Thanks to recent Hollywood movies and real-life dinosaur bones still being found, dinosaurs are having a bit of a comeback when it comes family friendly days out. Gone are the days when it was enough to see all the animals at the zoo – we now get to see prehistoric creatures up close. Or at least make-believe ones.
So why not walk with dinosaurs while creating amazing memories, and even see if you can discover some of the amazing dinosaur models on display? Here is a claw-full of dinosaur days out for the budding paleontologists among your family. If you have any other suggestions bring them to life on Facebook and Twitter.
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Devon
As the name suggests, this is an animal park - come - dinosaur attraction. The aim of this park is ‘more animals, less cages’ so there is plenty to see in terms of live animals. Nevertheless, the centrepiece at Combe Martin is their popular Dinosaur Park. The animatronics were originally part of the ‘Lost World’ theme park in Malaysia, and now part of this attraction in Devon. This includes the ferocious T-Rex and the British dinosaur Neovenator. The Dino Express gives you the experience of being on-set of a Hollywood movie, and even a simulation of a real earthquake! If you have little ones with you, baby carriers are available to hire as there is quite a bit of walking involved. Being only 20 minutes from Ruda Holiday Park, this is high on the ‘to do’ list when staying in Devon.
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Dinosaur Isle, Sandown (Isle of Wight)
This interactive geology museum is a chance to get up close to a huge collection of genuine fossils. Dinosaur Isle also has re-constructions of dinosaur skeletons, animatronics and plenty of activities for the children. Check their website for frequent ‘fossil walks’ which will have the whole family searching for dinosaur bones and fossils.This walk is dog-friendly and you can also take a pushchair - but there are some bumpy and narrow paths so take caution! Dinosaur Isle isn’t a very big attraction so stop by if you are visiting Sandown for the day or want an educational day out when staying on the Isle Of Wight. This attraction isn’t far from Landguard, Nodes Point or even Lower Hyde Holiday Parks, so why not treat the dinosaur fans in your family to a day-trip to remember?
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Dinosaur Adventure, Norwich
Winner of Best Large Attraction in Norfolk 2013, Dinosaur Adventure monster-sized park has everything a dino-fan could want. This is suitable all year round as there is loads to do inside and out. Explore the dinosaur trail and deer safari, take on the ‘Lost World’ maze or ‘Raptor Racing’ cart tracks. The latest feature is the tree-house adventure park ‘Pterodactyl’s Nest’. Younger adventurers may also enjoy the three-level adventure play area, known as ‘dino-mite’. You may be asking: where are the dinosaurs themselves? You can see the animatronic beasts around the park as well as being able to meet Dinosaur Adventure’s own T-Bone and Eotyrannus - who roam the park at peak times. This is ideal for families with children of any age. Certainly something to put on the agenda if you are staying at a holiday park near Norfolk such as Cherry Tree or Summerfields.
Torquay’s Dinosaur World, Devon
Dinosaur World is an indoor exhibition, which can be appreciated by every member of the family. Dare to put your head in the jaws of a real T-Rex skull, discover ancient fossils, or even uncover your own in the excavation area. This exhibition is filled with photo opportunities, plus the chance to interact with a triceratops. Dinosaur World is push-chair friendly, wheelchair- friendly, and even dog friendly (as long as they are kept on a lead). In case you want to come back you can buy a ‘Paleo Pass’ giving you re-entry in to the attraction for the duration of the pass. Ideal for something to see while on a day out to Torquay, especially those interested in finding out more about dinosaurs. This is nearest to Torquay Holiday Park, as well as Challaborough Bay Holiday Park, so undoubtedly worth a look.
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Dino Park, Dumfries and Galloway
Dino Park is a hidden treasure in South West Scotland, this is a scenic nature walk with the exciting addition of huge dinosaurs - try and see how many you can spot! The younger dino-hunters can also take a trip down the 'Dino-mine' and discover more secrets. Of course any monster day-out wouldn’t be complete without an excavation to discover your own fossils and bones from the Jurassic era. There’s also an adventure playground to enjoy after exploring the magnificent attraction. Dino Park is open seven days a week and even open for Halloween, where visitors are encouraged to dress up. It’s a 40 minute drive from Southerness Holiday Park, – but worth it to create amazing memories for the dinosaur buffs among your family.
This is one of the most visited areas in Britain, which attracts tourists from around the world to hunt for fossils, see the many museums, or simply to take in the fantastic scenery of the Jurassic Coast. This isn’t a movie, this is the real thing. The most sensational thing about fossil hunting on the coast is finding the right spot, then discovering ancient artifacts from the dinosaur era. Check out the official world heritage website for the Jurassic Coast for tips. There are also boat trips down the coast from various points if you prefer to see the stunning areas by sea. These trips are for everyone, but mainly for older families. For younger children there is a ‘Go Jurassic! Rangers’ club which allows them to get involved in fossil events all year round. West Bay Holiday Park is virtually on the Jurassic Coast, as are other parks in Dorset and Hampshire, so what better way to create amazing memories for dinosaur hunters of all ages?
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The Dinosaur Park, Tenby
The Dinosaur Park is both a dinosaur park AND an adventure theme park. The central attraction being the ‘Jurassic Journey’ a tour around Tenby’s trademark Dinosaur inhabited woodland area, you can also get in to the archaeological spirit in the ‘dino dig’. This attraction is fun for all the children, even ones who aren’t fans of dinosaurs. Outside you will find the astra slide, water bubbles and a crazy golf course. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Tubey Ride’ which is a dry rubber-ring slide. A fun day out for the whole family during your stay in South Wales, just 14 miles from Pendine Sands Holiday Park.
Courtesy of The Dinosaur Park, Tenby