Field Station: Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs
Photo credit: Shannon Entin/Homeschool TravelingMom

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a 20-acre, wooded park inhabited by more than 30 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. Even though you’re only a minute off the New Jersey Turnpike, you’ll feel transported 90 million years back in time!

Located in Secaucus, NJ, Field Station: Dinosaurs is a unique twist on going to the zoo. Following a path through the woods, you’ll encounter incredible, full-size dinosaurs that roar and move subtly. It’s exciting to feel instantly transported into your own personal Jurassic Park – you’re reminded where you really are only when you catch a glimpse of the beautiful New York City skyline between the trees.

TMOM Travel DisclosureEach dinosaur has its own information board that explains where they were found in the world, who discovered them, how big they were and other interesting facts. As my daughter and I made our way through the park, I was amazed at how much we learned.

Amphitheater at Field Station: Dinosaurs

Amphitheater at Field Station: Dinosaurs. Photo credit: Shannon Entin/Homeschool TravelingMom

There’s also a lot to learn at the many fun, interactive stations and tents throughout the park. We enjoyed the Dinosaur Dance Party, Dinosaurs Alive! 3D movie, Feeding Frenzy, Dino Whodunit?, T-Rex games, a coloring station, and a fossil dig site complete with sand, shovels, pails and fossils. The programs are interactive, musical, and educational.

A highlight of our visit was the amphitheater. Lined with camping stools for a real “around the campfire” effect, the amphitheater offers several shows daily that teach kids (and parents) not only about dinosaurs, but also about birds, rocks, fossils, and more. We loved listening to the catchy tunes sung by the troubadour (“The mighty T-Rex, the mighty T-Rex, no one forgets the mighty T-Rex!”), and learning about the multitude of dinosaur fossils found in New Jersey.

While my nine-year-old daughter was right on the verge of being a little too old for the attraction, she enjoyed her day at Field Station: Dinosaurs. She especially loved the “cute little velociraptors” and the entertaining musical numbers held in the amphitheater.

Petting a baby dinosaur

Petting a baby dinosaur.
Photo credit: Shannon Entin/Homeschool TravelingMom

Moms will love the availability of tented, shaded sitting areas. While the kids are digging for fossils, parents can stay cool on nearby benches under a tent. The main picnic area is also tented and offers plenty of tables. You can bring your own food into the park or enjoy lunch from the grill, with options like Dino Dogs, Bronto Burgers and T-Rex Italian Ices.

Field Station: Dinosaurs is an easy day-trip from anywhere around New York City or northern New Jersey. Conveniently located just off the NJ Turnpike, it’s also only a ten-minute walk from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit stop. A day pass is $25.00 for adults, and $20.00 for children ages 3-11, or get the Explorer’s Pass which includes the Dinosaurs Alive! 3D movie for $28.00 (adults) and $23.00 (children). There are also special programs such as Dinosaurs After Dark and Dozin’ with Dinos that require pre-registrations. Check their web site for all the options!