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Dinosaur World, Plant City, FL: World’s Largest Dinosaur Attraction

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World, Plant City, Florida

In the summer “Pro” column: school’s out, so we can take fun trips to BIG places. In the “Con” column: school’s out, and having two kids at home leaves little time to blog about it!

We’re just back from almost three weeks in central Florida, and we made tracks across that state, let me tell you. We’ll be sharing the details in future posts, but our trip included visits to: the world’s largest manmade penguin colony; the world’s largest LEGOLAND; the world’s largest Hard Rock Café; the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut mementos and historic spacecraft; and the world’s largest accredited sanctuary for big cats!

But our first stop was to Dinosaur World, the world’s largest dinosaur attraction. I’ve seen the giant T-Rex menacingly stalking the I-4 highway many times on the drive between Tampa and Orlando, and have always wanted to stop in.

I could not have picked a hotter day to visit. It was 173 degrees in the shade. This is what I looked — and felt — like:


The friendly Dilophosaurus, best known for appearing in the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Actually, this is just one of more than 150 life-sized dinosaurs you’ll see as you take the paved – and gloriously shaded – “Dinosaur Walk” through a forest setting. Fact-filled signs near each creature provide paleontology lessons along the way. The dinosaur models, up to eighty feet long, are made of fiberglass, steel, and concrete.


These Brachiosaurus can also be seen from the I-4 highway. Which could be startling at night if you’re not expecting them!

You’ll see some with names you’re familiar with, like Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, and Stegosaurus. But you’ll also see Chasmosaurus,   Spinosaurus, Stygimoloch, and other lesser-known species. Luckily, the signs also include the phonetic pronunciation of their names, so you can sound smart when reading them aloud to your kids.

T Rex

The Boy saves his little sister from the jaws of a T-Rex. Of course, were it a real dino, she would be totally on her own.

Obviously, the main purpose of our visit was to take goofy photos.


The heat was making us all a little cray cray.

But there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy, like the Dino Gem Excavation, and short programs, like the Triviasaurus Rex Game Show. If your kids like to get their hands dirty, head over to the Fossil Dig area and let them uncover dinosaur bone fragments and shark teeth.

Dinosaur World also incorporates a skeleton garden, an indoor (air-conditioned!!) museum, a covered picnic area, and what looked like fantastic playgrounds. I feared The Girl’s backside would be seared by the slide in that heat, so I distracted her with a trip to the popcorn cart.

The gift shop was awesome, too. Everything you can imagine in the dino theme, even animal crackers. Also, air conditioning.

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Dinosaur World
5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL; 813-717-9865


  1. Leigh said,
    August 23, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I’ve taken my students on a field trip here & my daughter will be going with her class later in the school year. It’s a great place to go for dino lovers! The fossil dig is really cool, the children feel like they’ve truly discovered fossils!! If you’re not into crowds though, call ahead to make sure there’s not a school field trip that day.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      August 23, 2013 @ 9:40 am

      Good advice! Also, go when it’s not 173 degrees. 🙂

  2. Mike said,
    August 23, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    Cool! This one is close to home. The kids will love it.

  3. August 25, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Definitely a cool and informative activity for the kids. 😉

  4. Kasey said,
    October 2, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Very cool! There are also life-sized dinosaurs at Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, California like these too! Haven’t been there in real-life but I hope to one day! I’m making a website of all the places I want to go to someday and maybe I’ll add Dinosaur World to my list!

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