FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a real-life Jurassic Park, Field Station: Dinosaurs in Leonia, New Jersey might be the closest you’ll ever get. One journey to the station’s location in Bergen County’s Overpeck Park is like hopping into your own time machine and setting the dial back about 90 million years. With dozens of lifesized, animatronic dinosaurs spread throughout the park, Field Station: Dinosaurs accurately portrays the awesome size and power of some of the most fascinating creatures to ever roam the Earth.
The park’s attractions and exhibits received input from scientists from the New Jersey State Museum to guarantee that visitors won’t just see a Hollywood-like embellishment of the prehistoric creatures. The most modern paleontological, geological and environmental theories and discoveries were used in the park’s development to accurately reflect how the dinosaurs lived, making a trip through it a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike.
A ticket to the park includes a trip along the trail to see many different dinosaurs that move and make noises as visitors approach, and access to various workshops, games and activities centered on the dinosaurs and the ancient era they were from—including
digging for fossils.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is now in its fourth year of operation, and first year in its new home of Overpeck Park. The exhibition originally opened in Secaucus in 2012 but had to relocate during the winter due to construction in the nearby area. The location of the park in 2016 is temporary while a permanent setup is being built in a nearby area of the park. However, the mission of Field Station: Dinosaurs remains the same: to educate its guests about the awesome power of the ancient, majestic creatures and the natural surroundings they lived in. As their tagline says, they’re “9 Minutes from Manhattan, 90 million years back in time.”
Dinosaur Dance Party
Get ready to party like it’s 99 million BC! Join in with Field Destination: Dinosaur’s entertainers and swing along “The Dimetrodon’s Dance,” a Permian-era dance sure to make you appreciate the nimbleness of the mammoth creatures.
Field Station Challenge & T-Rex Games
Test your prehistoric knowledge by joining in a variety of games and challenges, and see if you have what it takes to solve the dinosaurcentric puzzles or games that are on tap for the day.
Feeding Frenzy presented by Goya
Ever wonder what the food chain looked like during the Jurassic age? Witness this live, interactive show that focuses on the science of the ecosystem and the way dinosaurs ate, back when they roamed the Earth.
Found in New Jersey
If you want to imagine what the Garden State looked like 400 million years ago, you can at this exhibit. Here, you can touch actual dinosaur fossils and crown the prettiest dinosaur around in the dinosaur beauty pageant.
Talking with Dinosaurs
What did dinosaurs sound like? At Field Station: Dinosaurs, they’ve formed their own Glee Club, and you’re invited to join in on the crescendo in the musical finale.
For about 20 minutes, you’ll learn about the scientific evidence that connects modern-day birds to their ancient, behemoth ancestors. Some of the groundbreaking discoveries that have led scientists to draw this conclusion will be discussed and presented.
Do you know what it’s like to be a paleontologist? Here, kids will learn all about the profession, including what tools they use to unearth fossils, and methods of recovery. Through interactive games and presentations, visitors will be well on the road to becoming an amateur dinosaur hunter.
Fossil Dig Site
Welcome to the Garden State’s most popular dinosaur digging expedition. This attraction is recommended for children ages three to nine, and they can find actual dinosaur skeletons and prehistoric fossils buried here.
Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D
This optional attraction, inspired by the major motion picture Walking with Dinosaurs: 3D, shows dinosaurs and their habitat like you have never seen them before. It’s like watching Animal Planet—if it was broadcast in 3D millions of years ago.
This optional attraction is the newest addition to the park and affords visitors the chance to actually dig for fossils, for keeps. Guests can take home what they discover in a souvenir pouch.
Off-Site Dinosaur Troubadour Birthday Parties
If you want to take all the excitement of visiting Field Station: Dinosaurs home with you, here’s your chance. This one-of-a-kind birthday party package includes some of the signature entertainment from the park, such as “The Dimetrodon Dance,” and educational aspects like actual fossils. Parties can include full-size casts of dinosaur skulls and more. Prices range from $250 - $350, plus extra for dinosaur plushes.
Call (973) 748-4317 for details.
Available from September through December
• The park features 32 life-sized and robotic dinosaurs made of steel and foam throughout the 20-acre area.
• The very first tyrannosaur to be discovered in the country was the Dryptosaurus, and it was excavated in New Jersey in 1866.
• Field Station: Dinosaurs is the only park of its kind in the Northeastern United States.
• The park recently moved from its location in Secaucus after a three-year stay.
• Geologists, paleontologists and other scientists make regular appearances at the park to offer their expertise on dinosaurs and educate visitors.
• The park’s Argentinosaurus is 90-feet long—so big it can be seen from the top of the Empire State Building.
Take the Garden State Parkway North to the New Jersey Turnpike North. Keep Right toward exits 15W – 18W. After 10 miles, take exit 70A-B toward Leonia onto County Route 12. Continue straight onto Fort Lee Road for about one mile. Follow signs
to free on-site parking.
Take the Goethals Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike North. Keep Right toward exits 15W – 18W. After 10 miles, take exit 70A-B toward Leonia onto County Route 12. Continue straight onto Fort Lee Road for about one mile. Follow signs to free on-site parking.
ADMISSION AND HOURS
10 am – 6pm, Tues.- Sun.
Children under 2: Free
Day Pass: $15
Explorer’s Pass: $20, includes admission to 3-D movie Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet
Commander’s Pass: $40, includes Explorer’s Pass and access to Commander’s Tent and Paleontologists’ Laboratory. Children under 2 are not permitted in the laboratory.
Access to the 3-D movie and the Paleontologists’ Laboratory can be purchased separately for $5 and $10, respectively.