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Dinosaur World, Glen Rose

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Life sized models of dinosaurs welcome families and classes to learn, have fun, or just enjoy a quiet encounter with the lifelike animals.

Dinosaur World is the brainchild of Swedish businessman Christer Svensson, who has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years. Svensson and his family moved to the United States. Attracted to central Florida, where he and his wife and children had vacationed many times, Svensson purchased a former alligator farm as a home for his ancient reptiles. To develop the best park possible, he consulted with the manager of a similar open-air dinosaur museum in Germany, as well as with internationally known authorities on prehistoric life. With a great deal of information, planning, and hard work, the Svensson family created a pleasant environment in which to entertain and inform their visitors. Less than five years later, Dinosaur World opened in Kentucky. The Texas park followed about 5 years after that.

The dinosaur models, up to eighty feet in length and based on the latest scientific discoveries, are made of fiberglass, steel, and concrete. The dinosaurs are arranged in groups of as many as eleven of a single species, in a variety of settings.

Nestled among a lush assortment of native vegetation, the dinosaurs are so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving through the shadows cast by the many native trees.

A giant T-Rex waits to greet visitors at each location. It’s hard to miss this prehistoric giant on the main entryway in Plant City, Florida, Glen Rose, Texas and Cave City, Kentucky.
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  • Went with my 12 year old son who is still very much interested in dinosaurs. He had a blast, although I would point out that I think this place is most appropriate for the younger kids (ages 5 to 10),...  more »
  • Our family of four (2 kids, 6 and 4 years old) visited Dinosaur World last week (Memorial Day weekend). Although in my opinion the dinosaurs did not look as detailed as e.g. Prehisto-Dino Parc in Fran...  more »
  • We had a blast my two year old was just in love. There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. There is a fun play ground with nice tables to eat, so bring your picnic! The mechanical dinosaurs...  more »
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  • I took my kids (5 & 7), and they have been obsessed with learning more about dinosaurs ever since! The animatronic dinosaurs and real fossils in the museum were my favorite part. The kids loved the fossil dig and gem mining. There were plenty of large and colorful gems in each bag of soil. We brought our large-breed dog, and found them to be very welcoming to her. Although a good amount of information was provided on each Dino, my kids ran along the trail too quickly to read every one. Still enjoyed the walk. Definitely bring water for yourself and dogs especially, as none was provided along the trail. Playground was large, and kids could have played there longer. Had to drag them away at the end of the day! Prices in the gift shop were reasonable, although admission prices were higher than I would have liked. Staff was friendly. Overall a great way to spend the day!
  • Have visited this park back 12 years ago with oldest son when we lived 30 min away and it was fun then, but we now have another son and took him for his 4th birthday since he is into dinosaurs. It is now a 3 hour drive one-way for us and it was definitely worth it. They have added so many dinosaurs and a great play park area that the kids LOVED and not to mention all of the outdoor seating areas so there were multiple birthday parties going on and no one was in the way of others. Fantastic place to take a kid who LOVES dinosaurs! And the Fossil Dig and Gem Mine were extra costs but worth it for the kids!
  • We had a great time! The park is easy to navigate and has lots of shade. Make sure you spend the extra dollar for the fish food. My 2year old son loved pointing out the different dinosaurs and feeding the fish! We will be back!
  • Fantastic fun for the kids. Lots of fun for my 1, 4, and 13 year old boys. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Great place for family fun.
  • Very fun, kids loved it. Only down fall was when they go dig for fossils the kids only get to take 3 things home. These items are so tiny I don't think it's worth the extra money you pay. However the gem station was completely worth it and i wish I could buy an extra bag of sand.