It’s been on my list for a while now, Dinosaur Park in Bastrop County, is a hidden gem that will be fun for both parents and kids alike. We decided to spend the day heading East of Austin. We don’t adventure out this way often and I was excited that we finally made a plan. We had a few things that we wanted to see on our adventure but first thing was a visit with Dinosaur Park. This fun outdoor style museum takes Dinosaurs to a new level. While most indoor Dinosaur exhibits in museums show you the skeletal structure of the amazing creatures, Dinosaur Park gives you a peek at what it would be like to see Dinosaurs as they roamed the Earth. The towering statues range in size from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus (this one is a personal favorite).
The park is designed with a trail layout. The trail is a single loop and along the way you you will find the wonders of the Jurassic Period. Make sure that when you start the trail you snag an i-Spy paper with clues and facts about what ou will find along the way. Our kids had a blast finding the dino foot print markers that cooresponded with the iSpy clues and the adults had a great time learning some new facts to expand out Dino knowledge.
Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area and a wonderful Dinosaur Store stocked with drinks, snacks and a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan! Entrance to the park is through the Dinosaur store so parents to ready! The park operates on a schedule that follows the school calendar so make sure to check hours before you plan your visit.
Covered pavillion in the open play area is available to be reserved for birthday parties or large groups by paying a reservation fee. We saw a birthday party getting underway while we were there and the kids were so excited to go see all of the dinosaurs.