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.
10 Places to See Dinosaurs in New Jersey
The Dinosaur Den at the Morris Museum
- 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 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. Morris Museum participates in the monthly Bank of America Free Admission Weekend. Find out more details here.
- The Morris Museum is OPEN Summer 2020.
The Dinosaur Garden at Camden Children’s Garden
- 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 OPEN for Summer 2020.
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.
Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey Exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum
- 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 on permanent exhibit. The museum is open Tuesday- Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM. Admission is free.
- The New Jersey State Museum is CLOSED for Summer 2020.
Field Station Dinosaurs
- 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.
- Field Station Dinosaurs update as of August 14, 2020.
The 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that call Field Station: Dinosaurs home look like they were hit by another massive asteroid following Hurricane Isaias. High winds and fallen trees left the attraction with no power, downed tents, and a number of out-of-commission dinosaurs, including the featured Tyrannosaurus rex and Parasaurolophus. Field Station: Dinosaurs was scheduled to reopen for a Covid-19 shortened season on August 15, but due to the extent of the damage and the estimated timeline for repair and restoration, the company’s executive producer and the Bergen County Parks Department have postponed the Grand Reopening until spring 2021.
“After assessing the extent of this devastation and in consultation with County leadership, we’ve had to make this very difficult decision. We’re looking forward to welcoming families back next year to our reimagined park with exciting new dinosaurs, original shows, and a number of long-overdue infrastructure improvements.”Field Station: Dinosaurs Executive Producer, Guy Gsell
Dinosaurium at Garden State Discovery Museum
- Located at 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
- 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 with some extended hours. Admission is $15.95 for adults and children 1 and older.
- The Garden State Discovery Museum is CLOSED for Summer 2020.
Rutgers Geology Museum
- 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 CLOSED for Summer 2020.
Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University
- 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
- 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 for Summer 2020.
Trailside Nature Center
- 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 CLOSED for Summer 2020.
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 plans to reopen September 9, 2020.
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. Dinosaurs Around the World is a special exhibit on display June 30, 2019–January 20, 2020 with animatronic dinosaurs greeting you on your voyage around Pangea. 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 $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 for Summer 2020.
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 for Summer 2020.
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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