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Dinosaur Gardens, Ossineke

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Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
Dinosaur Gardens is a tourist attraction in Ossineke, Michigan, United States. Built on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) tract of drained swampland, visitors to the "zoo" encounter several dozen home-made sculptures of dinosaurs, prehistoric birds, prehistoric mammals, and cavemen, many of which are arranged into action-packed (and often violent) scenes. The attraction, started by folk artist Paul N. Domke in the 1930s, also boasts a gift shop and a dinosaur-themed miniature golf course.

Dinosaur Gardens is perhaps best known for its seemingly out-of-place Christian imagery. For example, visitors are greeted at the entrance by a statue of Jesus holding a globe in his left hand. One can also climb into the belly of an Apatosaurus sculpture and find a display proclaiming Jesus as “The Greatest Heart.” However, such eccentricities have made the attraction a popular destination for generations of curiosity seekers.

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  • No need to be a little kid to go have fun amongst the dinos. My boyfriend and I had a blast here. This property is spacious with a large winding trail that guides you around a couple dozen dinosaurs.....  more »
  • We only did the path walk. I first came here decades ago as a child and was so pleased to see how well-maintained the dinosaur sculptures are. One is presently in the process of being repaired, but.....  more »
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  • Rare occasion where a tourist trap was enjoyable for everyone, even our pup. Excellent maintained grounds, good canopy of trees keep the sun off you while you watch your little ones go down the path looking at dinosaurs. Staff was extremely friendly and even offered our golden a drink. We did most of what the facility had to offer through a discounted combo pass. The mini golf course was well maintained and suitable for all ages. The fossil dig was enjoyed by all the kids aged 2, 6 and 15. All and all a 5 star especially for younger children and if you have a dog as sometimes traveling with them can really limit your options.
  • I have been coming here since about 3 years old. I have been here 6 times now through the years. It holds a lot of good memories for me. I like it that they keep things up, and make some changes, but it holds it's familiar character. My kids really enjoyed it for their second time.

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