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George S. Eccles Dinosaur Museum

1544 East Park Blvd, Ogden, Utah | 801-393-3466
17 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments, Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: Ages 2 — adult
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: See Details

The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park features a collection of prehistoric animals.  More than 100 dinosaur realistic full-size sculptures fill the park.   Park also includes the Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart museum, home to some of the latest dinosaur finds and a working dinosaur laboratory.  

OFF SEASON HOURS: Monday - Saturday Gate: 10am to 5pm  
Grounds: 10am to 6pm, Sunday (Closed Sundays November - March) Gate: 12pm - 5pm, Grounds: 12pm - 6pm  
SEASON HOURS: (Memorial Day to Labor Day) Monday – Saturday Gate: 10am – 7pm, Grounds: 10am – 8pm


17 Reviews for George S. Eccles Dinosaur Museum

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HilaryB
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June 07 2012
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"Good for young children"

This was a fun park for little kids. There is an outdoor garden with lots of dinosaur statues and a large playground for all ages. There is a museum with a few interesting dinosaur bones and rocks. I think it is overpriced for the little you get, but my two-year-old loved it.

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mommanatee
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February 29 2012
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"For the Dinosaur Lover"

We took our daughter to the Dinosaur Park when she was almost 2.  She didn't love the dinosaurs and was actually scared when they make noise and move.  I think she would like the experience more if she were older and/or more interested in dinosaurs.  She did enjoy the play area with swings and slides.  She remembers the dinosaur park in a positive way because she will often ask to go back and see them.  We will definitely take her again.  I loved the park.  I especially enjoyed walking through the brushy wooded areas and coming upon a dinosaur.  So cool and realistic!  Highly recommend for the dinosaur lover.  

February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Great outdoor exploration"

The Dinosaur Museum is a really fun place to take the kids on nice days.  There are lots of dinosaurs to look at, some with noises, great playground to entertain for long periods of time, dino dig area with great seating for parents to watch the kids, picnic areas and a cafe.  The kids love to run around and check out all the dinosaurs before we settle at the playground.  The inside portion of the museum has a lot of nice dino exhibits, a window to watch as they work on dino bones, and upstairs they have an animated scene of dinosaurs.  The rest of the upstairs has gems and rocks that tend to bore my younger kids but are very interesting to look at.

leahwest
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February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun for the family"

We have only been here once but it was great.  There is a small indoor museum with real fossils.  We had more fun in the outdoor park.  There are replicas of the dinosaurs all over in a natural setting.  We were able to bring in our cooler and have a picnic lunch too.

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ape130
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February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Dinosaur Park"

I am not all that into Dinosaurs but I really enjoyed this place with my 3 year old! During the summer Ogden has a different activity that is free every saturday, which is when our family went. They have an indoor portion which has dinosaur bones and displays, some interactive, and a few dinosaurs are even animated and make sounds! The outdoor portion has near life sized dinos throughout the park, some with "special trails" including dino sounds, as well as a park inside with swings and slides. There is also great photo opportunities where your kids can put their faces in a hole and look like a dino!

February 14 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Small, but a fun place to wear the kids out!"

Not a big place at all, but the kids love to run around and see all the dinosaurs and play on the playground! It's open year round, so bundle up during cold months as it's all outside. During the summer, they offer free Saturday Admission through Weber County RAMP program. http://www.co.weber.ut.us/ramp/index.htm

January 08 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Small, but fun"

We received free passes from Trekaroo to go to this park and write a review. We went over the holidays and my little guy loved it! He unfortunately had just woken up from a nap and so was a tad on the grumpy side, but once we walked inside and saw the giant moving dinosaur replicas he was entranced. He walked through the museum with us and even let us read him most of the plaques and he loved being able to touch all of the skeletons and replicas. I was a little disappointed that the "digging" area cost extra, I think it was like $4 per kid for 15 minutes?? Not worth it to play in a sandbox, but he would have liked it had it been included.

Although the day was a little cold, we spent a lot of time walking around to all of the "life-sized" models outside. I don't know if they are actually life-sized, some seemed a little small, but there is a giant bronchiosaurus that you can walk under, so that was cool. He mostly just chilled on his dad's shoulders while we walked to all of the different dinosaurs, there is a really nice little path with markers telling you about all the dinosaurs. It only took about 15-20 minutes to walk the entire park though, it is a little small.

If you have a kid who loves dinosaurs (my 2.5-yr-old is just starting to get into them) this is a perfect little outing. I read some of the other reviews about kids only wanting to play at the park area, and can see how that could happen. But if you take a picnic and plan to be there for a while, it could totally be worth the admission once you walk around and stop in the indoor museum. The park was a little old, but our son liked it. There was one section where it's completely enclosed and goes up really, really high, so his dad had to climb in there with him because he couldn't figure out where the slide was to get out. But I think older kids would love that part!

There are picnic tables and more secluded areas that you can hang out as well and eat lunch.

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March 31 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Best part is the playground"

What you will find in this park is life size (well sort of) replicas of various dinosaurs. There is a path that you can follow or you can just make a tour of your own. The whole place is outdoors and it's open year around. We loved the playground, there are several swing sets and there was plenty of room for a lot of patrons.

Best tip: If you have the Tracy Aviary membership and you can enter this park for free Monday through Friday!

ashlic
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January 12 2011
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"Perfect for Kids who Love Dinos!"

We went to the Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park last summer with our 6 nieces/nephews (ages 3 months - 7 years at the time) and we all had a blast!  It's best to go during the Summer or when the weather is good, because most of the activities are outside.  You should probably plan on spending about 3 or 4 hours at the park.

You start out inside a dinosaur museum.  This was great for the adults, but sometimes the younger kids got bored.  There are a few different activities for the younger kids to do and there are informational displays with fossils, bones, etc. for the older kids/adults to look at and read.  You can even watch through a window as real dinosaur bones are being cleaned up and assembled for display.

When you get outside, there are trails around the park lined with dozens of replicas of dinosaurs and other Prehistoric creatures.  The kids will be able to find their favorite dino and it's nice to get a little exercise in.  :)  

There is a Dino Dig, where kids can dig through the sand to find plastic dinosaur bones.  That was one of their favorite parts of the park!

The highlight of the day was definitely the dinosaur-themed playground with huge slides, places to climb, etc.  There are benches for the parents to sit on while they watch the kids, too!  :)

J&J's mom
J&J's mom
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January 12 2011
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"Dino Park"

The museum is actually fun for the kids, but doesn't take a lot of time.  We had fun walking around the park outside seeing all the different dinosaurs.  I would recommend taking a camera, we got lots of funny pictures.  I think the favorite part for the kids was the playground.  I noticed my daughter has an upcoming field-trip and I know she will be excited to go back again.

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ckfcross
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March 07 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Great Environment"

My kids loved this park.  It was exciting to see.  The big attractions are outside.  They had a great place for digging up dinosaur bones.  The noises the dinosaurs make might be a little scary for really young children.  They had incredible moving dinosaurs inside.  It was so fun that I would definately go a few times a year if not more.    

March 28 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Family fun & educational"

Ogden's Dinosaur Park is a fun way to spend an afternoon with your kidlits while getting some education along the way. Follow the trails to see and hear many life~like creatures from our past, stop and have a treat at the snack bar or pack a sack lunch to enjoy along the way, learn some interesting facts in the indoor museum or catch a short film in the intimate setting of the indoor theater.  During the halloween season, dont miss the Haunted Dinosaur Park where there are boogies in costume walking around the park, the decor is all spooked up for the holiday, and carved jack-o-lanterns light the path.  Have the kids come in costume and partake in the costume contest.  One of the fun traditions of our family during the fall.  The dinosaur park is great for all ages and will be an enjoyable way for you to spend your next family activity!

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TianaN
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January 12 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun times for dino-loving kids"

My kids love going. Indoor museum taks about 20-30 min. Plan on spending most of your time outside with replicas of dinos. There are dinosaur sounds but didn't scare my 1 1/2 y.o. There are some fun playgrounds where we end up spending most of our time (good thing we have a season pass). Always a nice breeze from the canyon.

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"A great place for all ages"

The Ogden Dinosaur park is basically a park with massive dinosaur statues everywhere. This is a great park for all ages and make sure to bring your camera because half the fun comes from taking pictures with the dinosaurs. There is an activity center where the kids can learn about dinosaurs and play. The grounds are kind of extensive so bringing a stroller is a good idea. It is mostly outdoors so be prepared for that.

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millie
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Rarrr!"

The real life dinosaurs will make the children want to learn more about them. They have different areas that you can walk through and learn more about the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. There is a great sandy area that the children can play on dinosaurs. You can even get your picture taken as if you were the dinosaur. Walk like the dinosaurs. :)

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"More fun for the older kids."

I have a 23month old son. We have been to the Dinosaur Park a few times. It is a great facility, very clean and friendly staff. There wasn't much to hold my sons attention on any average old day, it is more geared towards older kids. However, when they have their special events for things like Easter and Halloween there is much more to do for all age groups. I would recommend for those with older children, also actually kind of fun for adults!

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Dinosaur Park for real Dino Lovers"

My daughter asks to go her all the time, but we usually end up paying a lot of money to spend a long time on the playground, which is nothing special. The inside has one animatronic dino display which is pretty cool. And they have a few dinosaur/dino bone replicas. Outside is where most of the stuff is, so this is a nice weather time place. There are dino statues along pathways that are fun to look at. There is one place you can let kids play in the sand with paint brushes as they use them to "dig" for fossils. And my kids always like to feed the ducks. But since my kids can play at the park, in the sand, and feed the ducks for free somewhere else, and since you can see a lot of the dinosaurs if you walk behind the park on the ogden river parkway, paying for the dinosaur park isn't worth it to me.

 
 

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