Prehistoric Gardens is a roadside attraction located on Oregon's Highway 101 Coastal Route. Founded in 1955 in Port Orford, the gardens feature 23 life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs set among the lush foliage of the area's temperate rainforest. The gardens are the work of amateur paleontologist E.V. "Ernie" Nelson; the site is run by Nelson's granddaughter.Plan your visit to Prehistoric Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Gold Beach journey app.
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I was expecting that Prehistoric Gardens would be oriented toward children and I'd be bored. Boy, was I wrong! It's a fascinating AND educational walk with easy to read signage that describe not only.... more »
The rain forest was so beautiful and they have many informative markers for the flora. We enjoyed the life size replicas of the dinosaurs and the informational signage at each one. Great explanations.... more »
We loved our experience here. A cool place in a natural setting. It should be called Prehistoric Forest. Very cool place. Reasonably priced. The gift shop was overpriced, and I am used to the high price of gift shops. We had a great time here.
BEST TIME! We were on a road trip and really wanted to see all the cute little things we could. This was at a perfect time to stretch our legs, and they LET DOGS IN!! They even gave me a poop bag when I had misplaced my roll earlier that day! Really informative and adorable. The woman who runs it is incredibly generous and sweet :)
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