Jurassic Forest is a great place to visit if you are in or near Edmonton, AB and want a fun, outdoor adventure. Legit, you walk through paths where you’ll find prehistoric creatures that move and roar when you trip the sensors. Besides being a great photo op and walk with your family or friends, it is very informative.
Not just about dinosaurs but they touch upon the type of insects and plant life you’ll find in Alberta. This is what you’ll get if you want to just do the absolute minimum, but there’s plenty more than just the hike with its live dinosaur action. Which is pretty awesome in and of itself.
However you can play games because they have a playground, a spot to dig in sand for remains, and they also have a mini golf play area near the playground and entrance. You can also take a guided tour, check out the gift shop and concession, and they have a learning centre filled with more dino info. They even have a couple of dinosaurs adults can get on for a photo op. The dinos move though, so they are more for the kids! Haha.
One of my favourite parts is the gift shop that you go through to exit. Even as a 31 year old adult, I always buy something. The difference between the kid Tanisha and the adult Tanisha is that the adult Tanisha has money to buy the toys she wants! So I have gotten an excavation kit, and I successfully excavated my own Triceratops head. It came with a cute mount to put it on and it displays proudly my love for dino’s. I also have a couple of beautiful dinosaur hooks and various plastic dinosaur toys. My collection grows with every visit and there is just so much cool stuff I get a bit too excited sometimes.
They have the obvious stuffies, backpacks, shirts, and books. They have tons of toys for kids of all ages as well. I believe they even have knick knacks for adults, and even jewelry. I think their selection in some options does change a bit. Since I’ve gone there a few times and been surprised by the inventory.
It is a mainly outdoor adventure and so they are closed from October to April. It is probably because of the fact that nobody would show up anyway to go adventuring outside in the cold that time of year in Alberta. Their indoor facility is not huge, it is nothing like the Drumheller Museum. You definitely want to check the weather for that day to be prepared. Also definitely BRING BUG SPRAY. Like you don’t want to be out there without bug spray. Your body will thank you. The last time I went it was amazing how many mosquitoes their were and I didn’t bring spray. It was ridiculous, and I felt eaten alive afterwards. It ruins the experience when you can’t just relax and walk through.
These are the things their website recommends you bring:
A Camera, Insect Repellant, Sunblock, Water bottle, Hat, Sunglasses, Walking Shoes, and a Picnic lunch and snacks – they have a concession, but they also allow you to bring your own food which is nice.
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