Have you been to the Minnesota Zoo lately? We have a membership, but haven’t been since Mother’s Day (when Jason gave me my new wedding ring). I’ve been hearing lots of good things about their Dinosaur exhibit, so yesterday Levi and I went down to Apple Valley to check it out.
Talk about cool! I was a little leery of the extra admission charge for the exhibit, but now I see that it’s totally worth it. As soon as you approach the entrance, you know you’re in for a treat.
The dinosaur you see from the front entrance isn’t just a head sticking up – it’s a whole giant animal!
There are 15 giant animatronic dinosaurs in the exhibit. This guy was one of my favorites.
I couldn’t resist a photo opp with Levi.
He was a little nervous and wanted to be held the entire time, especially when the dinosaurs made noise. The one that scared him the most was the enormous T-rex.
Poor guy didn’t like it at all when T-rex roared.
You’d never guess that he happily waved buh-bye to the T-rex as soon as we walked by, lol.
I think the exhibit is great, and I’m hoping we have time to go back before it closes so Jason can come with us. I think Levi might warm up to it better the second time around, too.
One word of caution if you have little ones – the noise isn’t really that loud, but there is one graphic dino that might scare youngsters. I was a little unhappy that there wasn’t an alternate walkway to skip this guy.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that this depicts a natural act, since plenty of dinosaurs were carnivores, but I’d prefer that my almost 2-year old didn’t have to see it.
Luckily, Levi was too busy hugging me from hearing the T-rex roar so he didn’t really notice these guys. Considering this was the only one that showed the dinosaurs eating, I didn’t think it was that bad overall, just something to be aware of if you have kids that get scared easily. Most of the older kids I saw seemed to think it was really cool
The Dinosaurs! exhibit runs through September 3rd at the Minnesota Zoo. If you’re looking for other great Minnesota attractions, you can find plenty of things to do with your family at Explore Minnesota.