Owning a pet pterodactyl is considered to be both a completely rewarding experience and fundamentally impossible. Attempt to outsmart extinction with admission to Dinosaur World in Cave City. Based on the explorers' ages, purchase one of the following Groupons:
- $4 ticket for children age 3–12 (a $9.75 value)
- $6 ticket for adults age 13 and up (a $12.75 value)
Dinosaur World creates heart-thumping, cup-of-water-shaking exhibits with more than 100 life-sized beasts. Interwoven with tree-lined paths, these looming mammoths stand conveniently still for photographic moments, and each provides a new nugget of prehistoric knowledge. If seeing is believing, then feeling is beyond reality itself at the fossil dig site, where future paleontologists dig and potentially take home authentic fossils like dino bone fragments, shark teeth, fax machines, and more. For anyone older than 12 or younger than three who wants to dig, the price is $2 extra. This local Dinosaur World also hosts a massive full-scale boneyard, where curious children can collectively dust the shoulders of a gentle giant.
In between devourings of knowledge, take a break for a picnic on-site, or test the evolutionary endurance of any active toddler on the children's playground. With a wide range of dinosaurs to see and a wide selection of contemporary prehistoric toys available in the gift shop, Dinosaur World is an open-ended opportunity for families to honor the past while thoroughly enjoying the present, T-Rex–free era. Leashed pets are welcome at Dinosaur World for no additional fees.
DisneyFamily.com names Dinosaur World in Cave City an Editors' Pick, and AirTran magazine calls its Texas location one of 50 Places Every Kid Should See. Seven TripAdvisors give the Cave City locale 4.5 stars:
- Dinosaurs in Kentucky? There were none (as far as we know) in this part of the state, but Dinosaur World is an over-the-top, fun romp nonetheless for toddlers to elementary school-aged kids. – DisneyFamily.com
- My 3 year old is crazy about dinosaurs and this was the perfect outing for him. There are over 100 life size dinosaurs and information/facts about them, the "dino walk" is so nice...shady, mostly paved, wooded, and quite an "adventure" as he called it. – kyoung08, TripAdvisor
Dinosaur World lets modern-day adventurers see what the world was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth. More than 150 life-size dinosaurs peer imposingly from the hillsides, crane their necks up through native trees, and stomp through prairie fields at the theme parks that stretch out over 20-plus acres of land in Texas, Florida, and Kentucky. The fiberglass, steel, and concrete dinosaurs reach up to 80 feet in length, and are built according to the latest scientific discoveries about what dinosaurs looked like.
Starting November 8, visitors will see 20 dinos come to life at the new animatronic dinosaur exhibit.
Visitors who want to experience what it's like to be a paleontologist can dig for fossils at the Fossil Dig and uncover a life-size stegosaurus skeleton from under the sand in the Boneyard. The Dino Gem Excavation lets explorers uncover something entirely different—real minerals and gems—and a geode cracker lets them split geodes to reveal their beautiful crystals. Before leaving, visitors can play on the dinosaur-themed playground and check out the Prehistoric Museum to see a variety of cast and real fossils.
711 Mammoth Cave Rd.
Cave City, Kentucky 42127Get Directions