Love Those Dinosaurs

The release of Michael Crichton's The Lost World has created a new wave of dino-mania -- much like Jurassic Park did several years ago. We've received lots of e-mail and feedback mail asking for suggestions about the best places to see dinosaurs and learn more about them.

If you and your kids have gotten caught the dino-bug, check out the following destinations for super exhibits, attractions, and hands-on excitement. If you'd like more information or other ideas for places to go to see interesting dinosaur and fossil material, pick up a copy of Kelly Milner Halls' excellent book, Dino-Trekking (1996, John Wiley & Sons). This superb travel guide lists over 300 dinosaur and fossil-related sites in the United States and Canada. The book's specialized rating system will help you decide which places best meet your interests.

Dinosaur fans can also join The Dinosaur Society, providing a great way for children and families to learn more about these fascinating creatures. For more information, you may write to The Dinosaur Society at: 200 Carleton Avenue, East Islip, NY 11730, or call them at (516) 277-7855. A special Dinosaur Club is available for kids, and provides a newsletter, certificate, and sticker for junior members.

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AZ:Museum of Northern Arizona
AZ:Petrified Forest
CA:George C. Page Museum
CA:Museum of Natural History
CO:Denver Museum of Natural History
CO:Devil's Canyon Science and Learning CT:Peabody Museum of Natural History
DC:National Museum of Natural History
FL:Universal Studios Florida
GA:Fernbank Museum of Natural History
HI:Paradise Park
IL:Field Museum of Natural History
KY:Big Bone Lick State Park
MN:The Science Museum of Minnesota
MO:Mastodon State Park
MT:Museum of the Rockies
NE:Agate Fossil Beds
NY:American Museum of Natural History
PA:Academy of Natural Science Museum
SD:Badlands National Park
TX:Dinosaur Valley State Park
UT:Dinosaur National Monument
WA:Pacific Science Center
WY:Wyoming Dinosaur Center