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Old 12-04-2009, 02:50 AM
 
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I'm considering taking the family to the Dinosaur park in Ogden for a vacation next year.

I've read their website, but wondered what people with local knowledge think:
1. Good park for younger kids (ages 4-6)?
2. How many days' worth of entertainment? I would guess about 2 days, but could be miscalculating.
3. Any other things to do in the area?
4. Any advice on where to stay near the park?

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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A vacation JUST to see the dinosaur park? That will be a short vacation...

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Old 12-04-2009, 04:21 PM
 
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A vacation JUST to see the dinosaur park? That will be a short vacation...


Thanks, that's helpful. So, if Dinosaur park is only enough to maybe occupy one day there (or is there enough there to where it's interesting to visit it again a second day?), is there anything else nearby that is good for families with kids to see?

Yeah, I wasn't thinking a long vacation there, anyway, just a few days, maybe a weekend. I wanted to give the kids a chance to see Dinosaur park while they're still in that phase where dinosaurs are a big deal to them (it's mentioned in several kids' dinosaur books, tv shows, etc). I live in WA state, so it's not a very long flight to SLC.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Thanks, that's helpful. So, if Dinosaur park is only enough to maybe occupy one day there (or is there enough there to where it's interesting to visit it again a second day?), is there anything else nearby that is good for families with kids to see?

Yeah, I wasn't thinking a long vacation there, anyway, just a few days, maybe a weekend. I wanted to give the kids a chance to see Dinosaur park while they're still in that phase where dinosaurs are a big deal to them (it's mentioned in several kids' dinosaur books, tv shows, etc). I live in WA state, so it's not a very long flight to SLC.
You probably won't want to spend 1 whole day there, much less a second. It's interesting, but not huge and you'll see it all in a couple of hours...at least my family did.

The big things to see in and around Ogden are the Train and Browning Firearms Museum, the Hill Air Force Base museum, the Treehouse museum (a big hit for kids), Antelope Island. and Ft Buenaventura.

If your kids love dinosaurs, the largest dinosaur museum in the world is about 40 or so miles south in Lehi. There is also a good natural history museum on the U of U campus in downtown SLC and another at the BYU campus in Provo.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:07 PM
 
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You probably won't want to spend 1 whole day there, much less a second. It's interesting, but not huge and you'll see it all in a couple of hours...at least my family did.

The big things to see in and around Ogden are the Train and Browning Firearms Museum, the Hill Air Force Base museum, the Treehouse museum (a big hit for kids), Antelope Island. and Ft Buenaventura.

If your kids love dinosaurs, the largest dinosaur museum in the world is about 40 or so miles south in Lehi. There is also a good natural history museum on the U of U campus in downtown SLC and another at the BYU campus in Provo.

Thanks for the info, I'd give you another rep point if I could.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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If you feel like driving a bit, there is a dinosaur park in Vernal. Supposed to be very good, although I have never been myself.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Adventures | Utah.com

The one in Ogden is barely a day trip. It is something to see, but not THAT much.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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If you feel like driving a bit, there is a dinosaur park in Vernal. Supposed to be very good, although I have never been myself.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Adventures | Utah.com

The one in Ogden is barely a day trip. It is something to see, but not THAT much.
Unfortunately the dinosaur quarry, visitor's center and museum is shut down, and that's the coolest thing to see at dinosaur national monument.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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Unfortunately the dinosaur quarry, visitor's center and museum is shut down, and that's the coolest thing to see at dinosaur national monument.
There is litlle to see in the national monument outside of the building that has been condemned. It is NOT worth the three hour drive until that has been reopened.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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Oh sadness All the good things end up closing.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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Oh sadness All the good things end up closing.
They are planning to rebuild the visitor's center. They closed the visitor center because the foundation was shifting. Several engineering firms believed that the building posed a serious danger to staf and visitors.

This website will give you some idea of the severity of the issue, They are rather scary.


Dinosaur National Monument - Why is the Quarry Visitor Center Closed? (U.S. National Park Service)
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