Dinosaur State Park

Tourism and LeisureState ParksTravelDinosaur State Park and Arboretum

Watch your step at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill. You may be standing where a Dilophosaurus once stood. The Park features one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America as well as interactive displays and life-size dioramas depicting what southern New England would have looked like during the Jurassic period.

Under the dome of the exhibition center, visitors can look down at 500 tracks believed to have been left about 200 million years ago by dinosaurs such as the Dilophosaurus and Otozoum.

Outside the dome, the park features wooded nature trails, picnic facilities and a park arboretum. While the exhibition hall focuses on the animals of the period, the arboretum features rare plants that are believed to have grown when dinosaurs roamed the area.

From May 1 until Oct. 31, visitors can make their own replica of a prehistoric foot print from Plaster of Paris. Visitors also can bring a souvenir home from the gift shop, with proceeds supporting the park.

Hours:
Park, daily 9-4:30. Exhibit center, Tue.-Sun. 9-4:30.
Casting area open May 1-Oct. 31, daily 9-3:30.
Closed major holidays.

Prices:
Exhibit Center
$5 Adults (Ages 13 and older)
$2 Youth (Ages 6-12)
FREE Children (5 years and under)

Directions:
Dinosaur State Park is located one mile east of Exit 23 (West Street) on Interstate Highway 91

Handicap Assessable: Yes

Pets: No

Contact:
Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3506
(860) 529-8423

Web site:
http://www.dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/parks/dinosaur.htm
http://www.dinosaurstatepark.org/

- JIM WELCH

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