The first stop on our road trip to Maryland was Dinosaur State Park, which is south of Hartford, Connecticut. In 1966, builders who were excavating for a building discovered thousands of dinosaur tracks. Instead of building the building, they smartly enclosed the tracks under a geodesic dome, and the State Park is underneath.
Dinosaur State Park was the perfect stop for about twelve reasons. It’s about three minutes off of the highway, and it’s pretty small, so it’s not like you’re going to get lost there all day, exploring. There’s a 15-minute claymation movie, and then the dino displays are small and low-key. It’s really all about seeing all those dinosaur tracks right there in front of you, walking across the floor. Very cool. Eli got majorly freaked out by all the dinosaur roaring in the background, but Dino State Park scores big points for having a quiet, sunny little craft room off of the main exhibit hall. Eli, Zuzu and I escaped into there while Dave and Henry explored the tracks some more. The craft room had all kinds of random things: hissing cockroaches, lizards, puzzles, toys, fossils, and make-your-own-bookmark crafts (and more!). One hour, two $3 pteradactyls, and we were back on our way.