Driving along I-65 S through Kentucky, it’s hard to miss the giant fiberglass dinosaur sitting atop a small hill at Exit 53. He invites the adventurous driver and family to exit at Cave City, KY and visit Dinosaur World. Reminiscent of the almost bygone roadside attractions, this is a delight to find along the modern interstate.
Opened in June 2003, this location is one of three in the United States. Glen Rose, TX and Plant City, FL boast the other two, all owned by the same individual, Swedish businessman Christer Svensson. The main attraction here is the Dinosaur Walk where one will find over 150 life size dinosaurs nestled among trees and other natural vegetation.
(pictured right, Mr. Young)
Signs are posted with dinosaur descriptions and facts. Be sure to walk up the hill beyond the Mammoth Display to have your picture taken with Photosaurus. Other onsite attractions include a fossil dig, boneyard, indoor museum, movie cave, picnic area, playground and gift shop. The gift shop offers everything from a 50 cent plastic dinosaur to an authentic dinosaur egg nest for $3600. Yes, they have sold several, mainly to companies seeking to decorate their offices with that most unusual item.
Dinosaur World welcomes birthday parties and school children on field trips. They also participate in outreach programs traveling to schools in the area and conducting an interactive presentation.
Special events include Dinomite Day where residents in the surrounding seven counties pay just a $1 admission fee on a designated day of the year, usually in September. All Kentucky residents holding a valid KY driver’s license are honored in September also with a special discount. Another fun event is November Dog Month where one can bring their dog for a walk among the dinosaurs and receive $2 off the regular admission. The park also offers discounts during Home School Month in April with special rates extended for homeschoolers.
Regular admission is $12.75 for adults, $9.75 ages 3-12, and $10.75 for seniors over 60. Group rates and season passes are also available.
Hours are from 8:30 am to sunset central time. Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Address and Contact information: Dinosaur World
711 Mammoth Cave Rd.
Cave City, KY 42127
A delightful park that is friendly, slow paced and affordable. If you live nearby, it is right in your own backyard. For those of you not in the immediate area, Dinosaur World makes a perfect destination for a day trip. Be sure to bring your camera and a picnic lunch.
Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets! A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home. She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic ! When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each!