10 Best Places to See Dinosaurs

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    Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA

    Located on the grounds of Drexel University in Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences is another of the world's best natural history collection. Most of the dinosaur action takes place in the Dinosaur Hall, but the museum also features a hands-on nature center and several shows featuring live animals.

    Photo courtesy of Will Klein

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    Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado/Utah

    The mountains and canyons of the desert southwest were once the stomping grounds of the dinosaurs, and their remains can still be seen today embedded in the rocks of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah. When you're not discovering fossils or pondering mysterious petroglyphs, enjoy some family camping or river rafting.

    Photo courtesy of David Jones

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    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL

    Fossils are great and all, but if you'd rather get up close with a more lively bunch of dinosaurs, you can do just that at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando. The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride takes you through the world of Jurassic Park, including a close encounter with a T-Rex and an 85-foot plunge.

    Photo courtesy of Marco Becerra

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    Field Museum in Chicago, IL

    The Field Museum in Chicago, considered one of the best natural history museums in the world, served as the home base for the fictional archeologist Indiana Jones. You'll find nine acres of exhibit space, and while you may not have time to see everything, don't miss the Stanley Field Hall where you'll find Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found.

    Photo courtesy of Connie Ma

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    Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada

    North of the border in Alberta, you'll find the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the only museum in the country dedicated solely to paleontology. It takes some effort to get to, as it's in the middle of Dinosaur Provincial Park in the Alberta badlands, three hours from Edmonton, but it's worth the effort, especially for dinosaur-loving kids.

    Photo courtesy of Sebastian Bergmann

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    Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, GA

    If you're in the southeast United States, you'll find the largest natural sciences museum in the region in the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. The museum is the only place on earth where you can see a full Argentinosaurus skeleton, the largest dinosaur ever discovered.

    Photo courtesy of James Emery

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    American Museum of Natural History in New York City, NY

    Besides having one of the country's best planetariums, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is also the largest natural history museum in the world with 45 exhibition halls and more than 30 million artifacts. If you want to see dinosaur fossils, head up to the fourth floor.

    Photo courtesy of Mr. T in DC

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    Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

    You can't mention great dinosaur museums without mentioning the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The main hall may be dominated by a giant elephant, but you won't find the museum lacking in dinosaur exhibits. This is the most popular museum in DC for families, so get there early to avoid crowds.

    Photo courtesy of Don DeBold

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    New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, NM

    One of Albuquerque's best family attractions, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, walks guests through 12 billion years of natural history. The full-sized skeletons are a big hit, as is the Evolator, a time travel simulation that takes you back in time to walk with the dinosaurs.

    Photo courtesy of Lee Ruk

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    Royal Ontario Museum in Ontario, Canada

    The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada's largest museum of natural history and world cultures, houses some six million objects, including an extensive collection of fossils, including the largest mounted dinosaur in Canada. Plan to spend a full day at this family-friendly attraction in Toronto.

    Photo courtesy of Laura D'Alessandro

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