DEEP: Dinosaur State Park
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
DEEP: Dinosaur State Park


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Park Location and Contact Information
Dinosaur
State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(Directions)
(860) 529-8423

 
 

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ACCESSIBILITY
This park offers:
{Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility} Bathrooms
{Symbol for Handicapped Accessibility} Exhibit Center
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HOURS:
The Exhibit Center  and park office are open year round except Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day from 9 am  to 4:30 pm.  The park grounds are open at 9:00 am and close at 4:30 pm daily. The nature trails are closed at 4:00 pm.

PETS:
Pets on a leash are permitted on the park grounds, but are not allowed on nature trails or in the Exhibit Center.

STATE PARKS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Email:
Telephone:
(860) 424-3200
(866) 287-2757
(Toll Free in CT)
Fax:
(860) 424-4070

  {Dinosaur State Park Dome} Dinosaur State Park
Rocky Hill
If you like dinosaurs, you'll love our 200 million-year-old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits and the chance to cast your own dinosaur footprint to take home.
Activities Facilities Directions Map Overview
Activities
 
{Arboretum} Arboretum {Picnicking} Picnicking
{Exhibit Center} Exhibit Center
{Public Programs}
{Hiking} Nature Trail Hiking {Track Casting}  Track Casting (available May 1 - October 31)
 
Geocaching - EarthCache at Dinosaur State Park. An EarthCache is a place where you will find an interesting geologic feature or process that will enrich your outdoor experience.

EarthCaching at other locations in CT
 
Mining for Gems and Fossils (available May 1 - October 31)
 
School Group Programs (Offered September -June)
 
Webelos Workshop - Complete your Geologist Activity Badge at Dinosaur State Park!! 2014 Date:  November 1.
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Facilities
Bathrooms, Exhibit Center, Bookshop, Picnic Tables, Picnic Pavillion
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Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
Directions
Exit 23 off I-91 in Rocky Hill.  Follow parks signs east on West Street for approximately 1 mile.  The park is directly off West Street.  Watch for signs and a large geodesic dome.
Fees
 
There is a daily admission fee at Dinosaur State Park.  Adults ages 13 and up are $6 youth ages 6 - 12 are $2 and children under 6 are free.  Connecticut seniors over 65 years of age are eligible for a Charter Oak Pass (proof of residency is required).  More Information
 
The park accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover Card for admission costs over $10. Admission costs less than $10 must be paid with cash or a check. Debit cards or American Express cards are not accepted.
Heritage Passport
The Heritage Passport allows the bearer to gain admittance to three facilities (Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks) for unlimited visitation until the end of the calendar year in which it was purchased.  The Heritage Passport cost is $67.00 and will allow a family (2 adults and up to 4 children) unlimited admittance to the three facilities.The Heritage Passport can be purchased at any one of the three facilities.
Map
Park Map   
Arboretum Map

Overview
The Connecticut Valley has a long history of fossil track discoveries. Outstanding specimens uncovered in 19th century brownstone quarries found their way into museums throughout the world. A new chapter in the history of such discoveries was written in 1966 when hundreds of tracks were exposed in Rocky Hill. This remarkable site became Dinosaur State Park.
 
This video documents the uncovering of a portion of the dinosaur trackway at the park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. This large trackway has been buried since it first was discovered in 1966. Archival footage from the original discovery is showcased along with present day interviews at the visitors center.
 
Video Tour of Dinosaur State Park (link to ‘The Outdoor Enthusiast’ - CT Public Broadcastings’ Media Lab online project)
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Other Nearby State Recreation Areas Include:
Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middlefield 
Location: 2 miles southwest of Middletown on Route 157
Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, Stream Fishing, Swimming
Charge: Daily in season

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