Dinosaurs are always a popular subject to discuss, whether it be children or adults! If you’re looking for some places where you can visit and learn about dinosaurs, Austin is an excellent place to explore.
Here’s a list of the best places for both kids and adults alike that give insight into how these amazing creatures lived, thrived, and died millions of years ago – plus interactive exhibits and hands-on activities galore!
Where: 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sunday Noon – 5 PM</b
When visiting the Austin Nature and Science Center in the search for dinosaur material, go straight to the outdoor paleontology exhibit called Dino Pit.
As well as having a hands-on educational experience, kids will also get to enjoy other exhibits such as dinosaur trackways, see fossils, and more!
Where: 893 Union Chapel Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, USA
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM | Note: Last trail entry is at 3:30 PM</b
The life-size dinosaurs at this outdoor museum show skin and color variations to understand what they looked like when they existed.
Walk along a nature trail and discover dinosaurs among plants, trees, and rocks. Families can also enjoy fossil-dig, a playground, and a dinosaur store!
Besides being fun, this park is an educational place where everyone can learn about the animals that ruled the Earth!
Where: 4831 FM2673, Canyon Lake, TX 78133, USA
Hours: Summer Hours: Daily 10 AM – 4 PM | Winter Hours: Daily 1 PM – 5 PM. Open on July 4th. | Closed for the following Holidays: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day, New Years’ Eve/Day.
At The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country, visitors will see model dinosaurs, over 200 dinosaur tracks, 28 separate trackways made approximately 110 million years ago, and more!
The footprints and trackways are part of the early Cretaceous period in the upper Glen Rose Formation.
Families will learn all about these magnificent creatures! Don’t miss the fossil display and other interesting exhibits!
Where: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Hours: Daily, 9 AM- 6 PM
Inside Zilker Botanical Garden you will find The Hartman Botanical Garden, which showcases plants ancient enough to have coexisted with dinosaurs, dino tracks, and more!
See what Austin looked like at the time dinosaurs walked the planet.
Where: 32400 Trinity St, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
When visiting the Texas Memorial Museum, go straight to the Hall of Geology and Paleontology on the first floor to find dinosaurs exhibits, fossils, plants, and the amazing Paleo Lab!
Where: 101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10 AM– 4 PM | Sunday: Noon – 4 PM
When visiting The Science Mill, kids will get to step into the Fossil Dig, grab some excavating tools and use the skills of a paleontologist to unearth stories of these amazing creatures!
Let’s see how many fossils can they find in the Fossil Dig!
Jurassic Car Wash
Where: 4809 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745
Hours: Open 24/7
At this unique Jurassic–themed car wash in Austin, you will get the car clean while kids enjoy the coin-operated mechanical animatronic dinosaurs!
The Styracosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex come alive with roars and movements for just a few coins!
Where: 3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Champion Park has lots of space for a fun day!
You will find a fitness area, a playscape and swings, and more! Dinosaur lovers will get to enjoy a covered children’s play area where they will discover dinosaur bones!