5 Rad Things To Do At Ogden’s Dinosaur Park

STORIESThe George S. Eccles Dinosaur park is a hidden gem along Ogden’s River Parkway.  Before I had ever ventured into the museum I remember I had biked past it, almost crashing when I saw a T-Rex peeking out at me from behind the gate. After the first shock, stopping to say hello to dinos became a favorite activity for us during our biking adventures.  On my most recent trip to Dino Park I tagged a long with local mom bloggers, The Salt Project, and I learned some cool new things about this local attraction.

Inside the museum you can find giant replicas of dinosaurs, amazing gems and jewelry from real Utah stones and  interactive exhibits. But beyond the normal museum exhibits there are some super fun things to do that you may not have taken advantage of yet. Here are  5 things I picked for rad things to do during your next visit to Dino Park PLUS a super rad giveaway for 4 local families thanks to The Salt Project!

1-Become a Paleontologist Technician

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Everyone who works at Dinosaur park is a volunteer, including the paleontologists in the lab!  Dino park hosts quarterly training sessions where you can learn how to work in the lab with REAL fossils and artifacts. Experienced lab volunteers work with you through hands on training to help you become a dino pro. Trained volunteers may take part in museum-sponsored digs, specimen preparation projects, and public outreach programs along with their work in the museum lab.

2-Go on a scavenger hunt

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Dino Park has these awesome little field guides to help guide you through the park while learning about dinosaurs. When you finished all the activities and found all the hidden gems,  you can get a prize from the gift shop! This is a great way to get the kiddos to slow down on the trails and really take a look around to learn in a fun way.

3-Dig for bones

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Ok, not real bones, but definitely some real treasures. Outside there is a sand pit with shovels and brushes so the kids can get a feel for what a real scientist might do on site. Inside there is a pit full of treasure that the kids can find and take home. In the Gem Mine you are given 10 minutes to find as many gems and treasures as you can,  in the Gold Sleuce you can pan for real gold and in the Geode  Splitter you can bust open a rock to see what fantastic treasures lie inside.  Prices vary but excitement is free!

4-Have a picnic

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You can not bring food into the indoor museum but you can pack your own lunch,  or buy something from the café, for the outside picnic area.  There are several large patches of grass and picnic tables for you to sit on and a little shade too for those hot summer days. I suggest grabbing a pack of Mormon Muffins from Rainbow Gardens, and don’t forget the honey butter!

5-Play on dinosaurs

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Climbing on fossils and sculptures is a big No-No but the Dino Museum knows the temptation is REAL. Outside there are 2 playgrounds to climb, jump and slide on including several dino sculptures and a huge slide tower. There is also a smaller playground that is easy for wobbly toddlers to climb on with a Komodo Dragon sculpture that is just the right size for little legs.

So there you have it, my 5 picks for totally awesome activities to take advantage of at Dino Park. Be sure to try one or all of them out during your next visit!

Photo credit: http://saltproject.co/

Photo credit: http://saltproject.co/

 

Check out amazing photos of Dino Park  and more on our adventure at http://saltproject.co/.

 

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.

22 Comments

  1. I have never been in the Dinosaur Park but one day was on a trail and looked over the fence- to see dinosaurs! I would love to be able to take my son (and my husband) to see this. Thank you!

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    • Us too haha it’s so much more fun inside the fence 😉

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    • Never ever? you have to go!

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  2. The dino park is so much fun. My little Jackson has fun “playing” with the dinosaurs and feeding the ducks. 🙂 He is obsessed with dinosaurs!

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    • The ducks are hilarious!

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  3. I would love to take my grandkids!

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  4. The two playgrounds with dinosaurs to climb on sounds fantastic for us!

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  5. I would love to take my children, we don’t live that far away from Ogden, Utah.

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  6. Our favorite part of the dino park is the building with the gemstones, we can spend hours in there, we’d love to go back and see them again!

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    • Us too, I want all the jewelry!

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  7. My kids would love the playgrounds with dinosaurs to climb on.

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    • It’s so fun, the tree slide is so cool.

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  8. My family and I have always LOVED the dinosaur park! We’ve gone for several years now, and it’s always a blast. We especially love the Halloween trick or treat event, and the Dino Day Camp they had during the summer!

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    • It’s so fun, Easter too! I have yet to try the day camp though.

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  9. I’ve never really been inside the Dino Park except for when I ran the Dino race last year. Yabba Dabba-Doo. I would love to be able to take my grandkids their and see all the fun dinosaur digs and fossils.

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  10. I want to go because we have never been and I have a little dinosaur lover.

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