There are many family friendly attractions around the Atlanta area, but Stone Mountain Park is one of our favorites. They frequently add new attractions, giving you reasons to return all year long. Their newest exhibit, Dinosaur Explore, is sure to be a hit with dinosaur fans young and old.
Dinosaur Explore – Stone Mountain Park
Extinct from Earth for millions of years, 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs have made their way to Stone Mountain Park. “Dinosaur Explore” is now open and will run throughout the season. Settled on the edge of the park, Dinosaur Explore has a walkable path that leads you past more than 20 life-sized dinosaurs. Their special effects allow them to move and roar, just like their ancient ancestors.
Here are just a few of the dinosaurs you will see:
- the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex
- Brachiosaurus (towering above guests over 20 feet tall and 33 feet long)
- a ferocious allosaurus
- a winged pteranodon
- and many more scientifically accurate species
At the end of the dinosaur trail, you will find a sandpit that doubles as a dino dig. Your little explorers can use shovels, rakes, and other tools to play and pretend to be paleontologists.
As a parent, my favorite part of Dinosaur Explore is that it is not only fun, but educational as well. We took mini notebooks and pencils for both kids to jot down notes and sketches while we walked around, and I was amazed at how much they learned. You can go just to see the dinosaurs, or you can go and make it a learning experience full of teachable moments. This is a great place for schools to take a class field trip!
Even the great barn has temporarily transformed and is now being called the “Dinotorium.” After showing your wrist band at the door, you can enter and explore the Dinotorium, collecting balls to deposit into the Dino Generator. Kids and adults can climb, slide, and walk through the 3 different levels. *Dinosaur Explore is only available on “Attractions Open” days; but it is included in a daily Adventure Pass and an annual Mountain Membership.
Dinosaur Explore Trip Highlights
Visit each dinosaur along the way and read the facts. There are interesting tidbits along the way, so your Dinosaur Explore trip can also count as a learning experience!
Take your time and observe how each dinosaur moves. You never know how they’ll move or what sound they’ll make. Allow your children to set the pace and observe how they take it all in.
Dig in the sand at the Dino Dig. You might find a fossil or even a bone at the bottom! We did!
Pay a visit to Bagel! Look for times when Bagel, the dinosaur in training, will be present. The trainer will walk the audience through the process of assisting Bagel in performing tricks, including singing! Please feel free to ask any questions you have about Bagel. The employees are all dressed up and enthusiastic about the exhibit. You can also pet Bagel.
Keep an eye out for Hattie, the baby dinosaur. Hattie can be seen in a small carrier being carried by her handler. She enjoys interacting with the public, but remember to use only two fingers and to pet the dinosaurs only on their nose or chin to avoid making them nervous.
Look for Reggie, the dinosaur who walks around and interacts with visitors. He’s also entertaining to pet.
Visit the Dinotorium to let the kids relax and burn off some energy. The Dinotorium is a four-level playground with super slides, trampoline floors, climbing structures, and over 65 interactive games for families and children.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
BONUS: Dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest in Atlanta
For the first time in Atlanta, Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The traveling exhibit features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size dinosaurs. Our proprietary robotic and animatronic technology allows our guests to walk among “living, breathing, even WALKING dinosaurs”. Experience the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods first hand. We have the only interactive, baby dinosaurs in North America. Our walking dinosaurs playfully interact with our guests for a truly unique experience. Guests can walk among these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. Jurassic Quest has the largest Dinosaurs in North America. There are even huge fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaur bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur themed inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more.
The Georgia World Congress Center