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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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  • Young Children Love Hands on Activities, so pay the extra to pan for gems and feed the fish. Sifting for fossils is included in the admission fee.  more »
  • Nice paved shaded trails. The kids got to mine for gems, uncover dinosaur bones and dig for fossils. There is a big playground and picnic area also. The museum was good. And the kids loved feeding the...  more »
  • Went to visit and wasn't disappointed....we went to one I. Colorado last year and it was as good as this...good for young children.  more »
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  • Take the dinosaur walk in the Texas heat, with a bottle of water, of course. It's only 1/2 mile, but it will be hot. Thankfully, there's tree shade along the path and places to sit. Buy a couple bags of fish food for their Coy pond, and watch a VERY energetic feeding frenzy by hundreds of brightly-colored fish! Then, there's the air conditioned animatronic museum, great for cooling down afterward. They also have a fossil dig for kids (mostly) and geodes you can pop on-site.
  • 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!
  • 7yr old liked scooping the sand and brushing the sand.. 12yr old I liked feeding the fish and enjoyed the activities... 5yr old I like feeding fish, playing in the playground, looking at all the dinosaurs and looking for dinosaurs... with only an hour to see everything (still paid full price) but it was good or I guess I should say worth it the kids loved it so worth it in my book.
  • 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!

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