Dinosaur State Park in Connecticut


Dinosaur State Park is one of the largest dinosaur excavation and track sites in North America. The impressive collection of tracks is a part of early Jurassic display and is virtually unrivaled. The park is under a natural geodesic dome that formed 200 Million years ago and still stands intact. Visitors of this museum can enjoy a view from above that opens up onto well preserved Mesozoic floodplain where hundreds of dinosaurs walked and left their tracks. The museum has dioramas of Triassic and Jurassic environments, plenty of interactive exhibits, and a great collection of fossils for visitors to learn about.

Camping Dinosaur State Park in Connecticut

Camping near Dinosaur State Park

The park itself does not allow camping, but there are many campgrounds close by that offer all kinds of amenities and are just a short drive from the park, so you won't have to travel far to see the tracks and the fossils.

Amenities at Dinosaur State Park

The park is equipped for day visits and has restrooms and picnic facilities, so you can spend all day exploring and feel comfortable. There is a Friend's Bookshop, an auditorium, and discovery classroom to make your visit not only fun, but also educational.

Activities at the Park

Visitors come here mainly for walking trails and can explore the park and the tracks on their own pace. Little dinosaur lovers enjoy crafts, fossil boxes, outdoor bingo, scavenger hunt, letter boxing, and movies in the museum's auditorium. These activities are fun for the entire family and will keep you busy for hours. Large groups are very welcome here, so the park is popular destination for school field trips and scout troops. Dinosaur tracks, life-size diorama, geologic formations, and educational expositions are available in the dome. You can get up close and personal to the tracks on the ground doing track casting, gem and fossil mining sluice, and viewing the arboretum of evolution. The museum really brings those majestic creatures close to our times and lets us have a glimpse into their Earth (see also Best Things to Do in Connecticut).

Address:
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Park Hours:
9 am to 4:30 pm every day
Trails close at 4 pm
Exhibit Center 9 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday
Park Fees:
$6 for adults and children 13 or older
$2 youth (6-12 years)
Free children under 6 and Charter Oak Pass Holders