Dinosaurs extinct? Says who? See them up close and hear them roar at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores this summer. Dinosaur Adventure turns the Aquarium’s marsh boardwalk into a time machine. Step outside and travel back millions of years to meet these strange creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus, the fast and agile coelophysis and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit. Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Also look for the tyrannasaurus rex photo-op out front, a baby t. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.
Also enjoy Way-back Wednesdays throughout the summer. Programs, crafts, animal encounters, a stingray feeding and even a quiz game feature animals we see today, such as alligators and sea turtles, that are living links to counterparts of the prehistoric past. The new Ancient Seas exhibit expands on the same theme. The Wednesday activities and the exhibit also free with admission or membership.
Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily – throughout the summer. The dinosaurs go extinct again after Labor Day. Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.