Located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Dinosaur State Park has a combination of walking trails and a domed museum (the Arboretum). The museum was built on top of the 1966 discovery of over 200 dinosaur footprints during a construction dig. This in itself was pretty amazing; but what really blew my mind was that these prints are 200 Million years old. Try wrapping your head around that.
There is a Discovery Room that houses center-like tables where children can create bookmarks, pretend play with dinosaur puppets, or become geologists by examining rocks and fossils.
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Exhibits are open Tuesdays through Sunday 9-4:30, except Major Holidays. As much of the activities are outside, be mindful of the weather.
There is also a casting activity you can participate in IF YOU BRING YOUR OWN 15 POUNDS of plaster of paris.
It took about an hour and a half for us to travel back in time. I share this because we only stayed about an hour and half to do the walking trails and dome activities. So we spend double the time in the car than we did doing something. All fine and dandy, but I think that I would have made the stop in conjunction with another activity in the area to make the drive worth while.
Overall, if you are in the area, it is well worth the drive as a single activity day. But if you are over an hour, consider locating a few more things to do like the Connecticut Science Center, The Dinosaur Place, or the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (all of which are a part of the Connecticut Dino Trail).