Walk amongst the dinosaurs in two stunning, detailed and educational exhibitions recently opened in Phoenix; each promising a feast for the senses, minus any Jurassic Park hijinks.


Dinosaurs in the Desert  

Phoenix Zoo,

455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008 

The zoo unveiled this temporary exhibit the first week of October, and is proud to be hosting it through the end of April 2018. Follow the zoo’s Desert Lives Trail on this self-guided tour, and have your camera ready for dino sightings galore, as more than 20 Mesozoic Era creatures crouch, pounce and roar throughout the landscape. According to Linda Hardwick, director of communications, it isn’t only the size or fierceness of the animals the zoo aims to capture, but also the beauty of the creatures and of our desert home.   

“When choosing the perfect setting for the dinosaurs, we wanted to honor and showcase the rich, diverse and unique colors of the desert,” Hardwick says. “This color scheme became a large part of the theme for the exhibit. You will find that many of the dinosaurs are not only painted like the beautiful landscape they are found on, but they are also painted like specific endangered animals, as well as some animals that can be found here in the Arizona desert.”

Informational signs accompany each dinosaur, and toward the end of the walk you can try your hand as a junior paleontologist at the interactive fossil dig.   

For more: phoenixzoo.org 


Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs 

OdySea in the Desert,

9500 E. Via de Ventura,

Scottsdale, 85256 

Billed as an attraction, not just an exhibit, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs offers an amazing, hands-on, up and close experience with the greatest creatures to ever walk the earth. With more than 50 full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, numerous educational exhibits, interactive activities, rides, art stations, and artistic lighting and décor, both children and adults will marvel at all this new attraction has to offer. 

Pangaea is entirely indoors, which allowed designers to spend a great deal of time and effort creating a truly authentic, vibrant, prehistoric environment; one which manages to transport visitors back in time with its realistic habitats and lifelike dinosaurs. Education and imagination meld together at this exciting and innovative new attraction.  

General admission tickets include activities like fossil digging, an 84-foot obstacle course and galleries. Additional add-on activities include sluicing, balloon art, a walking dinosaur ride and an etching art station. Guests can also cap off their visit with a stop at the Pangaea Dinosaur Grill, located just above the venue.   

For more: pangaealandofthedinosaurs.com.