Looking for inexpensive places to visit before the kids return to school? If you’re planning a trip to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia take time to check out Dinosaur Land. It’s an inexpensive roadside attraction that has been around since 1962, and is a great place for photo ops with the little dinosaur lover.
I‘ve taken my grandson twice. The first visit he was overwhelmed by the huge creatures. He was 2 at the time. We took him back a few years later and he loved it. The park is deceiving, it looks quite small from the outside, but once you get inside the gates there’s a nice spread and the dinosaurs are quite large. There are more than 32+ prehistoric figures on display with their names and a little history.
Crushed stone paths weave throughout the park. It’s a self-guided tour, so you can move at your own pace. There a few benches to rest on if you need to while enjoying a nice breeze in the shade before proceeding. The park is never filled to a point where it’s difficult to maneuver around the displays and you can get your stroller through easy if you have one.
The children are allowed to touch the displays with care. Now I have to admit I didn’t see many children rushing to touch any of the displays, lol, but it is an option.
There is an area in the park where some of the dinosaurs are bloodied from a day of battle or a meal. That display is small, but could be an issue with some some children. The park is showing some wear, but it is clean and a nice place to hang out for an hour or two. They have a nice cool souvenir shop where the kids can browse and pick up a model of their favorite dinosaur once the tour is complete. The entry fee is $6.00 for ages 11 and up and $5.00 for children ages 2-10. I give it a thumbs up.