Not only is The Good Dinosaur a great animated movie, it’s also sparking a love for dinosaurs in kids that don’t already have one. Which in turn 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
Located at the Carnegie Quarry in Jensen, Utah, the Dinosaur National Monument is a place where you can touch real dinosaur bones and go river rafting! Sandstones trapped dinosaur bones millions of years ago and they have been preserved for us to get hands on with, and when you are done, you can explore the wilderness via the river.
Located in Rocky Hill, CT under a geodesic dome is Dinosaur State Park! Home to one of the world’s largest dinosaur trackways, you will 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.
Located in Thermopolis, WY is the 12-square-foot Wyoming Dinosaur Center, and over 75 quarries featuring dinosaur remains are nearby at Warm Springs Ranch. 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!
Located in Morrison, Colorado is Dinosaur Ridge Trail and the quarry where the world’s first Stegosaurus skeleton debuted in 1877. Triceratops Trail is also nearby, where you can check out footprints, plant fossils, and lots more found between the sandstone walls.
Located in Glen Rose, Texas is Dinosaur Valley State Park and home of footprints made by the largest animals ever to walk the earth. The Sauropods. A 9 year-0ld boy discovered three-toed footprints over a century ago and they still impress visitors today.
Located in New York, the American Museum of Natural History as 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
Located in Fruita, Colorado is the Dinosaur Journey Museum featuring hands-on exhibits, 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.
Located in Black Hills Badlands South Dakota is Dinosaur Park and one that I visited as a kid! This is a free park and there is a giant dinosaur that is a perfect for photo opps. While there are no dinosaur bones to touch, there is a beautiful of the South Dakota Badlands where many dinosaur bones and footprints have been found.
Located in Woodland Park, Colorado is the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center. At the center, you can explore exhibits, have fun in the children’s learning center, and evening 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?