Not only is The Good Dinosaur a great animated movie, it’s sparking a love for dinosaurs in kids. This love will probably have lots of kids asking to see dinosaurs.
While that isn’t really possible, in living form anyways, there are lots of places to find dinosaurs in the United States!
9 Places to Find Dinosaurs
in the United States
Location: Carnegie Quarry in Jensen, Utah,
At the Dinosaur National Monument you can touch real dinosaur bones and go river rafting! Here, sandstones trapped dinosaur bones millions of years ago.
They have been preserved for us to get hands on with! When you are done, you can explore the wilderness via the river.
Location: Rocky Hill, CT
Under a geodesic dome in Connecticut is Dinosaur State Park! Home to one of the world’s largest dinosaur trackways.
You’ll find hundreds of 200 million-year-old footprints. How awesome is that?! When you are done inside the dome, you can enjoy over 2 miles of nature trails with more than 250 species.
Location: Thermopolis, WY
The 12-square-foot Wyoming Dinosaur Center includes over 75 quarries! Dinosaur remains are nearby at Warm Springs Ranch as well.
One of the reasons I would love to get there with the kids is their Dig for a Day Program! You can actually dig on a REAL working excavation site!
Location: Morrison, Colorado
Dinosaur Ridge Trail features the quarry where the world’s first Stegosaurus skeleton debuted in 1877. Triceratops Trail is also nearby! Check out footprints, plant fossils, and lots more fun found between the sandstone walls.
Location: Glen Rose, Texas
Dinosaur Valley State Park is home to footprints made by the largest animals ever to walk the earth. The Sauropods. A 9 year-old boy discovered three-toed footprints over a century ago and they still impress visitors today.
Location: New York
The American Museum of Natural History has several Fossil Halls featuring dinosaur skeletons and more. I’ve been to New York a few times for business, and haven’t made it yet. I can’t wait for the trip that I have extra time to fit this in!
#7 Dinosaur Journey Museum
Location: Fruita, Colorado
Dinosaur Journey Museum features hands-on exhibits, a simulation ride, sandbox for dinosaur track making, quarry dig site for kids, and more! There are also real dinosaur bones and robotic reconstructions to experience.
Location: Black Hills Badlands, South Dakota
Dinosaur Park is one I visited as a kid! This free park has a giant dinosaur that is a perfect for photo opps.
While there are no dinosaur bones to touch, there is a beautiful view of the South Dakota Badlands, where many dinosaur bones and footprints have been found.
Location: Woodland Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center features exhibits and a children’s learning center. You can even peer through the window at scientists and technicians working in the Paleo Lab!
Do you know of somewhere else can you find dinosaurs in the United States?