HINT: It’s not Universal. It’s not Disney. It’s not LEGO Land. In fact, it’s none of Florida’s major theme parks. But it is easily accessible from I-4 and makes a nice half day excursion, and one of their humongous T-Rex’s overlooks the interstate. Welcome to DINOSAUR WORLD.
Location: 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL 33565
Admission: Adult $16.95 | Child (3-12) $14.95 | Seniors (60+) $14.95) | Children 2 & Under FREE
Hours: Open Daily, 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Children get free admission on their birthday (must have proof of birthday, such as birth certificate. Only for ages 3-12.).
- Active Duty Military receives free admission with ID. Their dependents get $1.00 off.
- Parking is free.
- Dinosaur World sometimes runs pretty good ticket deals on Groupon. Click here to check it for the latest.
- If there are no Groupons available, look for one of many brochure stands in Florida for the Dinosaur World brochure, as it often has a $2.00 off coupon inside.
Dinosaur World is home to over 150 life size dinosaur sculptures. Paths meander throughout the grounds, sidled by low vegetation, palm trees, tall pines, and dinosaurs. Towering brontosaurs are the most impressive. T-Rexes look the most teethy. Hundreds of others hunt around for prey deep in the forest. I brought my three year old and he swears he saw real dinosaurs.
I went via a Groupon, the listed prices are too steep for me otherwise (an adult pass will run you $16.95). I think that money is generally better put towards a major theme park annual pass. But if you get the chance through a promotion, coupon, or Groupon it is worth going, especially if you have little ones. At the entrance to the park you are already greeted by dinosaur sculptures, sure to get excitable children squealing with delight. They’ll want to touch them and ride them and, in short, admire those monstrous and mysterious creatures.
Once inside the main doors you’ll be confronted by the gift shop. This is also where you purchase you tickets or exchange passes or coupons you may have obtained from elsewhere. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful. When the formalities are finished you are ushered through the other doors to another world.
There is a dinosaur themed playground near the front which is kind of fun. Picnic tables populate the sidelines. Yes, real live picnic tables–the park actually encourages you to bring in outside food. Which is a refreshing change of pace as I’m used to having to employ various tactics to sneak in food past theme park turnstiles. Anyways, here at Dinosaur World it’s wise to bring a lunch as they don’t have grab-and-go food stands or restaurants. There are a few more nifty attractions out there in Dinosaur World that I had stupendous fun with, but I figured it’d be more fun if you went in the explorer spirit and discovered them for yourself and your family.
This is one of Florida’s B-side attractions, entirely kitschy, totally unnecessary; yet it has its place along I-4, and if you live in the area, sooner or later, the curiosity is going to get the best of you and you will have to go in and check it out for yourself.