Dinosaur Land

A theme park full of life-size dinosaur sculptures -- it's like a freeze-frame from "Jurassic Park."
9:30 am-5:30 pm March 1 - Memorial Day; 9:30 am-6:30 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day; 9:30 am-5:30 pm Labor Day - Dec. 31; Closed Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
(Virginia)
540-869-2222
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Editorial Review

Kids devour this 1960s-era theme park and its nearly four dozen kitschy fiberglass dino sculptures. Where else can you stroll under a pteranodon (a flying reptile) in a pine forest? Or watch life-size models of a megalosaur battling an apatosaurus? You'll also spy T-Rex on one of the earthen mounds along the winding gravel path. Some unusual dinos include the parrot-like psittacosaurus and a polacanthus with rows of spikes on its back.

You never know how the roadside attraction will affect its 43,000 visitors each year. University of Maryland paleontologist Thomas R. Holtz Jr. visited the space as a tyke. "My parents tell me I wanted to be a dinosaur when I grew up," he says. "Since that wasn't going to happen, I decided to study them."

--Barbara J. Saffir (Sunday Source, Aug. 13, 2006)