Dinosaur Island Is Returning To The Columbus Zoo In May

The animatronic dinosaurs have arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Photo by Amanda Carberry, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Dino fans can rejoice! Dinosaur Island will return to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Memorial Day weekend.

Go back in time, 65 million years ago, to a period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. There are several different kinds of dinos on display, including Amargasaurus, Carnotaurus, Diabloceratops, Muttaburrasaurus, and the ever popular, Tyrannosaurus rex.

The attraction will open on May 29 and run until the end of October. Visitors have the option to view the dinosaurs via a walking path or water taxi. Admission to Dinosaur Island is $3 for general admission, $2 for Columbus Zoo members and free for Columbus Zoo Gold members. Dinosaur Island is also included in the price of a Zoo-it-All ride wristband.

Don’t worry, the zoo’s Dinosaur Island won’t be anything like Jurassic Park! These guys are all animatronic, which means no dino-takeover. They are made of steel with silicon waterproof skin, and the dinosaurs have eyes that shift and blink, tails that move, bodies that breathe, and electronic “brains” that activate and control their movements and sounds.

For more information about Dinosaur Island, please visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium website.

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