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New dinosaur park is a great day trip

A pterodactyl perches on a boulder at the

A pterodactyl perches on a boulder at the Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park that opened May 26, 2012, in Secaucus, N.J. Credit: Newsday/Beth Whitehouse

My trip to the Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park that opened last weekend in Secaucus, N.J., made me wish my 15-year-old son was about eight years younger so that I could take him to see it. Surely his mouth would be hanging open the whole time, as mine was. This is a day-trip must for Long Islanders with kids ages 3 to 11.

Enormous, realistic, animatronic T. rexes, stegosaurus, triceratops and more are placed along a ¾ mile trail. They roar, turn their heads, blink their eyes, move their tails. Luckily, they stay in place and don’t chase after you!

The wow factor for me was solidified when I came upon the pterodactyl upon a hill with its wings spread wide. It reminded me of Petrie, my favorite character from the “Land Before Time” videos my son and I were addicted to when he was young.

The park is open weekends through June 17, then daily through Nov. 11. See this Sunday’s Newsday travel section or Newsday.com/travel for my full story about Field Station: Dinosaurs, including 10 tips to know before you go.

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