‘Dinosaurs Among Us’ At RWP Zoo

Big thumbs up for the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit at Roger Williams Park Zoo, up now through August 13th. Triceratops has always been a personal favorite with its pleasing proportions and balanced massing. But all these dinosaurs are built to impress, featuring sound effects and a surprising amount of movement. Watching kids interact with the beasts is half the fun; many were quite knowledgeable and they all seemed to be wearing a well-worn dinosaur tee shirt or pajamas. Exhibit designers have managed to provide plenty of eye-level interactions for kids.

A separate ticket is required for the dinosaur exhibit. It is not included with zoo admission. You can purchase the dinosaur ticket online. It will be good for one hour; the time slot is your arrival window. The dinosaur tickets can also be purchased at the zoo entrance, but they may be sold out for your chosen time slot.

After the walk around the pond viewing the nearly 60 animatronic dinosaurs, the adventure ends at a play area with walking dinosaur rides, dinosaur-themed selfie stations, meet and greets with baby dinosaurs, and hands-on fossil dig stations. And, as always, exit through the gift shop.

Learn more: I strongly recommend “Prehistoric Planet” with David Attenborough. Season 2 has some of the best set pieces, like T. Rex battling a giant Pterosaur on a beach in North America. The CGI animation of this series is so realistic it messes with your perception — with Attenborough’s voice in your ears it all starts looking like wildlife footage and keeps sliding into the documentary portion of your brain. “Wait, this isn’t real . . . but it was real!”  The series is on Apple TV+, a decidedly mixed bag. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a month and binge.

Note: The zoo will be closed Saturday, June 24th to prepare for the Zoobilee! fundraiser.

Dinosaurs Among Us through August 13, Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, (directions)

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I loved the scenes staged off the path in the distance. The pond creates a swampy-looking antediluvian background.

The King. Actually, the biggest species are hard to photograph from tip to tail, but awesome to contemplate.

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