If you’re like me, the release of Jurassic World reminded you of your love for dinosaurs.
But where can you find the best exhibits or parks?
> Universal Studios Singapore
Let’s start with the obvious. Though we will never be able to see live dinosaurs, Universal Studios is the closest you will come to it. Home to Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Universal Studios Singapore is probably the best of the Universal Studios when it comes to Jurassic Park. Though Hollywood has the Jurassic Park Ride with animatronics and a treacherous drop, Singapore has a whole lot more to offer.
For the more adventurous, there’s the Amber Rock Climb where you’re able to “scale the walls of The Lost World to explore precious stones and fossilised insects” or if not that, there’s also the Canopy Flyer where you can soar with the other pterosaurs and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure which is home to a variety of creatures – a T-Rex or two, Raptors, and even a Parasaurolophus.
Note: Extra charges apply for the Amber Rock Climb.
> The Field Museum, Chicago
With one of the most impressive dinosaurs exhibits, Chicago’s Field Museum is home to Sue. Sue is the most completed and largest T-Rex fossil in the world. She looms over the entrance of the museum, though her skull actually sits displayed on the mezzanine level of the museum because it is so heavy. Sue was discovered in South Dakota in 1990 and was named after its founder.
> The Natural History Museum, London
Welcomed by a giant Diplodocus skeleton, this is just the beginning. The Natural History Museum in London is renowned for its dinosaur gallery. Guests are able to walk along the elevated platform passing various types of dinosaurs – both fossils and animatronics! The Animatronic T-Rex roars, growls and even moves! From there guests make their way downstairs, here there is more information about the dinosaurs and the different periods that they are from. Try and spot the Camarasaurus or the Triceratops (my favourite!)
> Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.
“Starting… 2014 to 2019, the National Museum of Natural History’s current Fossil Halls will undergo the largest and most complex renovation in the Museum’s history. The new exhibition will showcase our unrivaled fossil collection and present the most current scientific research.” New on display, the National Museum of Natural History is now showing the lost world of the last American dinosaurs.
> American Museum of Natural History, New York
AMNH’s main dinosaur attraction is the one that towers over guests by the main entrance – The barosaurus is the highest freestanding dinosaur display in the world. As well as this, AMNH also features several fossil halls.
> The Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels
This museum has the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe with over 35 skeletons on display. The most notable residents are the 30 Iguanadons discovered in 1878.
> Wyoming Dinosaur Center
Wyoming Dinosaur Center has become one of the more popular dinosaur destinations due to its proximity to the excavation site just down the street. With the “dig for a day” program, guests can get involved hands-on down the street at “one of the world’s richest bone fields”.
As well as this, the star resident at Wyoming Dinosaur Center is one of the longest dinosaurs in the world. The name Jimbo really downplays the fact that it is the largest and most complete specimen EVER found.
Note: it is also home to the only Archaeopteryx in North America
> Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is home to more than 30 prehistoric specimens, the most popular of which is one of the most complete raptors discovered in North America.
> Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas
Dinosaur Valley State Park is most popularly known for housing some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world, and are over 100million years old. They are available for viewing according to the river conditions.
> Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado
One of the more active attractions, Dinosaur Ridge combines both dinosaur exhibits and walking trails. Guests are able to take part on a hike along a 3km Dinosaur Ridge Trail, which has hundreds of dinosaur tracks and dinosaur bones.
> Iziko Museum, Cape Town
Iziko Museum is a great dinosaur destination because it features something a little different to the classic T-Rex. Iziko Museum features some of the lesser-known ‘African Dinosaurs’ that once inhabited the continent of Cape Town. “Realistic dioramas of ancient Karoo landscapes with fleshed-up reconstructions of some of our South African dinosaurs help bring the fossils back to life.”
> Field Station Dinosaurs, New Jersey
Now this isn’t necessarily a museum, though this is a lot closer to the Universal Studios type of destination. Field Station Museum is a miniature park featuring a wooded outdoor walking area where guests can view the 32 animatronic dinosaurs that reside there.
> Fernback Museum of Natural History, Atlanta
Ever heard of the gigantosaurus? This carnivorous dinosaur was known for its distinctive size in comparison to the T-Rex. When you hear the name, you can picture a creature of titanic size, though when standing next to the resident Argentinosaurus it may as well be an ant. The Argentinosaurus is a 100ton sauropod that is said to be the largest dinosaur EVER classified.
10 Dinosaurs to find around the world;
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
Where would you go when searching for dinosaurs around the globe?