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Visitor tips for Field Station Dinosaurs, Secacus, New Jersey.
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Visitor tips for Field Station Dinosaurs, Secacus, New Jersey.

Scientists may believe dinosaurs became extinct over 65 years ago but they're alive and well in Secaucus, New Jersey!

Bubba and I saw with our own wide eyes last weekend...

Field Station: Dinosaurs, Secacus, New Jersey

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre, outdoor walking park with 31 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs exhibits, games, workshops, and entertainment.

Its website claims the park is 9 minutes from Manhattan and while that may be true for some parts of the city, it was about a 30-minute drive for us from Chelsea. You can also take New Jersey Transit, which I hear is quick and easy, and there is a free shuttle from the nearby train stop to Field Station. In any case, it's well-worth the trip!

We had a gorgeous afternoon last Saturday (until the clouds rolled in, the sky turned dark, and it started pouring but we were on our way out so it didn't put a damper on our visit at all). Sebastian was slightly apprehensive at first but within a few minutes he was in prehistoric heaven strolling the park and ogling the enormous dinos.

Each day, there's an "expedition" consisting of activities, workshops, and entertainment that occur at different locations throughout the park every 30 minutes. We dug for fossils, colored dinosaur pictures, and played with LEGOs. Visitors are given a passport upon entry and earn a stamp for every expedition activity completed.

Visitor Tips:

  • The parking lot is cash-only, very fitting for Jersey, wink. And yes, you will be directed to the nearest ATM if you don't come prepared. I may have learned that first hand, ehem.
  • Tickets are $25/adult and $20/child. There is a discount for purchasing tickets online in advance, but they sell out so book as early as possible.
  • Remember to apply and reapply sunblock. While the park is wooded and has plenty of shaded areas for rest stops, many of the walkways are not shielded from the sun.
  • Right now, the park is only open on the weekends. Starting June 21st, it will be open all 7 days.
  • Food/snack options only include hot dogs, popcorn, Italian Ices, and drinks. Plan accordingly.

A huge thank you to MamaDrama for letting us crash the party to review this truly spectacular experience. We had a dino-mite time!

{I was not compensated for this post. We received complimentary day admission for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}