It’s all about the dinosaurs at Dinosaur World in Plant City. When visitors turn onto Harvey Tew Road, they are greeted by a large Tyrannosaurus Rex, leaving no room for wondering what the place is about. More than 150 life-size models reside in the twelve- acre outdoor setting.
Visitors may wander the winding boardwalks and sidewalks, viewing these models, some of which are 80 feet in length. Made of fiberglass, concrete, and steel, they are arranged in groups in wooded areas, swamps, and streams. Each replica has an identifying marker which explains a little bit about the species and where it was found.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with tropical plants and trees native to Florida. Saw palmettos, ferns, and Spanish moss help to give the park a Jurassic Park-like atmosphere. Identifying markers for trees are interjected throughout.
An educational film may be viewed in the Movie Cave, or guests can stroll through Skeleton Garden. Kids can play in a dinosaur-themed playground. A life-size dinosaur skeleton may be excavated in the Boneyard, or authentic fossils may be uncovered in the Fossil Dig and taken home. On site there is a small museum exhibiting fossil remnants. Five animatronic dinos are the newest addition to the park.
Sheltered picnic areas are located all through the park. No concessions are sold, but guests may bring a picnic lunch. Bottled water is sold in the gift shop.
With the exception of the playground, Dinosaur World is completely wheelchair accessible. Sidewalks and boardwalks are level and wide. Restrooms are large, and equipped with grab bars and an accessible sink. In the gift shop, aisles are wide and clutter-free.
Friendly, leashed dogs are permitted in the park.
Dinosaur World is a huge hit for a family day outdoors.