We discovered Prehistoric Gardens by accident while driving up the coast on our summer vacation this year. It sits 17 miles north of Gold Beach, OR and is an absolute must stop if you have anyone in the car who loves dinosaurs!
All the dinosaurs are life size and the walking path leads you through a beautiful prehistoric/rainforest garden. It’s been nestled along highway 101 since 1955. The self guided tour, with a map, took us about an hour to complete and it’s easily stroller and wheelchair accessible.
Every exhibit has a little sign with information about that particular dinosaur. It even sounds out the proper pronunciation which was a good thing because some of those names I couldn’t pronounce if I tried.
There are 23 dinosaur exhibits total. You aren’t allowed behind the fenced area which kind of made it hard with the kids wanting to “pet” all the dinosaurs but I can understand why they do it that way. The history of the place took a lot of time and dedication to make.
Admission was $12 for adults and $8 for kids 3-12. Seniors get a discount at $10 and children 2 and under are free. I did find this to be a little pricey considering there were 6 of us and it took less than an hour, but I am sure that it takes a lot of money to maintain and pay for such a precious piece of land nestled near the coast. Dogs are also allowed as long as they are on a leash and of course be courteous and clean up after them. I hate when I see dog owners who let their dogs poo wherever and then don’t clean it up.
I also have to comment on how clean the restrooms were here. I have 2 girls and anytime I come across a clean restroom it is a plus! There is also a little gift shop with souvenirs to purchase at the end of the tour.
It was a great time spent and of course great exercise after being cooped up in the car for a while.
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So if you ever find yourself traveling along highway 101 in southern Oregon, make sure you stop and check this place out! Hopefully your children will cooperate more than mine did for taking a picture.
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