Dinosaurs exist in Oregon.

Dinosaurs exist in Oregon.

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I don't think anyone really gets over dinosaurs. They're cool when you're 5 and even cooler when you're 28. When I found out that Oregon had its own dinosaur roadside attraction (in a RAINFOREST), you bet your butt that I worked an extra 6 hours of driving into my vacation so I could visit. Prehistoric Gardens has 23 life-size dinosaur replicas that are based off of real dinosaur fossils from around the country. Each statue was handmade by Ernie Nelson; sculptor, dinosaur enthusiast and the creater of this attraction.

Here's the thing, dinosaurs are awesome. Evolution is ridiculously cool. Prehistoric Gardens combines the two in a way that is both educational and makes you want to take a ton of pictures. The attraction was built in a temperate zone rain forest, which surrounds each of the statues with plants that have existed as long as the original prehistoric creatures. The trail is wheelchair/stroller friendly and you can even bring your dogs provided they are leashed.

Gift Shop: No great souvenir sweaters here, but the postcards look like they haven't been updated since the early 60s (in a cute way).

Admission: $8-$12. Kids 2 and under are free. 

Hours of Operation: 10AM-5PM Spring-Fall, 9AM-6PM Summer

Directions

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