"Jurassic Jersey" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? I thought the idea of Field Station Dinosaurs sounded really cool, but my little one is only 4, and not really into dinosaurs, so I thought this was one trip that could wait. But then a friend of ours gave us tickets as a birthday gift, so off we went!
Where and What is Field Station Dinosaurs?
Field Station Dinosaurs is located in Secaucus, and I must say, they do an amazing job of taking you back in time. While there, you certainly don't feel like you're in Secaucus! They even give you a little "passport"type book that you can get stamped along the way, as if you're a real paleontologist on an expedition.
There are also shows and hands-on experiences for visitors at Field Station, too. Along the paths you will come upon large tents where you can watch 3D movies, play family games, and participate in workshops. I have to admit that we did not do any of these. Each event has a posted time, and our child is only 4. We didn't feel like he was patient enough to wait around for each event, nor did we think he would want to sit through any of them. But if you have kids maybe 8 or over, I would recommend trying out the shows, especially if you want to get your money's worth.
One show we did attend was an open-air show about a T-Rex ("Dinosaur Whodunit"). The T-Rex is actually a person in an extremely life-like costume. You can see their legs but for some reason, the puppet seems awfully real! I kid you not, some children were literally TERRIFIED of this show, screaming and gasping when this mouth full of teeth came near them. We sat more towards the back so my son didn't seem too scared, but I think he was a little on edge!
There are food stands in the park, but we didn't eat here so I can't tell you how good they are. But the choices weren't bad- hamburgers and hot dogs, gourmet popcorn, etc. We arrived early and left by lunchtime, so I guess we saved some bucks that way.
|A rare, blurry appearance on camera by The Jersey Momma!|
How Much Does it Cost?
Ticket prices vary depending upon what experience you want to buy. As of the publication date of this entry, general admission for adults and children over 1 is $15. Add on the 3D movie and you're up to $20. You can get various pricing packages so be sure to check their website for details. Parking is going to cost you an additional $10 (although they call this an "environmental donation"). The prices are somewhat different for this 2015 season, a little bit lower than last year and you now have the option to buy an "anytime" ticket, so you don't have to visit on a specific date.
Is it Worth the Trip?
My son really enjoyed Field Station Dinosaurs. But remember that our tickets were a gift. If we had to buy them ourselves, I might have waited a few years until my son was a little older (he was only 4 at the time of our visit). That's a lot of money to shell out for just a few hours of dinosaur walk-through! If he were a little older, we would have seen more of the shows, maybe gotten more for our money. We were only there for a few hours, but you really could spend the whole day here if you experienced everything they have to offer.
Also keep in mind that this park is not going to be open much longer. Due to changes in land ownership, the 2015 season in Secaucus will be Field Station Dinosaur's last! Where will the dinos go?? We don't know that yet. Stay tuned to their website for more details.
As I said before, though, if you have dinosaur fans in your home, you need to bring them. It's a must-see! I can imagine how exciting this would be for kids who just absolutely love dinosaurs, since the animatronic puppets are so life-like. The park is open rain or shine, so plan your trip accordingly!
Jersey Momma Tips:
*there's a lot of walking and the venue is all outdoors, so dress accordingly
*we did not have problems with bugs in the Spring but I have read about others being bothered by mosquitoes. You might want to bring along bug spray just in case.
*you can save money by purchasing tickets online
*Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated by Field Station Dinosaurs for this review. I visited and shared my opinion with you 'cause that's what I do.
**AS OF 2015, FIELD STATION DINOSAURS IN SECAUCUS IS NO LONGER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE FIELD STATION DINOSAURS NEWSLETTER ON THEIR WEBSITE TO FIND OUT WHERE THEIR NEW LOCATION WILL BE!**