- $15 for admission to a prehistoric theme park for two (up to $24 value)
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Ferns rustle in the wind. An unseen insect chirrups from a log. And high overhead hangs the head of a three-story-tall brachiosaurus. This is Prehistoric Gardens. In 1953, Ernie Nelson embarked on a three-year mission: to build a theme park filled with physiologically accurate dinosaurs. More than 60 years and 20 sculptures later, the park is thriving. A stegosaurus, triceratops, and anklyosaurus graze in this rainforest along with models of less well-known critters.
The beasts may be make-believe, but that rainforest is very real, by the way. A vast ecosystem of old-growth trees grows to enormous size, as do gigantic ferns and even the lowly leaves of skunk cabbage. It's all possible thanks to a natural valley that shields the park from the freezing Pacific winds. Annual rainfall reaches up to 10 feet per year, allowing for a flourishing garden of prehistoric algae and 300-year-old redwoods.