Top 5 Dinosaur Attractions in Southern California

While the biggest dinosaur movies have come and gone from the box office, true dinosaur lovers want to celebrate this prehistoric species year-round. Southern California offers a variety of dinosaur-themed attractions throughout the area, so check out the top 5 below.

Top 5 Dinosaur-Themed Attractions:

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La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
Admission Cost: Ranges from $5-$12 for admission, including discounts for students and seniors. Parking is $10.
Museum Free Days include the first Tuesday of every month except July and August. Free admission is also offered to CA EBT cardholders, CA teachers, active/retired military, and kids 2 and under-don't forget to bring your ID.

The La Brea Tar Pits are the #1 dinosaur attraction in Southern California for a simple reason: hundreds of prehistoric fossils. Learn more about how excavations dug up these bones, some of which are over 240 million years old. Offering not only an awesome view of the large pits of tar keeping the fossils intact, but Titans of the Ice Age and Ice Age Encounters Tours. The La Brea Tar Pits are sure to delight people of every age.

Visit their website here.

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Clark Interpretive Center, Buena Park
Admission Cost: FREE (Parking is $3-$5)
Ever wondered if dinosaurs roamed California thousands of years ago? The Palentology Museum at the Clark Interpretive Center, opened in 1988, gives an educational view of prehistoric Orange County. Fossils on display include a 9 million year old whale skeleton, thought to be from the Ice Age. Located in the Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, the Clark Center has picnic areas, hiking/biking trails, and kids' playground areas.

Visit their website for more information.

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Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon
Admission Cost: $6-$9
The Cabazon Dinosaurs are two surprise roadside attractions out in the California desert. Visit to see Mr. Rex, a towering three-story concrete beast. Pay the admission price and go to the top for a photo op. The other dino is named Dinny, who is about 150 feet high. Also offered is a dinosaur kiddie ride for the younger children ($2/ride). Check them out on your next road trip.

Find out where to see the dinosaurs

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Admission Cost: Free with NH Museum Admission ($5-$12)
Watch dinosaurs come to life with the T. rex and Tricertops puppets at the Natural History Museum. See how the dinosaurs lived and understand their behavior, anatomy, and movement. This Stage Show is offered Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays or check out the Dinosaurs in the Discovery Center anytime.

Check out the Museum website

Wonder of Dinosaurs, Laguna Hills and Plaza West Covina
Admission Cost: $8-$16
A new museum promoting Dinosaur fun, the Wonder of Dinosaurs has a variety of robotic and static dinosaurs on display. Educational scientific information signs mean that kids will learn and enjoy the dinos. Wonder of Dinosaurs also offers parties and special events.

Have a great time exploring with the dinosaurs.

Aimee Engebretson is a Southern California native who has loved dinosaurs as far back as she can remember. Her favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus.