Prehistoric Gardens ~ Gold Beach, OR

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.

Prehistoric Gardens Gold Beach OR vacation travel dinosaur exhibitEvery 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.Prehistoric Gardens Gold Beach OR vacation travel dinosaur exhibit

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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Prehistoric Gardens Gold Beach OR vacation travel dinosaur exhibit

Prehistoric Gardens Gold Beach OR vacation travel dinosaur exhibit

Prehistoric Gardens Gold Beach OR vacation travel dinosaur exhibit 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.

Safe Travels,

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Imagination Matters ~ The Garden

Imagination Matters The Garden

Last year my husband built me two beautiful garden boxes.  I started my plants from seed as I was determined that I was going to be a certified gardener.  That didn’t go as planned.  I live in an area where there is a chance of freezing right up until Memorial Day Weekend.  Needless to say the plants froze one night and died.  And because we had just moved into this house the yard that lead to my garden boxes began to grow weeds…quickly.  Could someone please tell me why weeds grow without any maintenance or water!!!  I also live in an area where snakes and scorpions like to dwell so there was no way I was venturing outside and having a chance encounter with one hiding in them weeds.

We got landscaping put in at the end of summer last year but it was too late to plant anything.  So this year I decided to go with already established plants.  The kids were beyond excited to get to planting.  So on memorial day weekend I ventured off to the local nursery and purchased an assortment of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries.

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My mini monster B man has been a bit more interested in it then my girls have been.  He’s 5 and full of imagination and absolutely loves to learn about anything and everything.  So everyday he has been going out and watering our garden boxes, twice a day, since it has been dreadfully hot here.  He has patiently waited with anticipation for something….anything to grow.

Imagination Matters The Garden

Lastnight he finally got to have a taste of the fruits of his labor in the juiciest, yummiest and probably most satisfying tomato either of us has ever eaten.  As you can see below pictured on his face.

Imagination Matters The Garden

I have also used all of the herbs we planted.  Basil, oregano, dill, and cilantro.  The basil is growing like crazy which is a good thing that I use it in a lot of dishes I make.  I can’t believe I was paying close to $4 for a small bundle of it at the grocery store and now here I can go and get it out of my garden for FREE!  It just doesn’t get any better then that my friends.

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