Hours and Admission
The park is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Park Grounds The park grounds are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hiking trails close at 4 p.m.
Note: Pets are NOT allowed on the park's hiking trails. They are only allowed in the picnic and open areas.
The Center is open throughout the year. Hours during the winter are Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center is handicapped-accessible. Please note: the Exhibit Center, hiking trails and park grounds are now closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The tracks are enclosed within the Exhibit Center which has more than 55,000 square feet of exhibit space. Check the program and activities schedule for films and videos, track talks, narrated slide shows, and natural history walks. It is recommended that you allow at least 1-1/2 hours for your visit. You may also want to spend time visiting our nature trails, display gardens, and Arboretum. The Track Casting area is open May 1 through October 31. Mining at the gem and fossil sluice is available during the summer.
Exhibit Center Admission Options
MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are taken for admission charges over $10. We do not take American Express or debit cards.
$6 Adults and Teens (Youth 13 and over)
$2 Youth (Ages 6 -12)
FREE Children (5 years and under)
FREE Charter Oak Pass Holders*
$67 Heritage Pass for two adults and 4 youth provides unlimited admission to Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull, and Gillette Castle during the calendar year.
* Connecticut residents who are age 65 or older can obtain a pass at the park.
The park is located one mile east of Exit 23 (West Street, Rocky Hill) on Interstate Highway 91, a few miles south of Hartford, Connecticut.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a Charter Oak pass?
You must be 65 years old and a Connecticut resident. You must present a valid driver’s license or photo I.D.
Do you have birthday parties at the Park?
No. No food or drink is allowed in the Exhibit Center. Visitors may use the picnic area for their parties and then bring the children into the building. Regular admission is charged.
Can you buy tickets in advance?
No. We must account for our admissions on a daily basis. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.
Do you give donations of tickets or other items?
No. We are a state park and we are not allowed to give donations.
Do you have programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts?
We do offer a Webelos program in the fall and spring on specific Saturdays. Other scouts may schedule a program on weekdays during the time allotted to school groups. Please call the Park for information on these programs.
Are there any discounts for admission?
No. There are no military, AAA or Big Y discounts.
Are you open year round?
Yes. The Exhibit Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The trails are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Where can I see the tracks?
The tracks are inside the Exhibit Center. There are no tracks on the trails.
Is there a playground area at the Park?
No. There is no playground equipment on the ground.
Is there a place to buy food at the Park?
No. There are many restaurants in the area. A list of them is available at the Admission Desk.