HAMPTON—The largest and most realistic dinosaur attraction in North America will soon be coming to Hampton. More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to delight families when Jurassic Quest® arrives at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, October 8-10.
The event promises 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 the littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions (socks required), photo opportunities, and more.
Visitors will be able to walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods to see the dinosaurs that ruled on land, and spectators can “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face-to-face with the largest apex predator that ever existed—a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon. Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex, and Trixie the Triceratops. Event attendees may even catch up with dinosaur trainers Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick, or Park Ranger Marty.
The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinosaurs—from the largest predators to playful babies—are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago. 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 current models understand the way dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved.
Tickets start at $19 for kids and $22 for adults at www.jurassicquest.com or 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. Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged to guarantee preferred date/time before it sells out. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Some venues may have wheelchairs for use, but please contact the venue in advance to make arrangements.
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 (the best value for children ages 2-12). Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost. Entry is free for children under age 2.
Show hours are: Friday, October 8, 9am to 8pm; Saturday, October 9, 9am to 8pm; and Sunday, October 10, 9am to 6pm.