Visitor Information

For Families

Come to Dinosaur Park Open Houses to meet paleontologists, learn about Maryland prehistory, and search an active fossil site for 115 million-year old remains of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals!

Open Houses are held from 12-4 PM on the first and third Saturday of every month, year round. Programs start every 20 minutes. The fenced-in fossil area is only accessible during Open Houses and special events, but the interpretive garden is open every day from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

A dinosaur-themed activity room is located at Montpelier Mansion, a short drive from Dinosaur Park. Kids can assemble giant 3-D dinosaur puzzles, create dinosaur craft projects, and more.

Please contact Montpelier Mansion at 301-377-7817 for current hours and information. You can also visit the Montpelier Mansion web site for more information.

For information about visiting Dinosaur Park, please call 301-627-1286.

For Educators

Dinosaur Park offers personalized school and group programs. Our educational programs have been designed to meet Maryland Common Core Learning Goals in Science. Each visit will begin with an orientation presentation and guided tour of the site, followed by a participatory, age-appropriate activity and an opportunity to search for fossils. Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance. Program fee ($300 resident, $390 non-resident) must be paid one week in advance of program date. Group size is limited to 40 participants.

For more information on programs, please call 301-627-1286.

Location and Directions

Dinosaur Park is located off of Contee Road in Laurel, at the end of Mid Atlantic Boulevard.

From the D.C. area, take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) to Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie Road). Turn West on Route 197. Turn left onto Contee Road. Turn left onto Mid-Atlantic Boulevard and proceed straight. Dinosaur Park is at the end of the road.

From Route 29, turn East onto Route 198. Cross I-95 and turn right onto Baltimore Ave/Route 1 South. Turn left onto Contee Road. Take the second right onto Mid Atlantic Boulevard and proceed straight. Dinosaur Park is at the end of the road.