Dinosaurs are cool, right? I've always "liked" dinos in a casual way but ever since I became a father to a dinosaur-loving girl, I've been going out of my way to incorporate them more into her life. We were thrilled while watching Prehistoric Planet, a documentary event hosted by Sir David Attenborough. It was one of those few times when dinosaurs felt real.
When I say my kid loves dinosaurs, I'm underselling it. Last Halloween, we went to a neighborhood that had a block party atmosphere. Once we hit the house with the people having a T-Rex dance party, she made sure we never left. When she was little, she would take us up and down the floors of the traveling animatronic dinosaur show.
She, at two, was the expert. When she was older, we took her to OMSI. I remember feeling underwhelmed by that show because it wasn't too different from the traveling shows. Even my daughter was disappointed. But wait until I take her to the Prehistoric Gardens in southern Oregon.
Prehistoric Gardens is located along Highway 101 on the southern Oregon coast. What makes this experience atypical to the usual dino experience I've encountered is that the dinosaurs are shrouded throughout the woods, giving off a prehistoric rainforest feeling. Now, these dinosaurs appear to be statues, so they're not going to be moving or growling. But just imagine the fun of exploring nature with 23 different dinos to find. Fun for kids, sure. I think this would be a lot of fun for adults, too!
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