Stone Mountain Park has recently completed a new attraction in their Crossroads area. Dinosaur Explore is set to open on March 30th and runs through the 2017 season. This attraction features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects that give them the appearance of moving and roaring just like dinosaurs might have when they were alive. The Dinosaur Explore attraction is included with a daily Adventure pass and with Mountain Membership.
We had the privilege of being at Dinosaur Explore during the ribbon cutting ceremony this past week and being among the first to check out the new exhibit. We were blown away! All 7 of us had a great time visiting the dinosaurs and digging in the sandpit for fossils. If you’d like to see what to expect on the path, check out my Facebook live video.
My 18 month old couldn’t get enough of the dinosaurs and we ended up walking through the exhibit several times to satisfy his desire for seeing the dinosaurs. He wanted to stop and wave at each one and then growl at it! Even the 13 year old and adults were having fun exploring the exhibit.
It was so much fun that the park employees are completely in character at this attraction. There are dinosaur trainers and even a scientist that talks about how he made the Dinotorium. Very well done all around.
There are so many things to experience in Dinosaur Explore. I’ve posted some tips below to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
7 Tips For Making the Most of Your Dinosaur Explore Trip at Stone Mountain Park
- Be sure to visit each dinosaur along the path and read the facts. There are interesting tidbits all along the path so your Dinosaur Explore trip can count as a learning activity, too!
- Take your time and watch each of the dinosaurs move. You never know how they will move or the sound that they make. Let your little ones set the pace and watch as they soak it all in.
- Visit the Dino Dig and dig in the sand. At the bottom, you just might find a fossil or even a bone! We did!
- Visit with Bagel! Look for times posted when Bagel, the dinosaur in training, makes his presence. The trainer will walk the audience through helping Bagel perform tricks including singing! Feel free to ask questions about Bagel. The employees are all in character and love to talk about the exhibit. You can pet Bagel as well.
- Watch for Hattie, the baby dinosaur. Hattie is seen in a little carrier being held by her handler. She loves interacting with the public, but remember use only 2 fingers and pet the dinos only on their nose or chin so they don’t get nervous 😉
- Look for Reggie, the dinosaur that walks around and visits with the public. He’s fun to pet as well.
- Swing by the Dinotorium to let the kids unwind and run off some energy. The Dinotorium is 4 levels of fun, featuring super slides, trampoline floors, climbing structures and over 65 interactive games for families and children.
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Also, be sure to read our post about camping at Stone Mountain Park. It’s fun for the whole family!
Huge thank you to Stone Mountain Park for inviting us out to check out this new exhibit. We had a blast!