I grew up on the hills of North Bergen, overlooking the New Jersey Meadowlands. Even back when I was a kid, I sensed something vaguely prehistoric about that swampy, marshy area with the ancient rock formations (Snake Hill) jutting out from the landscape. So when I learned that a dinosaur themed amusement park featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs was opeing in Secaucus NJ, my first thought was “I have to see this for myself!”. And so my family embarked on a field trip 90 million years back in time to Field Station: Dinosaurs!
Since its early days, Field Station: Dinosaurs has relocated from Secaucus to a bigger and better location in nearby Overpeck Park in Bergen County NJ.
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Field Station: Dinosaurs does not disappoint. This New Jersey park features over thirty life-sized dinosaurs (including the largest animatronic dinosaur ever created, a ninety foot long Argentinosaurus). My kids were amazed as these amazingly realistic dinosaurs came to life as they approached the exhibits (the dinosaurs are triggered by motion-sensing cameras). Over the course of an afternoon, we wound our way through twenty acres of wild terrain over a mysterious ¾ mile mountain pathway, taking in the awe-inspiring site of incredibly lifelike dinosaurs in a habitat very much like they would have lived in millions of years ago. Each exhibit includes facts about the dinosaur featured, and scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have cooperated with the park to ensure that the information put forth incorporates the most up to date findings in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies.
There are so many things to do at Field Station: Dinosaurs. The park features interactive amphitheater shows which encourage guests to explore the theories of dinosaur extinction, as well as to explore the convergence of myth, mystery and science linking dinosaurs, unicorns, monsters and legendary fire-breathing dragons. A number of short, engaging, and informative workshops and games are also offered, including “Found In New Jersey” where guests are encouraged to envision the New Jersey of the Paleozoic Era and the creatures that roamed the landscape at that time. Guest can also take in the 3-D movie Dinosaurs Alive! and follow the excursions of world-renowned paleontologists as they journey from the sandy dunes of the Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico. Budding paleontologists can even dig for fossils at New Jersey’s most popular dig site!
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a New Jersey must-see for dinosaur lovers young and old alike. The park is conveniently located just minutes from the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 80, and the George Washington Bridge For directions, use 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, New Jersey. Click HERE for BIG savings on admission or visit Field Station: Dinosaurs at www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com (or call 855-999-9010) for advance ticketing and more information, including special events and operating hours.