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Prehistoric Gardens

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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  • A large sign announces Prehistoric Gardens to travelers on Oregon's Highway 101.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • The lifesize dinosaur sculptures begin before even entering the attraction.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Signs throughout the trail offer information about the natural history of the dinosaurs and the forest the park resides in.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Nineteen different dinosaur sculptures are set along the park's walking path.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • The short path around the sculptures is wheelchair-accessible and family-friendly.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Many of the sculptures took years to complete and have been on display in the family-owned attraction for over 60 years.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Informational signs are posted beside each of the dinosaur sculptures.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Additional exhibits are visible inside the gift shop.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • One of Prehistoric Gardens' dinosaur sculptures.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Exhibits inside the gift shop, along with one of the original dinosaur model inspirations for the park.- Prehistoric Gardens
  • Dinosaur-related gifts, local products, drinks and snacks are available inside the park gift shop. - Prehistoric Gardens
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Pros: 
Entertaining. Reminiscent of old roadside attractions.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Prehistoric Gardens is a living relic of a past era of entertaining roadside attractions along highways frequented by tourists. Set on Highway 101 several miles south of the town of Port Orford, Prehistoric Gardens is a family-friendly walk-through attraction with nearly two dozen lifesize dinosaur sculptures peeking out of the ferns and moss of an old-growth forest containing trees up to around 300 years in age.

Opened six months before Disneyland and remaining in the family of original sculptor Ernie Nelson, grandfather of the current owners, Prehistoric Gardens combines a little bit of education from interpretive signs along the trail with brightly-colored dinosaur sculptures meant to entertain the kids. The attraction has an easy ADA-friendly path that meanders among the dinosaurs, crossing a couple of wooden bridges and weaving past the old-growth trees along the way.

A visitor's logbook at the end invites guests to leave a note about their visit. The park gift shop has a few more exhibits and offers a selection of gifts and local products for sale as well as a few drink offerings.

In all, Prehistoric Gardens can be seen in about an hour. Dogs on leash are welcome. A couple of benches outside of the exhibit allow visitors to sit down an unpack a lunch. Current hours and admission rates can be found at prehistoricgardens.com.

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