We were trying to keep our little vacation last weekend relatively cheap, but we wanted to do something besides just hang out at the resort. The day before we left, I did some googling and came across The Dinosaur Park. I wasn't super thrilled that Secora's ticket would cost the same as an adult's, but Josh pointed out it was a homegrown business and we decided it would be somewhat educational.
The entrance is an unassuming little building in a gravel parking lot next to an RV park. I've driven through Bastrop more times than I can count and I never had any clue this place existed. Inside the building is a small gift shop that includes a nice range of toys and souvenirs. There's nothing worse than dragging kids through a gift shop where everything is insanely expensive. That wasn't a problem here though, we gave them each a $5 limit and they were all able to find something they wanted. There are also really nice and clean restrooms available. Large changing tables and enough space to take all your kids in with you if needed.
While the dinosaurs are off limits for touching/climbing, there are some hands on things along the trail. A stop at this replica of a dino footprint perfectly demonstrated the personality differences between the oldest girls:
This was definitely a fun stop. We stayed for about an hour and a half. The girls would have liked to play in the fossil dig longer or play on the playground, but it was past lunch time and we were all hungry. I would estimate this is a 1-2 hour stop for most families.
Fun fact, this park was opened in 2005 by a family whose kids (7 and under at the time) were obsessed with dinosaurs. Talk about dedication to supporting your kids' passions!