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A Trip Back in Time: Dinosaur Land

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In this case it was a trip back to the ’50s! On a recent wine-tasting weekend in the Shenandoah I passed Dinosaur Land Educational Prehistoric Park on Rt 522. Of course I had to stop!

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The very old-school amusement park starts with walk down a  long gift-shop aisle filled with ceramics, glass, and stuffed or plastic dinosaur figures. Then through the time tunnel and out onto the pre-historic grounds.

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Only the shark and King Kong can be climbed upon, all other animals are off limits.

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The figures are pretty well worn with time, but still lots of fun. We recognized creatures from the Jurassic Park movie and other misshapen looking things I’d never seen before.

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And things do get a little bit gory at times.

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I think the highlight is getting to sit in King Kong’s hand near the end!

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Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for kids (no AAA discounts) and it’s well worth it. I loved things like this growing up and now as an adult with a camera and a sense of humor, I could still revel in it.

What’s been the most delightful tourist stop you’ve made?


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