The Dinosaurs are coming to Yakima!!  I'm excited because I have loved dinosaurs since I was a kid.  I was well into my teens before I gave up the dream of being a paleontologist and discovering the next big set of bones.

Dino-exhibits have visited before and it's great family fun so here's what you need to know for this next trip back in time to the Jurrasic period.

TRex: Dinosaurs alive, an exhibition in Canada's Wonderland
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Jurrasic Period?

FYI: The Jurassic period lasted about 54 million years from 199.6 to 145.5 million years ago. It was a fertile time for the fascinating beasts.  Scientific evidence shows a major climate change. (What, no new green deal?)  Hot, dry weather changed into a warm, wet climate that gave rise to lush vegetation and abundant life including a whole lot of new dinosaurs.

Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved.

8-meter-long artificial tyrannosaurus unveiled
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  "Walk Among The Dinosaurs"

"Walk Among The Dinosaurs" is billed as North America’s most popular, can’t-miss dinosaur adventure and it's striding into State Fair Park December 10-12.

The PR push says, "The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to delight Washington families when Jurassic Quest® opens at the Yakima Valley SunDome at State Fair Park."  

The traveling exhibit was almost extinct itself due to the Corona Virus pandemic but they're back now  with "its most beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur-themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, and more."

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Tickets & Logistics

Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows.

There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site for $5 each, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket. Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost.

Tickets are timed entry  -- reserve online to ensure the desired date and time at -- or are available on-site, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount.

KIDS & ADULTS: $19  /  $22

SENIORS: $18 / $20


Free entry for children under 2.

Tickets for individual & premium activities are available on-site (from $6).

Offpeak hours are weekdays (all day) and weekends after 3 pm.

Hours:  Friday, Dec. 10: 3-8 pm

Saturday, Dec. 11: 9 am-8 pm

Sunday, Dec. 12: 9 am-6 pm

Even Dino-shows Have COVID Rules

We care about the safety of our guests and crew. So guests can focus on the fun, we have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the event. We continuously monitor and implement public health recommendations and local regulations.

In compliance with the October 14 Statement by Governor Inslee and the State of Washington, all guests ages 12 and over, will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the event to be admitted. Masks are also required for ages 5 and up. For more information, please visit

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