Deep in the heart of Secaucus, New Jersey lies Field Station Dinosaurs. Who knew that someone tried to recreate Jurassic Park right where Jimmy Hoffa is said to be buried? Well for about $50 admission for one adult and one child, you too can experience life in the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Triassic Periods all in one place! Given that the Mesozoic Era covered about 186 million years, that's a lot of Dinosaurs to pack into one park.
The T-Rex has the best view in the house, with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Clearly a hologram of Northwestern North America from about 65 to 100 million years ago was not in the budget:
And if there was any doubt that this was a life-like T-Rex, notice his fearsome open jaws:
Although Eliza and her 3 best friends seemed to enjoy themselves, the photos tell a different story:
There was quite a selection of dinosaurs though. We saw a Quetzalcoaltus, which is not something you want to wake up to, even in Secaucus:
And an Argentinasaurus (I think).
If you are lucky and live in Canada, you might be able to get the same experience of visiting the set of Dino Dan :)
One great disappointment was the gift shop. Like any self-respecting you must exit via the gift shop. Since Eliza and her pals are dino experts, they were deeply saddened by the quality of dino-related toys and gizmos in the gift shop. It was so bad, two out of the three kids (I won't name names) pronounce the selection to be "crap." "Crap" is not one of the words on Eliza's summer "Word Wall" but I am sure her teacher will be pleased nonetheless that her vocabulary and list of sight words are expanding.
Despite the abject cheesiness of the place, it was a fine way to spend a day.
I never did find the Jimmy Hoffa.