinosaur craft. The museum is open Tuesday- Sunday from 9:00 Am to 4:45 PM. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
- Sterling Hill Mine: 30 Plant St. Ogdensburg, NJ. While you are touring the mine you can add on a visit to the Fossil Discovery Center. Visitors can dig through the fossil area and see what types of fossils they can discover. Each paid participant gets to keep 6 of the fossils they discover. This is a perfect way to experience what it’s like to be a paleontologist. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tour times and discovery center hours vary, call ahead for times and reservations. Tours of the mine cost $11 for adults and $8 for children 4-12. The fossil discovery center costs an additional $4.50 per person.
- Garden State Discovery Museum: 2040 Springdale Rd. Suite 100 Cherry Hill, NJ. Any little dinosaur lover will have a blast in the Dinosaurium section of the museum. Children can climb inside a T-rex skeleton, dig for bones, hear what they sound like as dinosaurs, and explore the scientist’s tent. This would definitely be a fun and interactive way to learn about dinosaurs and paleontologists. The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Admission is $12.95 for adults and children 1 and older.
- Rutgers Geology Museum: 85 Somerset St. New Brunswick, NJ. The Rutgers Geology Museum contains several dinosaur-related artifacts that have been discovered in New Jersey. They also host several special events related to dinosaurs. In September, they will be hosting a field trip to Colts Neck, New Jersey to search for fossils. They will also be holding a late night fossil and dinosaur day on October 7th. The museum is open Tuesday- Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
- Turtle Back Zoo: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ. Find some dinosaur fun for your little ones while you are visiting the zoo by checking out their dinosaur themed playground. The playground equipment is designed to look like dinosaur bones and there is a dinosaur skeleton to climb through and play on. The zoo is open Monday- Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12.
2 Nearby Places to See Dinosaurs
- The Natural History Museum in New York City. Every dinosaur lover needs to check out the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs at the museum. It is full of fossils from one of the two main groups of dinosaurs. The museum is home to close to 100 specimens. The museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM. Admission to the museum is a pay what you wish donation.
- The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. During a visit to Dinosaur Hall children can view over 30 dinosaur specimens. They can also dig for fossils and participate in interactive dinosaur activities. The museum is open Monday- Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to the museum is $17.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 3-12.
As you can see there are so many different opportunities to learn about dinosaurs in New Jersey.
Where is your favorite place to see dinosaurs?
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.