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Recently the North Dakota tourism office asked me to share with you why we’d love to visit someday. While North Dakota offers a wide variety of fun things to do from historic sites to outdoor activities, I chose to focus on all the dinosaur fun you can find there.
Dinosaurs are always a BIG hit with little boys but with the recent release of Jurassic World in theaters, dinosaurs are BIGGER than ever at our house. While visiting a real life Jurassic Park isn’t really possible, you can find some dinosaur fossil fun in North Dakota.
1. State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center
From life-sized casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops to Dakota, the 67-million-year-old hadrosaur fossil, you’ll find plenty of dinosaur fun at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismark. Dakota, also known as a Dino-Mummy, is a naturally preserved hadrosaur mummy with skin intact and visible scales. There’s also an underwater world exhibit that showcases the largest giant squid fossil!
2. Dakota Dinosaur Museum
The Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, North Dakota features 13 full-scale dinosaur skeletons. It also features rhinoceros and bison fossils discovered in the area. Plan a summer visit, this museum is only open May 1st through Labor Day.
3. North Dakota Geological Survey Paleontology Fossil Digs Program
How would you like to help dig up fossils? My boys like to dig in our backyard, I know they’d go crazy if we had the opportunity to dig for dinosaur bones! The public fossil dig program allows for actual paleontological experience, making it both an amazing ecotourism activity and also a fun learning opportunity. The programs occur during the summer and vary in price.
4. Pioneer Trails Regional Museum
If you’re headed to Bowman, then the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum is the place to find dinosaur fossils. It’s open year round and family friendly with self guided tours.
Have you ever been to North Dakota?
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