Last summer the boys and I decided to check out the newest attraction in our area Field Station: Dinosaurs. The boys really love dinosaurs and they had a blast. It was nice that it was close and that the park is really not too big. It makes for a great day trip
I have to say, I was impressed by the dinosaurs. There is a lot of attention to detail. They are big, moved and roared. The boys thought they were “cool”. There is a nice selection of dinosaurs, in all different shapes and sizes.
What Is There To Do: Of course, you are going to see the dinosaurs, but they also had a lot of other fun activities for the kids. When you enter the park you are given your Credentials. When you visit different areas and activities through out the park the Park Rangers will stamp your credentials. This added to the adventure for my boys as they were on a search to see where they could get their stamps. It is also a nice FREE souvenir.
- LEGOS : There was an area where the kids could build and play with Legos. Of course, my boys did not want to leave this area. It was a bit crowded, but they have a few tables and different Lego pieces so everyone had a chance to play.
- The Dig: This is an area where you get to be a Paleontologist. The park provides shovels, brushes and other tools for the kids to dig and discover dinosaur bones. All the kids were having a lot of fun and were so excited when they found some bones. But on a hot, sunny day it would be nice if it was a little more covered. Though, they did have a covered area for the parents to sit.
- Crayola Art Area: This was an area sponsored by Crayola. They had crayons, markers and activities for the kids. The kids got to color dinosaur pictures and other related crafts.
- Shows and Games: They have the Dinosaur Meet and Greet, where you meet the dinosaur babies. This was really cute. There is also an amazing dinosaur puppet. The show has “handlers” to teach you about the dinosaur and even try to feed it. It is as if it is all “real”. There are also games shows like Raptor Feud and T-Rex Games. They are educating the kids about dinosaurs, but in a game setting that I thought really kept the kids engaged. The park had something to see about every 30 minutes which I thought was great.
- Dinosaurs: Well, we can’t forget the main attraction. There are 31 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, in different areas of the park. The areas are Base Camp, The Quarry, The Plateau and The Lookout. Each dinosaur also has a sign that has the name and information about that dinosaur. I liked how they were displayed each in a different setting. Example, the Velociraptors were a bit hidden in the reeds, but you could here them. I felt like I was in the “Jurassic Park” Movie.
Where is it: The park is located at 1 Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, NJ, right off Interstate 95, Exit 15X. You can drive or even take the NJ Transit Train. If you take the train, the park is a short 10 minute walk from the train station. Also, during the summer there is a free shuttle from the train station to the park You just have to confirm the pick up times. If you drive, parking is $10.
Hours: The park is open April through the beginning of November. The park is open now Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm. Check their website for exact hours and days it is open in the other months.
|Guests age 2 and above||$15.00 online||All day admission to the park|
|Guests age 2 and above||$16.50 at the box office||All day admission to the park|
|Guests under age 2||Free||All day admission to the park|
*** These are the prices if you buy online. They do not show prices if you buy at the park.
Overall, Field Station: Dinosaurs is a fun day. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing some walking. The trails are smooth and OK for a stroller, but it can be a bit bumpy. You can bring snacks and drinks in to the park, but they also have a snack bar as well. Beware when you are leaving the park as they make you go through the merchandise tent. Needless to say, I did not get out of there without opening my wallet. But I know the boys and I will be headed back there again.