Dinos Arrive at the Minnesota Zoo
By Ellie M. Bayrd
I grew up with a younger brother who loved dinosaurs, especially Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex. This summer, when he and his kids are in town from Seattle, I know we’ll trek down to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley and check out the dinosaurs on display at the zoo. The zoo's Dinosaurs exhibit runs through September 3 (cost: $4 with admission).
No, the zoo doesn’t have real, live dinosaurs roaming the grounds, but it does have 15 larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs that visitors can find on the Northern Trail. Dinos on display include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Troodon, Diplophosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Chasmosaurus. And these big guys don't just stand there, they move and roar. You can even sit on a T-Rex for a photo op.
Throughout the summer, the zoo will have Dino Nites, with music, face painting, and more, and Dinos and Donuts, an early morning adventure via the Dino Train.
Also, did you know the name dinosaur translates as "terrible or wondrous lizards"? Learn fun facts like that and more when you test your dino knowledge in a trivia quiz on the zoo website.
Once you've visited the dinos, stick around the zoo and check out Russia's Grizzly Coast, Penguins of the African Coast, and other exciting exhibits or take in a film at the Great Clips IMAX Theatre.