Five Dino-Mite Sites to Recreate Jurassic World

If the blockbuster summer hit Jurassic World* has taught us anything (besides that dinosaurs are big money), it’s that dinosaurs and humans don’t mix. At least, in the case of live dinosaurs. But dead ones--well, that’s another story.

You don’t have to fly the family to Isla Nublar (or its stand-in Kauai, Hawaii) to have your own dinosaur adventure of a lifetime. Here are five “dino-mite” places to see non-human-devouring dinosaurs.

And if the real thing isn’t enough for you, Universal brings the blockbuster to life with the Jurassic Park River Adventure in Orlando, FL. Ready to run from the raptors?

*Chris Pratt leather vest is optional. 

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Thermopolis, WY
The Wyoming Dinosaur Center is a 16,000 square foot museum complex in the Big Horn Basin of central Wyoming. It includes a world-class museum with over 30 mounted skeletons, working dig sites, and a complete modern preparation laboratory. Dig for a Day programs allow individuals and families to walk the same ground as ancient dinosaurs and watch as scientists remove fossils from burial sites.

La Brea Tar Pits

Los Angeles, CA
Located right in the heart of downtown L.A., the La Brea Tar Pits Museum displays Ice Age fossils—including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and mammoths—from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits. But visitors can also watch the processes of paleontology unfold. Every day inside the glass-enclosed Fossil Lab, scientists and volunteers prepare fossils including Zed, a recently discovered male Columbian mammoth

American Museum of Natural History

New York, NY
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions and has one of the greatest dinosaur fossil collections in the world. The main attraction for dinosaur lovers is the five-story Barosaurus display, which shows the enormous plant-eating dinosaur rearing up to protect its young against an attacking Allosaurus. In addition, the museum features two exhibit halls dedicated to the major types of dinosaurs.

The Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago, IL
Travel around the world, go back in time, and discover things you never knew at The Field Museum. Sue, the museum’s resident 67-million-year-old T. rex is the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex in the world. Standing at 13-foot-tall, 42-foot-long with razor-sharp teeth, she’s definitely a showstopper. The Great Fossil Hunt allows kids to identify real fossils and create a dig-pit grid system to record the location of found fossils while the Evolving Planet exhibit features examples from every major dinosaur group.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
The National Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is closed for major renovation until 2019, but dinosaurs are currently on view in the new exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs on the second floor of the museum and include a tall, long-necked diplodocus and an armored stegosaurus. The current exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World features fossils recovered by Smithsonian scientists from the Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota in July 2013.

July 13, 2015