ST. PETERSBURG — Starting New Year’s Day, Tropicana Field will be a Jurassic park of sorts, with the parking lot stocked with more than 70 moving and lifelike dinosaurs, as well as a 50 foot Megalodon.
For two weekends, the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru set up in the ballpark’s parking lot will let visitors go on a quest with an online audio tour that will lead them throughout the dinosaur safari. The audio tour is available in English and Spanish and for the hearing impaired.
For $49 for up to eight people per vehicle, you get an hour-long ride back in time. The drive-thru experience has been seen by more than 300,000 cars and 1.5 million people in the national tour that has been going on since July.
“Jurassic Quest worked in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail,” the company said in a news release. “Guests will have the chance to drive through realistic scenes, without leaving their own vehicles, depicting how we understand dinosaurs looked and moved.”
There will be opportunities to visit with baby dinosaurs and the team of “dino trainers” for a safari-style photo of your vehicle and family complete with a dinosaur backdrop. One photo per family included in ticket purchase.
Guests are to remain in vehicles and wear masks in the event they exit the vehicle in allowed areas. Social distancing is requested of all guests and maintained by Jurassic Quest crew. The company said it will be sanitizing equipment, dinosaurs and workstations frequently and thoroughly throughout the entirety of the event and employees will be wearing masks.
All guests must ride inside their vehicles, but no riders in truck beds or trailers are allowed. Oversized vehicles and vehicles with nine or more riders are allowed, but will need to contact email@example.com for pricing and scheduling. A list of frequently asked questions can be found online, jurassicquest.com/drive-thru-faqs.
If you go
Jurassic Quest: A drive-thru exhibit of more than 70 lifelike dinosaurs is coming to Tropicana Field’s parking lot Jan. 1-10 at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.
Admission: Tickets are $49 per vehicle for up to eight people and can be bought in advance online at jurassicquest.com. In the event of a show cancellation or postponement, tickets will be automatically refunded. Oversized vehicles and vehicles with 9 or more riders will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and scheduling.
Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday and Thursday, 1-8 p.m.; Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.