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  • Dinos and Gators in Newport News

    by Casey | Posted on July 10th, 2012

    When the temps get too hot to handle, find your family fun indoors at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.

    T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living Museum.

    T-Rex, a part of the Dinosaurs! exhibit at Virginia Living Museum

    Their latest exhibit, Dinosaurs!, features a roaring robotic T-Rex who reinforces his dominance while a Corythorsaurus tends her nest of eggs and a Pteranodon soars above. With the Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Mosasaurus and Elasmosaurus nearby, you’ll likely feel like you’ve stepped into The Land of the Lost.

    Add more dinos to your Cretaceous fun with a trip to the Abbitt Planetarium where you can experience four different dinosaur digs from around the world in Dinosaur Prophecy (recommended for ages 10 and older).

    Dinosaurs! exhibit is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily through September 3, 2012. Dinosaur Prophecy is available at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily through September 3, 2012.

    Albino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.

    Albino American alligator at the Virginia Living Museum through September 3, 2012.

    While you’re at the VLM, check out the albino Alligator – a resident this summer only! The gator comes from Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine, Florida, and is one of less than 100 known true albino American alligators, a species that numbers five million. If you believe in luck and legends, peer into his eyes for good luck.

    If you care to spend some time with the American alligators after the Museum closes, check out Gator Bites - a 45-minute program that includes a pizza party, feeding of the alligators, photos, and the opportunity to touch a gator. Gator Bites is offered Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and is limited to 15 people. Available through August 28, 2012.

    VLM Admission

    • $17 per adult
    • $13 per child aged 3 to 12
    • Free for children 2 and younger
    • Abbitt Planetarium is an additional $4 per person.
    • Gator Bites is an additional $25 per person and must be purchased in advance.

    Hours

    • Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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