The fourth incarnation of Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park – Jurassic World –trampled its contenders in the box office in its opening weekend, but Texas has its share of dinosaur experiences year-round. A less scary sort.
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Dinosaurs Live! the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney.
Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose
Dinosaur World in Glen Rose
Dinosaur Park Outdoor Museum in Cedar Creek, Bastrop County
Fort Worth Museum of Science and HIstory: DinoLabs and DinoDig exhibits.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Texas Memorial Museum at The University of Texas at Austin: Hall of Geology and Paleontology .
Morian Hall of Paleontology: Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Whether you see the film or not, follow the paths taken by dinosaurs, mammoths, saber tooth tigers and other creatures that once roamed Texas.
In Glen Rose, see the dinosaur tracks along the Paluxy River that were discovered in the early 1900s by a teen. The area is now Dinosaur Valley State Park.
You can also spot 110-million-year-old Acrocanthosaurus and Sauroposeidon (say that 10 times fast!) tracks in Bexar County’s Government Canyon State Natural Area. Although it is near San Antonio, the area was once the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, and these are the possibly the only known dinosaur footprints on public land.
See the fascinating prehistoric remains at the Waco Mammoth Site that were discovered bt two men who came across bones belonging to a Columbian mammoth that roamed the area 65,000 years ago.
At Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour, learn about Dimetrodon that roamed the Permian basin before T-Rex was around or Seymouria, Edaphasaur and Eryops. The museum is near one of the greatest Permian bone beds in the entire world.