Who has a child who would love to see dinosaurs in New Jersey?
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.
Dinosaurs are invading New Jersey
Every few days when I check my email it seems I’m getting another press release about dinosaurs coming to New Jersey. I’m totally here for that. We know how much NJ families love dinosaurs so news of more places to see dinosaurs in New Jersey is thrilling to us. This guide is a work in progress. As we learn of more places to visit dinosaurs in and near New Jersey we’ll keep this guide updated.
The Best Places to See Dinosaurs in New Jersey
Our list of the best places in New Jersey with dinosaur attractions continues to grow. Have you visited everywhere on this list?
The Dinosaur Den at the Morris Museum in Morristown
- Located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, New Jersey.
- 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 Wednesdays – Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission costs $12 for adults and $8 for children 3 – 17 years old. Morris Museum participates in the monthly Bank of America Free Admission Weekend. Find out more details here.
- The Morris Museum is currently open.
- Learn more at morrismuseum.org.
Xpedition Dino at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson
- Located at Six Flags Blvd in Jackson, New Jersey.
- Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, will launch Six Flags Xpedition Dino daily May 28 through September 7, 2021. Guests will have the option to drive their own vehicles or walk through this Jurassic adventure, which will feature 30 life-size dinosaurs with realistic movement and sound.
- The Six Flags Xpedition Dino opens for summer 2021 on May 28, 2021.
- Learn more in our Dinosaurs Exist at Six Flags Great Adventure Xpedition Dino! or at https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/store/tickets-now?.
SUE: The T. rex Experience at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City
- Located at The Liberty Science Center at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City, New Jersey.
- This interactive, engaging, and hands-on exhibition features an exact replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex’s skeleton measuring 40 feet long and 13 feet tall at the hip. The skeleton faces off against a full-scale replica of a Triceratops, one of T. rex’s natural enemies! Explore the sights, sounds, and smells of SUE’s prehistoric world in high-tech simulations, while a unique multimedia show transports you to the Cretaceous forest alongside SUE.
- Step into the world of SUE: The T. rex Experience at the Liberty Science Center, beginning May 22, 2021 and ending January 9, 2022!
- Learn more in our article, What can toddlers and preschoolers do at the Liberty Science Center.
- Learn more at lsc.org/explore/exhibitions/sue-the-trex-experience.
The Dinosaur Garden at Camden Children’s Garden in Camden
- Located at 3 Riverside Drive in Camden, New Jersey.
- 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 Thursday and Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Admission is $9 per person but children 2 and under are free.
- The Camden Children’s Garden is expected to open for summer 2021.
- Learn more in our Camden Children’s Garden story or at camdenchildrensgarden.org.
Hadrosaurus Foulkii Site in Haddonfield, NJ, the original home of dinosaurs in New Jersey
- Located at Maple Avenue in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
- 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.
Hike the Dinosaur Trail at Allaire State Park in Allenwood
- Located at Allaire State Park. We parked at the lot at 4001 Squankum Allenwood Road in Allenwood.
- The trail is less than a mile and loops around. It’s not far from the parking lot at all. Walk around the yellow gate and then head towards the right. There are not trail markers but it won’t take long to discover it either.
- Tucked away in the woods and among the hiking trails at Allaire State Park are dinosaurs and other creatures waiting to be discovered. We found dinosaurs, a squirrel, a magnificent butterfly woodchime, and more animals, and teepees, all created from sticks, in the woods of an Allaire State Park hiking trail. It’s a pretty easy trail, flat and short.
- We had so many pictures we couldn’t help but share.
Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey Exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton
- Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey.
- 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. “Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey” is an permanent exhibit.
- The New Jersey State Museum is open.
- Learn more at their website, state.nj.us/state/museum.
Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia
- Located at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia New Jersey.
- New Jersey’s must visit attraction for any dinosaur fan! It’s one of our favorite places to see dinosaurs in New Jersey. This open air space hosts 32 animatronic dinosaurs, but you’ll be fooled a few times for how real they appear. The park moved from its Hudson County location to a Leonia park a few years ago so be sure to check the website for updated information. Open Tuesday-Sunday in the summer and then weekends only in spring and fall.
- View more pictures in our Field Station Dinosaurs photo album on Facebook. Click over to read our Mom’s Guide to Field Station Dinosaurs in New Jersey or our new guide to What can Toddlers and Preschoolers do at Field Station Dinosaurs?. You can also learn more at their website, jerseydinos.com.
- Field Station Dinosaurs is open.
Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick
- Located at 85 Somerset Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- 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. The museum is open during the academic year Tuesday- Thursday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Fridays from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Admission is free.
- The Rutgers Geology Museum is currently CLOSED. They are hoping to have an update after Labor Day.
- Learn more at their website, geologymuseum.rutgers.edu.
Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University in Sewell
- Located at 625 Woodbury-Glassboro Road Sewell, New Jersey.
- On this former mine, thousands of fossils from the Cretaceous Period can be found. The park was purchased from the mining company in 2016 and there are plans to build a museum and visitors center. Currently it is only open to the public, so that kids and adults can dig for dinosaur fossils, on select dates. There is a fee associated with the public dig dates, which can be found on their website here.
A Dinosaur-themed Playground at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange
- Located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, New Jersey.
- 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 daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-12.
- Turtle Back Zoo is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, turtlebackzoo.com.
Trailside Nature Center in Mountainside
- Located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, New Jersey.
- Downstairs in the Trailside Nature Center is a fun area where kids can learn about dinosaurs through activities and exhibits. Kids and parents can compare their foot size to that of a Hadrosaur, New Jersey’s dinosaur. Visit this article, Explore Trailside Nature and Science Center with Kids for more information. Admission is free.
- Trailside Nature Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
- Learn more at their website, https://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/trailside-nature-science-center.
More Places Near New Jersey to See Dinosaurs
The American Museum of Natural History 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 AM to 5:45 PM. The museum does offer a pay what you wish donation, regular adult admission is $23 and children ages 2-12 are $13.
- The American Museum of Natural History is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, amnh.org.
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. Permian Monsters is a special exhibit on display November 21, 2020 – January 17, 2022. Permian Monsters blends vivid artwork, amazing fossils and scientifically accurate models of moving beasts to recreate this relatively unknown period when the greatest mass extinction wiped out creatures that will never be discovered. Explore odd-looking sharks, strange reptilelike precursors of mammals, and the vicious predator the giant saber-toothed gorgonopsid. Play paleontologist and dig for fossil casts, enjoy interactive games and more.
- The museum is open Fridays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 6:00 pm. Admission to the museum is $22 for adults and $18 for children ages 2-12. The Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit is an extra free.
- The Academy of Natural Sciences is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, ansp.org.
The Philadelphia Zoo Treehouse
- In the Philadelphia Zoo Treehouse there are a few different ways kids can have dino-riffic fun. As you enter on the right are dinosaur eggs kids can crawl into. It’s hard to resist taking pictures. There’s just something cute about seeing our kids ‘hatch’ from an egg. On the left side is a dinosaur structure kids can climb on and pretend to ride. There’s no additional charge to explore this area, but you must be a member of the Philadelphia Zoo.
- The Philadelphia Zoo is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, philadelphiazoo.org.
MORE dinosaurs at the Philadelphia Zoo’s BIG TIME
BIG TIME Life in an Endangered Age will take guests back in time 66 million years ago and journey to an age when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Guests, young and old, and everything in between will be delighted as they encounter 24 life-size creatures, learn about these prehistoric giants, the rise of humans and our impact on wildlife and the planet! Advance ticket purchase is required for both admission and BIG TIME for all guests and members to enter BIG TIME. Tickets to this dinosaur attraction in Philadelphia are $6 each.
We visited Big time at the Philadelphia Zoo for the media event and we can tell you this attraction is a BIG deal! At $6 per person it is big time worth it! We saw dinosaurs and other animatronic animals we’ve never seen before at any other location and you know by now we’ve visited a lot of dinosaur attractions in and near New Jersey.
Did you know there were 6,000-pound sloths that didn’t hang from trees?
Can you believe some baby dinosaur eggs can weigh 18 pounds?
Did you know rhinoceroses are becoming extinct?
This is just some of what we learned at the Big Time dinosaur exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo. See more pictures in our Facebook post. Learn more and get your tickets at philadelphiazoo.org/bigtime.
Bonus unlock stories featuring BIG TIME’s prehistoric beasts with a limited edition Dinosaur ZooKey available at the gift shops. The dinosaur stories can also be unlocked with a regular Philadelphia Zoo key.
More Places to See Dinosaurs across the Country
Fernbank Museum in Atlanta
- Our friend, Leslie, over at 365 Atlanta Traveler put together this great article about “Why Fernbank Museum Is The Best Museum In Atlanta For Kids”. In the Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit you can find the famous Fernbank Museum dinosaurs. Leslie says, “There are dozens of life-size dino structures both inside and out, including a 47-foot long, 8-ton Giganotosaurus that the kids will LOVE!” Click over to learn more about the Fernbank Museum.
As you can see there are so many different opportunities to learn about and find dinosaurs in New Jersey and across our region.
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