Although we have been in Austin for a week now, we have not really done too much due to the very cold weather and Thanksgiving. As we celebrated Thanksgiving, Jen and I spoke about having her return to Seattle to visit family. Fortunately, for us, there was a very cheap flight the next day, Black Friday, and we booked a ticket for her and Evelyn. She flew up to surprise her parents.
This left Leona and I to enjoy some daddy/daughter time. Saturday we ran some errands and go out to enjoy Austin, but Sunday morning we both woke up a little blah. I could tell she wanted to do something Sunday but was enjoying a little lazy day.
I did a quick search on the Internet for kid activities and I found there was a ‘Dinosaur Park’ just outside of Austin. The reviews on Yelp seemed to be very positive and the cost was only $7 per person. Leona loves dinosaurs and the pictures of the parked made it seem like an enjoyable experience for her.
The weather forecast called for mid-70s, sun and a little bit of wind. As we left the RV campground around noon, the blue sky let me know it was going to be a warm day ahead. We stopped at Whataburger and picked up some lunch for the drive. The Dinosaur Park was on the other-side of Austin and I hoped Leona would pass out on the hour-long drive but as is normal she passed out about ten minutes before we pulled into the driveway.
I awoke her from our slumber after I parked and told her it was adventure time. She smiled a little smile when I asked her if she wanted to walk. As we walked towards the building, she noticed the large mural of dinosaurs and instantly lit up and started shouting “dinosaur!” The building was both the registration desk and a gift shop.
Once you pay your entrance fee (a modest $7 for anyone over 2 years old, $14 for the both of us), you exit the building into a large clearing. There are a two picnic shelters where they have birthday celebrations, two play sets, and many wide-open spaces for the little people to stretch their legs. To the right was a small pathway, which would be the start of the Dinosaur path.
You enter into a Texas forest, the trees do not tower that tall so there is plenty of natural light. The pathway was gravel and there was a nice spacing between the dinosaurs. Leona and I strolled; we were in no rush, along the path. There was only one other group there so I let her run her heart out and “spot” the dinosaurs on her own. She would get big eyed and squeal when she saw a new dinosaur. I could tell she was in dinosaur heaven.
We spent about an hour touring the park. Afterwards I let her play in the large play area; one of the cool activities was a “fossil dig” where she played with it for a while. As we exited, we stopped in the gift shop where I tried to get Leona to choose a soft gift. She was hell bent on getting the hard dinosaurs and as rough as she was being with them in the store, I only imagined what she would do to her sister/the dog/her parents.
I know she enjoyed spending some quality daddy time and really enjoyed the dinosaurs. This is not a typical place I like to visit, because it is somewhat cheesy, but I am really glad we came. I would recommend it if you are in Austin for a few weeks.