If you’re a mom of a kid fascinated with dinosaurs, I’ve got you covered with all the best dino-themed spots in the city for some prehistoric fun. Think museum adventures, fossil digs, and even dino-tastic parks. This guide points you to the coolest places to see dinosaurs in Austin and hopefully toward some unforgettable memories!

Dinosaur Exhibits and Museums

Texas Science and Natural History Museum

Situated on the University of Texas campus, this museum is a treasure trove for enthusiasts of natural history and ancient creatures that once inhabited Earth. The museum provides an engaging educational experience for children through its collection of fossils and reconstructions.

Hours and Admission

The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, with special events and exhibits throughout the year. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 5-17, and free for kids under 4 years old.

Austin Nature and Science Center

This center offers a unique blend of outdoor exploration and interactive indoor exhibits. The Dino Pit is a fun interactive spot for kids to discover dinosaur bones in the sand! Also, make sure not to miss the Trade Counter were your little explorer can find a new treasure!

Hours and Admission

Admission is free, and the center is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Trade Counter is open 10 am to 1 pm Wednesday – Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

Science Mill Fossil Dig

The Science Mill, a short drive from Austin, offers an immersive experience in its fossil dig area. Kids can get their hands dirty uncovering prehistoric life and learning about the process of fossilization.

Hours and Admission

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 5pm, with tickets priced at $11 for adults and $9.50 for children. Special group pricing is available.

Outdoor Dinosaur Adventures

Dinosaur Park

Journey back in time as you walk through the wooded trails of Dinosaur Park. This outdoor museum features life-sized models of dinosaurs to create a realistic experience for visitors young and old. Your dino enthusiast will also love the fossil dig, playground and Dinosaur Store activities!

Hours and Admission

The park is open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday – Sunday, with admission priced at $10 for children (ages 2-12) and $11 for adults. Children ages 23 months and under are free.

Dinosaur Tracks in Leander, TX

Just a short drive from Austin, you can visit real dinosaur tracks embedded in the limestone of the South San Gabriel River. This site is both educational and exciting! Don’t forget to get a photo with the real life fossil!

Hours and Admission

Admission to the site is free, and families can visit from sunrise to sunset.

Zilker Botanical Gardens

Home to the Zilker Botanical Garden’s prehistoric garden, which features native Texas plants that likely coexisted with the dinosaurs, this is a spot for both lovers of nature and dinosaur history. Spanning two acres, this area has been transformed into a habitat reminiscent of the Cretaceous period. Make sure you don’t miss the life-sized Ornithomimus sculpture!

Hours and Admission

The gardens are open from 9 am to 6 pm daily, with admission prices ranging from $3 to $6.

Mosasaur All Abilities Playground

A model of a mosasaur, the giant sea creature that lived at the end of the age of dinosaurs, is the highlight of this playscape at Southeast Metropolitan Park. It’s the perfect spot to combine playtime with a lesson in paleontology.

Hours and Admission

Admission to the playscape is free, and the park is open from 8 am to dusk.

Champion Park in Cedar Park, TX

Check out this park’s covered play area with embedded dinosaur bone replicas! With a great playscape, boulders for climbing and pavilions for rent, you could host a perfect Dino-themed birthday party here!

Hours and Admission

The park is free for all visitors and open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Jurassic Car Wash

For a unique dinosaur encounter, stop by the Jurassic Car Wash, where larger-than-life dinosaur models oversee the soapy spectacle. It’s an unexpected twist to the routine car wash; plus, a fun surprise for dino fans.

Hours and Admission

The car wash is open 24/7 for self service.

Dinosaur Adventures Outside of Austin

Dinosaur Science Museum in Keene, TX

Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, TX

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX

T Rex at Mayborn Museum in Waco, TX

Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX

Brittany Churchill
Brittany lives in Austin, TX with her two children as a youngish divorced working mom. In 2019 while going through a divorce, moving to a new state, re-entering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years, and rebuilding her life, she published her first book “Tap In Not Out: How Overwhelmed Moms Can Reclaim Peace, Cultivate A Better Life, And Thrive.” Why did she write this book during so many major life transitions? Because she knew what she desired for her life - to be an author, speaker, and life impactor in this world. And she figured out the steps to make it happen even in the worst of times. In her book, she opens up in a candid, old-close-friend kind of way about her struggles and breakthroughs in motherhood while offering great life hacks and perspectives to help any mom out there. Her heart is to help women tap into powerful mindsets that ignite their most authentic self setting them up for a thriving life. Here is what people are saying about her book: “I read a lot and love reviewing. But THIS book is authentic, real, and encouraging.” (T.A.) “Ah, a breath of fresh air-- it's a serious book that makes you laugh out loud!!! This book was such a refreshing look at our humanity as moms!” (Grossman) “This book is great with funny mom stories, authentic mom self talk and inspiration for living the best mom-life. The author shows moms a way forward into the abyss of motherhood, where we often feel like we are fading into oblivion. She shows us moms how life can be exciting and fulfilling even in the mundane.” (Jessica) Brittany is active in her new community in Austin, TX. Whether she is connecting with others through Austinmoms.com, Bee Women in Bee Cave, or mom groups in the online world, she is constantly reinforcing a mindset to inspire all women to live their best life. In a nutshell, she is just a mom who figured out how to live her dream.


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