Does your child ever ask were there dinosaurs near me?
Do you search for NJ dinosaur museums and dinosaur parks near me?
Dinosaurs may have gone extinct over 65 million years ago, but children are still fascinated with them. I know my house was once full of dinosaur books, puzzles, toys, and movies. If your family is like mine was when my boys were younger, you are always looking for new or new-to-us dinosaur museums, NJ dinosaur parks, and other places to find dinosaurs in New Jersey.
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 and yes our list includes New Jersey dinosaur parks and dinosaur museums near me and you.
Dinosaurs are invading New Jersey
Every few days when I check my email it seems I’m getting another press release about another dinosaur park 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 dinosaur museums and parks in New Jersey is thrilling to us. This guide is a work in progress. As we learn of more dinosaur museums, exhibits, fossil hunts, events, and more 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?
Learn about dinosaurs at NJ Dinosaur Museums!
Let’s get started with dinosaur museums in New Jersey.
The Dinosaur Den at the Morris Museum in Morristown NJ
- This NJ dinosaur museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, New Jersey.
- The Morris Museum has an entire exhibit dedicated to dinosaurs called “Digging Dinosaurs.” In the dinosaur exhibit children can touch a real dinosaur egg, follow dinosaur tracks, and hear the simulated sound of a honking Hadrosaur. 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.
Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey Exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton NJ
- 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 a permanent dinosaur-themed museum exhibit.
- The New Jersey State Museum is open.
- Learn more at their website, state.nj.us/state/museum.
Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick NJ
- Located at 85 Somerset Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey, this museum has a designated dinosaur museum space.
- 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:
- Saturday – Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Limited Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (visit their website for specific dates)
- “Walk-in Visit Hours” are Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and some Saturdays (visit their website for specific dates).
- Admission is free.
- The Rutgers Geology Museum is open with limited hours.
- Learn more at their website, geologymuseum.rutgers.edu.
Trailside Nature Center in Mountainside NJ
- Located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, New Jersey.
- Downstairs in the Trailside Nature Center is a fun dinosaur museum space 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/trailside-nature-and-science-center/.
Play with Dinosaurs! Dig for dinosaur fossils! NJ Dinosaur Parks
Kids love to play at parks and these dinosaur-themed parks and trails in New Jersey are a big hit with kids! For the true dinosaur fan, you can’t miss out on these playful interactive dinosaur experiences close to home.
Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia NJ – The most epic dinosaur park in New Jersey!
- 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. Part dinosaur museum, part dinosaur park, 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 will reopen May 27, 2023.
Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University in Sewell NJ
Currently a NJ dinosaur park, soon to be a dinosaur museum in New Jersey.
- 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 they are actively building a dinosaur museum (set to open spring 2024!) and a visitors center. Currently, this event is for Rowan University alumni and their families to dig for dinosaur fossils, on select dates. There is a fee associated with dinosaur dig dates, which can be found on their website here.
A Dinosaur Playground at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange NJ
- 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 4:00 PM. Admission is $19 for adults and $16 for children ages 2-12.
- Turtle Back Zoo is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, turtlebackzoo.com.
The Dinosaur Garden at Camden Children’s Garden in Camden NJ
- 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 and its dinosaur park remain closed.
- Learn more in our Camden Children’s Garden story or at camdenchildrensgarden.org.
Hike the Dinosaur Trail at Allaire State Park in Allenwood NJ
- Located at Allaire State Park. We parked at the lot at 4001 Squankum Allenwood Road in Allenwood.
- It is with great sadness that we have to report this dinosaur trail in Allaire State Park was destroyed by vandals. You can read more in this Facebook post. Although there are some reports that 1 or 2 dinosaur structures may still exist, like the pterodactyl.
- 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 no trail markers but it won’t take long to discover this NJ dinosaur park 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 of this NJ dinosaur park we couldn’t help but share a few.
Dino Dig Adventure 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 your kids will enjoy digging at this NJ dinosaur park.
- This interactive, engaging, and hands-on exhibition lets guests uncover ancient dinosaur fossils buried in more than 60 tons of sand. In the 1,750-square-foot Dino Dig Adventure, visitors will be immersed in the landscape of a real paleontological dig. Search for fossils from seven different dinosaur species, including replicas of bones, eggs, and even dinosaur poop.
- This is an outdoor experience open when weather conditions are favorable for outdoor play.
- Learn more in our article, What can toddlers and preschoolers do at the Liberty Science Center.
- Learn more at https://lsc.org/explore/exhibitions/dino-dig-adventure.
Xpedition Dino at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson
- Sadly this dinosaur park located at Six Flags Blvd in Jackson, New Jersey is now closed.
- 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 was available for summer 2021.
- Learn more in our Dinosaurs Exist at Six Flags Great Adventure Xpedition Dino! or at https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/store/tickets-now?.
More nearby places to see dinosaurs near me and you in New Jersey
Hadrosaurus Foulkii Site, a dinosaur statue in Haddonfield, NJ, the original home of dinosaurs in New Jersey
- Located at Maple Avenue in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
- Not quite a dinosaur park or a dinosaur museum this is still a NJ dinosaur attraction worth exploring. 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.
More Places Near New Jersey to See Dinosaurs
For more opportunities to visit with dinosaurs take a day trip to Philadelphia or New York City.
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, giving a dinosaur museum space within the museum itself. 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 $25 and children ages 2-12 are $14.
- Be sure to check their website for scheduled exhibit closures before planning your trip.
- 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 in the dinosaur museum space at the Academy.
- The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Timed tickets are required and advanced purchases are recommended. Admission to the museum is $25 for adults and $21 for children ages 2-12. On weekdays after 3:00 pm admission is discounted to $10 per person.
- The Academy of Natural Sciences is OPEN.
- Learn more at their website, ansp.org.
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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