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Philadelphia Zoo Dinosaurs: Photo Tour of the ‘Big Time’ Animatronic Exhibit

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“Big time” is great for kids, but it also makes a perfect outdoor date or day out to spend with friends.

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It’s been two months since the Philadelphia Zoo opened its latest special exhibit, which features 24 life-size replicas of the long-lived creature. With spring greenery filling in, the display has never looked better.

a journey throughmore time“There’s nothing like checking out the zoo’s many live animal collections that you’d walk into to get there, and go on the same trip.

But the prehistoric show offers plenty of benefits of its own. There is no pain in your neck or an elusive lion or tiger waiting to come out of its cave. Instead, dinosaurs are right in front of you as you walk down the winding path, which is cleverly arranged so that you can only see a few giant, species-specific dioramas at any one time.

Created by an organization called Dinodon in Media, Pa., the animatronic models were created with a surprising amount of detail, so they stand out when inspected closely. Small children have the ability to jump into momentary fear if you dare to come closer – some roaring animatronic creatures gnash their teeth and lift their claws.

For the most part, children are the perfect audience for the exhibition. The scary parts don’t last very long (each dino goes silent and stays on until someone comes close to it), and they’re on the way in a limited-edition, limited-edition, audio box to unlock narration in the audio box. Can pick up dinosaur-shaped zoo keys.

It is also a perfect date activity with interesting selfie backgrounds. There is little chance of boredom, as curators sprinkle informational placards creating a narrative about development, climate change, endangered species and the illegal wildlife trade.

The whole thing is located in what was once the Children’s Zoo, an area that hasn’t been open since 2013. Near the entrance/exit of the Loop is a snack bar, appropriately rebranded as “Dino Bites”, and a beer garden. Also serves alcohol.

Big Time: Life in a Dangerous AgeOpen daily from 30th September from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets cost $6 per person (free under 2 years old) on top of regular zoo admission ($24 for adults and children 12 and over; $19 for ages 2 to 11) in advance Purchase is required.

Scroll down to see two dozen photos of what you’ll find when you visit.

Alamosaurus is 98 feet long and is the largest dinosaur on display
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This 'Big Time' Welcomes Visitors to the Exhibit's Entrance
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The T-Rex stands 40 feet and weighs 3,000 pounds.
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Quetzalcoatlus has a wingspan of 35 feet
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Edmontosaurus is 40 feet long
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but its babies are so cute
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Head-Butting Pachycephalosaurs Were Actually Herbivores
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With Wings, Anzu Is Extra Scary
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the little ones are still cute
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Apiornis is also known as the 'elephant bird' and weighs 1,200 pounds.
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Dakotaraptor was a fierce hunter
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A giant sloth lives up to its name
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Thylakoleo is the largest carnivorous animal living in Australia
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Everyone's Favorite Prehistoric Toothed Animal, the Woolly Mammoth
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Asteroid crater believed to have caused dinosaurs' demise
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Dino Bites Snack Bar
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