Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that's thrilling, educational and fun.
Set against the breathtaking natural backdrop of the New Jersey Meadowlands and nestled at the base of a 150 million year old rock formation, the Field Station is an oasis of natural wonder just nine minutes from New York City. Over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists.
The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies.
Workshops, games and activities connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today, giving new relevance to their lives and power to the tale of their extinction.
And at the center of it all is the fun, the joy and the wonder of dinosaurs. Our expedition takes every family on a shared adventure - full of mystery, surprise and a sense of awe.
Walk along our 3/4 mile trail, check out our 32 life-sized dinosaurs and participate in fun activities, which are all included in the Day Pass admission price, with the exception of Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D, which is an additional $5 when purchased at the door. The movie is included in the Explorer's Pass and Commander's Pass. Season Pass holders can see the movie each time they visit the park.
Science has never been this fun, this scary, or this BIG!
DINO WHODUNIT --
Amphitheater, 20 minutes
Every kid's a forensic scientist as our resident paleontologists try to solve history's greatest mystery - what killed the dinosaurs? The mighty T-Rex is our star witness and everyone gets into the act - unearthing clues and cross-examining witnesses - in this funny introduction to the theories of dinosaur extinction.
FEEDING FRENZY PRESENTED BY
Amphitheater, 20 minutes
Myth, mystery and science merge in this live interactive show featuring music, puppetry and a surprising look at the roots of paleontology. This colorful, fun and fact-filled tour of the ancient world brings to life the amazing connection between dinosaur bones, unicorns, monsters and the fire-breathing dragons of folklore.
WORKSHOPS and GAMES
AVIAN DINOSAURS -- The Lookout, 20 minutes
You're the star in this funny and informative show about the amazing link between the dinosaurs of yesteryear and the birds of today. Travel back in time and visit some of history's most famous scientists at their greatest moments of discovery. It's theater. It's science. It's guaranteed fun.
FOUND IN NEW JERSEY -- The Plateau, 20 minutes
Visit a strange, mysterious place with roaring active volcanoes, towering snowcapped mountains and an ancient dinosaur watering hole. Believe it or not, that place is called New Jersey. Travel 400-million years back in time, see and touch actual dinosaur fossils and help us judge the world's first dinosaur beauty pageant.
MESOZOIC CONCENTRATION -- The Lookout, 20 minutes
A fast-paced game of mixing and matching where everybody plays and everybody learns. What's it take to be a paleontologist? Kids uncover the secrets of the world's most successful dinosaur hunters and learn that most of the tools necessary can be found in our own garages, playrooms ad local libraries.
RAPTOR FEUD -- The Plateau, 20 minutes
Top 8 answers on the board. Name a game that's fast-paced, educational and fun. Show me "Raptor Feud"! Played like the famous game show, the Feud gives all our paleontologists a chance to show off their knowledge of dinosaurs and paleontology. Everyone's on a team and everyone gets to play.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D
Travel on an expedition of discovery in 3D. Find fossils and uncover scientifically accurate computer generated dinosaurs as they come to life on the giant screen.
FOSSIL DIG SITE
FOSSIL DIG SITE -- The Dig Site, 45 minutes
Buried treasures abound at New Jersey's most popular dig site. Giant dinosaur skeletons and real prehistoric fossils lurk beneath the surface just waiting to be unearthed. Join our team of paleontologists and see what it's like to work on a real scientific expedition. Recommended for scientists ages three through nine.
Informative group discussions along the trail.
Every rock tells a story. Take a journey from the Earth's molten core to the far reaches of our solar system. See actual rocks from the Moon, Mars and beyond.
From the flint and fire of the caveman to the nuclear reactors of today, the surprising roots of modern technology come to life in this hands-on demonstration for all ages.
Join our world-trotting dinosaur wrangler for a fast-paced game and exciting meet and greet with the greatest and most eccentric paleontologists of all time.
DINOSAUR DANCE PARTY
Join the Dinosaur Troubadour for a hilarious toe-tapping, feet stompin' musical happening. Shimmy beneath the limbo stick, shake to the watusi and swing to "The Dimetrodon's Dance", a 200-million year old dance craze that has everyone waving, weaving and laughing out loud. An up-on-your-feet, down-with-the-beat laugh riot!
The Dinosaur Troubadour is your host for this musical introduction to the eating habits and table manners of dinosaurs. Inspect the casts of actual dinosaur teeth (including the mighty T-Rex!).
GHOSTS OF SNAKE HILL
Snake Hill is one of the New York area's most notorious landmarks. This dark, volcanic rock raising high above the Meadowlands has been the inspiration for great literature, eerie ghost stories and even one of the world's most famous corporate logos. Learn about our home's long and varied history.
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR DINOSAUR?
Meet our resident paleo-Picasso, a paint splattering expert on dinosaur coloration and help create an original dinosaur mural. There's no telling where our imaginations (and paint brushes!) will take us.
T-REX GAMES -- The Fire Pit, 45 minutes
Teams face-off for pride and prizes in the Field Station's original family Olympics-style competition. Every event is a dinosaur-themed test of skill, knowledge, or sometimes, plain dumb luck. No one is too young or too old to contribute. Come help your team earn points and take home the gold! If you find yourself on the winning team, your team photo will be taken for our Facebook page.
All attractions may not be available on all days.
Puppets designed, created and provided by Erth. All rights reserved.