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Dinosaur World

Categories: Attraction, Tourist attraction, Day trip

Features: Dog-friendly, Icon, Kid-friendly

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Food available: Yes

Parking: Lot

Admission: $16.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free.

Just outside Plant City, north of Tampa, visitors can find what might be referred to as real Florida. This park has all the kitsch you would expect from an old-time attraction, except it's only been around since 1998. But like Gator Land or Jungle Gardens, this attraction offers low-key entertainment. Sprinkled throughout the outdoor attraction's pine trees and palmettos are 150 life-sized statues of dinosaurs, both vegetarians and carnivores, each with its own explanatory sign. There are also dino bones in the Skeleton Garden, and visitors can tour the on-site dino museum that features everything from dinosaur eggs to raptor claws. Children can pretend to be a paleontologist and take part in some field work or just dig for fossils. Although the dinosaurs aren't moving around, you will hear an occasional roar.

And the cool thing about the park is that it is pet friendly so you can bring along nice dogs for the day. You can also pack a picnic lunch to eat at the park. There are drinks for sale and some gift shop finds you might expect from a place like this.

For information on the recent expansion (as of March 2012), please visit the following link:

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