"My blogger was compensated admission to the Dinosaur Place in exchange for this review. All opinions are original and her own."
Do you know how sometimes you hear buzz about a local attraction that you keep meaning to check out, but never seem to get the chance to? For us, going to the Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in Oakdale, CT was one of those places. I have been wanting to take my boys there for a while, but it never seemed to happen – until last week. I am happy to report that we finally made our way there and had a wonderful day! It was so wonderful in fact that my youngest son, who is 7, said it was “the best day of his summer vacation so far”. Guys, that’s huge. So, I want to tell you all about our day there in case you’re thinking of heading there, too.
In case you haven’t heard of The Dinosaur Place, it’s a 60 acre outdoor family adventure park with over 40 life-sized dinosaurs on 1.5 miles of nature trails, New England’s largest Splashpad, an A”MAZE”asaurus and slide through the mouth of a T. Rex, a Jurassic Moon Bounce and Monty’s DINO-Sized Playground!
We started our day by walking the nature trail around Raptor Bay to see the life-sized dinos. It was a really easy walk and as an added bonus, the trail comes complete with an erupting volcano.
We followed the main trail to the A-maze-asaurus, which is a fun maze that’s made out of panels. Once you’ve reached the end of the maze, you get to exit by climbing though a dinosaur’s mouth and sliding down a slide. There is an observation deck for parents to stand on and don’t worry – you can see the whole maze from up there, so you’ll be able to watch your kiddos. My boys LOVED it and went through the maze about a dozen times (you can go through as many times as you want).
When they were done with the maze, we went over to the Splashpad, which is a giant water play area, for a while. There are water guns, misters, things that sprayed water out of the ground and even a big bucket that dumped water on the kids every few minutes – all dinosaur themed, of course. There are attendants there to make sure everyone is safe and we were told the rules (no running, etc) before we were even allowed to enter. There are tables & chairs around the outside of the Splashpad for the adults to watch, but not get wet.
Lastly, we spend some time on Monty’s Playground. It’s one of the biggest and best playgrounds I have ever seen. There are five really structures that are appropriate for all ages. My boys had a blast playing on all of the structures.
Know before you go:
1. The volcano erupts every hour on the hour starting at 11 am. Get there early to get a god spot if you want to see it.
2. Water shoes are required in the Splashpad, so make sure you have flip flops or water shoes with you. They do have flip flops you can borrow if need be, but it’s best to bring your own. Also, don’t forget your towels and sunblock.
3. Bring a change of clothes so that the kids can change out of their wet swimsuits. There is a changing room right across from the Splashpad, so the kids can change into something dry.
4. You can bring your own food. Food & drinks are not allowed on the Splashpad, but there are plenty of picnic tables for you to eat at if you bring your lunch with you. If you prefer, Monty’s Munchies sells kid-friendly fare for reasonable prices.
There is also a bouncy house there, but my boys were too pooped from doing everything else and just didn’t have the energy left to bounce – and trust me, that’s a first.
I bet you’re dying to go now, too! The Dinosaur Place is really easy to get to and it’s located at 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370!