Scientists now believe that dinosaurs were covered in feathers, most likely after being dunked in hot tar pits by law-enforcing mammoths. Travel back to colonial Pangaea with today’s Groupon to Dinosaur World in Glen Rose. Choose between the following options:
- For $4, you get one admission for a child age 3–12 (a $9.75 value).
- For $6, you get one admission for an adult age 13 and older (up to a $12.75 value).
With an outdoor museum that evokes the ancient beasts’ natural habitat, Dinosaur World transports kids and adults to a prehistoric kingdom ruled by more than 150 life-size dinosaur statues. Families of triceratops, boy bands of spike-tailed stegosaurs, and herds of brachiosaurs reside among the grasses and trees at the side of the park's pathways. Made from fiberglass, steel, and concrete, the statues measure up to 80 feet in length and reflect the latest scientific discoveries in colorful, lifelike detail. Guests can venture to the fossil dig site and sift through sand to uncover authentic fossils such as shark's teeth, trilobites, and ammonites (free for children ages 3–12; $2 for adults and children younger than 3). After unearthing up to three fossils, paleontologists can take their prizes home and re-bury them for millions more years deep in the living-room sofa. Elsewhere, the indoor museum displays everything from dinosaur eggs to velociraptor claws, and the gift shop stocks dinosaur-related books and fossils.
Because it may take up to four geological epochs to tour the entire Dinosaur World park, a shaded picnic area encourages guests to bring lunches. As with children under 3 years old, friendly pets may enter the park for free, as long as they remain on their leashes at all times and resist chewing on the tyrannosaur's toe bones.
Though the creatures on display at Dinosaur World don’t need much space to roam, plenty of care has been taken to furnish them a comfortable habitat. They peer imposingly from the hillsides of Kentucky, crane their necks up through native trees, and stomp through prairie fields. Although a life-size mammoth or T. rex might be hard to miss, little visitors might still jump with delight at noticing a baby dino suddenly appear from behind a bush. Giant brachiosaurus necks arch high above treetops, while toothy meat-eaters and spiny stegosauruses roam the world below. The fiberglass, steel, and concrete models reach up to 80 feet in length, and are built according to the latest scientific discoveries about what dinosaurs looked like and what styles were trendy in the Mesozoic era.
The first Dinosaur World location was a former alligator farm in Florida and five years later another one was opened in Kentucky. As Swedish-born Christer Svensson began to fill it with statues, he consulted with experts around the world to not only create realistic reptiles but to surround them with fun, educational activities. Kids can sift through sand to find shark’s teeth, gastropod shells, and trilobites in a fossil dig, get to know some lizards a little better on the playground, or examine ancient eggs and raptor claws in the museum.