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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Entertaining. Reminiscent of old roadside attractions.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Yes, with restrictions

Address

US-101
36848
Port Orford, OR 97465
United States

Features

Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Potable water
Picnic tables
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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