Field Station: Dinosaurs - MOVED, Secaucus
Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
North America's premiere outdoor dinosaur exhibition. Thirty-two full-sized animatronic dinosaurs set against a dramatic natural setting in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Shows, games and a paleo-sing-a-long led by the world's only "Dinosaur Troubadour". A memorable family attraction sure to spark the imagination of every child.Before you head to Secaucus, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Secaucus vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Secaucus has to offer, including Field Station: Dinosaurs - MOVED.
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Cute but WAY over priced. They basically turn you upside-down and shake the change from your pockets before you can exit through their gift shop (only way out). Everything was extra money after a hefty entrance fee. $3.25 for a can of soda or water, extra to do little dig, movie, etc. The kids liked it, and if it was priced reasonably we'd go again, but they out-priced it's value by a long shot. Port a potties were very stinky. Sand box was clean and free. We liked the dinosaurs but wont be returning until they price appropriately. Maybe that is an appropriate price for when they are no longer temporary, but their current state is sad. I was also upset that we were walking out and already halfway through the gates before being stopped and told we couldn't leave unless we walked through the gift shop- my car a stones throw away. That was the final straw. Sure, let's make my special needs son scream and cry for an over-priced toy and ruin the trip because spending over $200 to see fake dinosaurs wasn't enough of my money? That's when an okay over-priced trip turned into outright highway robbery. It showed the place isnt about a fun time for kids, but more about sucking every dime they could from me. Atrocious!
Should be zero stars. I have always wanted to take my son and finally did, on his birthday. What a complete disappointment and rip off! It's just a bunch of mechanical dinosaurs dumped in a field. They are not even hidden on paths to discover. Absolutely terrible. There are a bunch of disgustingly hot tents set up with silly activities that run on a complex schedule (for example, at 11:00 there is a scavenger hunt, you go to a tent and pick up a poorly photocopied paper that you only get one of and one pencil PER GROUP OF KIDS- you can imagine how that goes). If you want to go into an air conditioned tent you have to pay extra. $4 for a bottle of water. $10 to let your kid smash a stone and find a fossil. All this on top of the admission fees. Need I say more? Don't waste your time or money. They could do so much more with this place to make it great, but it's probably the worst child amusement venue I have ever been to. This place should go extinct!
I set my expectations too high and that was my fault. I didn't go in expecting Jurassic Park, but something more than the small park it was. That said, my kids had a great time and so did I. The employees show a genuine love for dinosaurs and their job in the performances they put on and their interactions with the guests. The fossil dig in the Paleo Lab is a must do, but be aware it's an additional charge from your standard ticket. We got a Groupon that gave four of us full park access for the cost of one Season Pass which was a great deal.
WORST day of the summer AVOID this shoddy unbelievably unprofessional place at all costs. Dinosaurs barely move at all and make almost no sound. Advertising is deceptive, glossy brochures make it look far, far better than the pathetic reality I regrettably encountered. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID this place or you will regret it as long as you remember the waste of the day. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! With no exxageration this was the worst thing I did in a decade of summers. I took my 13 year old and my 8 year old and they both were quite unhappy at me for taking them. My 6 year old liked it, but for $20 ? I wish I stayed home and watched squirrels run around my yard. I wish I could give it less than one star. They claim 40 live activities ? pshaw.Non entertaining abd non educational. Better programming on TV. Feeding frenzy featuring mighty T Rex ? What a joke! crummiest robots I've ever seen! Lifeless and non realistic. Pathetic.Credentials are useless. Trail map ? Don't need a map to navigate the one sad dusty square where these junk robots are stored. Expedition schedule ? This park invests too much on their brochures and maps to glorify this sad, sad exhibit. Don't be fooled like I was!
We were skeptical based on previous reviews but were happily surprised at the park. Yes it's in a field, but the kids liked it a lot (a few were genuinely scared at the animatronic dinosaurs which was great!). I'm sure the new park will be really nice when it's open but the staff is enthusiastic and they are doing a great job with the location they have. I didn't see anyone having a bad time and ALL the kids were really digging it! Scored 4 tickets for $60 on Groupon for all inclusive so there was no gouging and well worth it for a nice day trip. They allow small coolers so break snacks/sandwiches and plenty to drink. Our total time in park is @ 3 hours.
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