No one is too old to visit a dinosaur park and the inaugural year of Dino Roar Valley is the proof of it.
An expansion of the historic Magic Forest amusement park (which has operated since 1963) just south of the Village of Lake George, Dino Roar Valley hosts 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail.
General Manager John Collins says the dinosaurs are based on dinosaur skeletal remains – they may breathe, blink, roar, or move limbs. “There are also activities along the trails,” says Collins. “The walking trail is educational and entertaining. I think it appeals to a variety of ages.” There is signage throughout the 0.5-mile trail offering information about each dinosaur.
Collins said younger children enjoy excavating the dinosaur bones at the Fossil Dig. A nearby yurt houses a paleolithic lab where more fossil activities are available for an additional fee. Visitors can climb into what is described as a “three-dimensional Dino Nest – a unique globe-like structure.”
“We thought that this is the perfect spot for this type of entertainment,” says Collins. “When we were building, we minimized disturbance so that when walking along the trail it feels like you’re in a prehistoric area.”
Collins says that dinosaurs are for everyone. Those with mobility issues can use the golf cart service to bring people to the middle of the valley. There are wheelchairs and electric scooters available for rent of a first-come, first-served basis.
Magic Forest, next door, still includes the train through the forest, a couple dozen kiddie rides and the Ferris Wheel, Paratrooper, Tilt-A-Whirl, Scrambler, and the new High Rider. The magician and diving shows continue – they no longer include a horse – and now there are alpaca, sheep and goats. Both amusement parks are now part of the Lake George Expedition Park.
Dino Roar Valley and Magic Forest are open every day through Labor Day. After September 2nd they are open weekends only through October 27. Hours are always 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are available at the door or online. Look for discounts with a Magic Forest combo ticket. Wristbands are issued at the door allowing participants the ability to leave and return throughout the day.
Photo of Dino Roar Valley dinosaur provided.