We went over opening weekend after purchasing Living Social deals (14.00 per ticket). After reading such negative reviews, we were very wary about how the place would be. I'm so glad we went and didn't let the reviews deter us from going. My son is 5 and loves dinosaurs. He loved it here!! My husband and I think it the attractions and park was actually very well done. We stayed a total of about two hours- we could have stayed longer had we done more of their mini shows (but after reading such bad reviews we only allotted a specific amount of time and made afternoon plans). We ended up just eating lunch there as it was most convenient. We had cheeseburgers, my son had chicken nuggets. The food was okay. They offered burgers, pizza, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches. A cheeseburger was 6.00 and chicken nuggets were 6 for 4.00. My son is pretty picky about his chicken and he ate them. We also had a bag of popcorn for 5.00 which was very salty and a little stale. Food was priced as you would find anywhere else. We decided to pay 5.00 extra per person for the 3D show. We thought it was worth it- wouldn't recommend for a child under age 5. My son especially liked digging for fossils. There were other shows, but again we only planned on a couple hours.
Overall I would recommend going- it's really well done. I will say door price tickets are very expensive- 25 for adults and 20 for kids plus then a 10.00 parking fee. I'm not understanding the parking fee but what can you do. I would highly recommend getting the living social deal for this. My son keeps asking if we can go again and with another living social deal I would. I would bring lunch with me next time though- food is allowed to be brought in. We also had waters so didn't have to buy them.
As for the bug spray, we had it and used it because we read we had to. Honestly it wasn't buggy at all and there were a few puddles from the rain the day before. We may have been lucky though. And as for having to wear old shoes as they will get ruined- I will wear my good sneakers next time we go- they will be fine. And they do have portable bathrooms throughout park- just use the ones by the entrance- they made it in to a bathroom. Definitely a nice day and we had a good time. Very glad we went and didn't listen to reviews. Would go back with the living social deal as my son loved it.
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