Most People Have No Idea This Unique Park In New Jersey Exists
New Jersey has a wide range of attractions that visitors of all ages will enjoy, but how many of those attractions can take you 90 million years back in time? That’s right, folks: there’s a dinosaur park in New Jersey that will take you back to the Mesozoic Era! Dinosaurs lived during three periods of geological time — the Triassic period (which was 252-201 million years ago), the Jurassic period (about 201-145 million years ago), and the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago) –and Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey will transport to back to this infamous time when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Let’s take a little trip back in time, shall we?
If you’d like to learn more about this amazing dinosaur park in New Jersey, enjoy this short video by Field Station: Dinosaurs highlighting some key components of the exhibit and featuring the dinosaurs in motion. See how they move for yourself.
If you’re looking for another unforgettable, hidden gem attraction in New Jersey, be sure to check out this stunning sculpture garden!
Dinosaur Park in New Jersey
What other attractions in New Jersey are fun for dinosaur lovers?
In addition to the above dinosaur park in New Jersey, Riker Hill Fossil Site is a must-visit for serious dino enthusiasts. This 16-acre paleontological site is located in Roseland, New Jersey, and is a total hidden gem. It’s one of the most significant fossil deposits in the United States, and is unique in the amount of dinosaur tracks that are preserved. Originally a stone quarry, dinosaur tracks were discovered here in 1968. Over the course of several years, they uncovered more than one thousand dinosaur, animal and insect tracks from the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic period. While the public was once free to visit and collect fossils, but access to the site is now restricted. However, you’re free to visit the art park, a former military outpost, and it’s nonetheless a cool place to learn about. With proper tools (or simply a strainer) you may be able to find (and take home) fossils from this beautiful brook. You can also dig for minerals at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, one of my favorite New Jersey attractions.
Are there many hidden gems in New Jersey?
Yes! From museums and monuments to beaches and beautiful parks, The Garden State is full of hidden gems. Some of our favorites include: Rutgers Gardens, a secret garden hidden between highways; Women’s Federation Monument, a beautiful tower that overlooks the Hudson River from atop the Palisades Cliffs and commemorates the role of the New Jersey Women’s Federation; and the world’s oldest magic shop, which was once owned by Houdini, and has been in business for Martinka has been in business for 130 years.
What are some unique places in New Jersey?
Since we’re on the topic of dinosaurs, there’s a really unique attraction in Downtown Haddonfield that’s simply too cool for words! The first full dinosaur skeleton to be found in North America was discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, New Jersey! Bet you didn’t know that. While the skeleton is currently on display in Philadelphia, Downtown Haddonfield commemorates its paleontological notoriety with a life-size dinosaur model. If you totally geek out about dinosaurs (and who doesn’t, really?), check out this NJ fossil park!