About Field Station: Dinosaurs
Long before Jurassic Park brought dinosaur theme parks into the forefront of pop culture, generations of kids (and scientists) have been fascinated with all things prehistoric. And while we hope it will be a long while before scientists are cloning dinosaurs using long-lost DNA (we’ve seen the movie…), it takes only a quick trip over the Hudson to Secaucus to visit Field Station: Dinosaurs, where you’ll find a stunning array of 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs set against the breathtaking natural backdrop of the New Jersey Meadowlands.
Nestled at the base of a 150-million-year-old rock formation, Field Station: Dinosaurs combines cutting-edge science with brilliant artistry to create an experience that’s equally educational and fun. The story of dinosaurs is presented on 20 acres of wild woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails, and scientists from the New Jersey State Museum work with the park to ensure the exhibition is up-to-date with the latest research in paleontology and geology. They also have the largest animatronic dinosaur in North America -- the 90-foot-long Argentinosaurus.
In addition to the animatronic dinosaurs themselves, the park offers a number of different activities and attractions, including:
• Amphitheater Shows, including Dino Whodunit, a mystery starring the T-Rex that introduces the theories of dinosaur extinction; and Feeding Frenzy, a musical introduction to the eating habits and table manners of the dinosaurs.
• Workshops and Games, such as Avian Dinosaurs (a fun combo of science and theater), Found in New Jersey (go 400 million years back in time to see what New Jersey was like!), Mesozoic Concentration (a fast-paced game of mixing and matching); and Raptor Feud (like Family Feud, but with 100% more dinosaurs).
• Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, a big-screen show in which you can travel to the deserts of Mongolia and New Mexico to find fossils and uncover scientifically accurate computer-generated dinosaurs;
• Fossil Dig Site, where you can join the park’s team of paleontologists and see what it’s like to work on a real scientific expedition at one of New Jersey’s most popular dig sites; and
• T-Rex Games, the Field Station’s original family Olympics-style competition, in which every event is a dinosaur-themed test of skill or knowledge; winning teams photos appear on the park’s Facebook page.
You’ll also find informative group discussions along the trail, including:
• Alien Rocks, where rocks from the Moon, Mars, and beyond are on display;
• Dinosaur Dance Party, a toe-tapping, feet-stompin’ musical happening led by the Dinosaur Troubadour;
• What Color is Your Dinosaur?, an art project with the park’s resident paleo-Picassao in which you’ll help create an original dino mural.
All attractions may not be available on all days, but there are certainly enough of them that there will be plenty of things to do no matter what day you show up!
Wheelchairs and strollers are available for a $3 rental fee, and lockers are also available for $5. Outside food is permitted as long as you eat in the park’s picnic table area. Concessions are also available for sale inside the park. The park is open rain or shine; complimentary ponchos are available upon admission to the park for those willing to brave the weather. Comfortable shoes are recommended for the gravel paths.
Did you know?
The smallest dinosaur discovered (so far) was the Saltopus. It was only three feet long and weighed about five pounds—smaller than the average house cat!
The word dinosaur comes from Greek and means “terrible lizard,” but it was meant to refer to the creatures’ impressive size rather than their scary appearance.
Anyone who likes dinosaurs, paleontology, or simply something a bit different than the traditional theme park will appreciate Field Station: Dinosaurs and its unique blend of science and entertainment.
Good for kids?
Of course! All kids love dinosaurs, and this is the next-best thing to going back in time to actually be with dinosaurs in real-time. The one exception: kids who are easily scared, since the life-sized animatronic creatures in the park are fairly realistic.
Field Station: Dinosaurs Location Information:
One Dinosaur Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
New Jersey Transit to Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus (then a 10-minute walk).
If you are driving, use Exit 15X off the NJ Turnpike. Parking is available on-site for $10.