Jurassic Quest invites guests to travel back in time to experience ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs, with more than 50 featured in the show.
Visitors interact with the larger-than-life creatures, learning about them and even riding a few. The show features realistic scenes, giant dinosaurs and even baby ones, as well as interactive games and activities. They offer a T-Rex and Triceratops fossil dig, where young paleontologists uncover hidden dinosaur bones. They also have the Dino Bounce area, with dinosaur-themed inflatable mazes, face painting and crafts.
Dustin Baker, show manager for Jurassic Quest, said the event started about three years ago after the owner was sitting around with some family and friends and came up with the idea.
“It’s been touring now for the last three years, and recently, the show split into two: Jurassic Quest and Jurassic Quest Extra Large,” he said.
Jurassic Quest works with teams of experts and collaborates with paleontology partners to offer the life-like experiences for guests.
Baker said they have a replica of the largest carnivore to ever walk on Earth, the Spinosaurus.
“When people see it and look up, they are amazed by it,” he said.
T-Rex is well-known for having the most powerful bite of the carnivores, Baker added, but the Spinosaurus was the biggest.
At the all-day event, attendees are free to come and go for the entire duration of the show. Baker said there are fossil exhibits, bounce houses, shows and trainers with baby dinosaurs.
“What is cool about our show is that people can experience the show as long as they want to,” he said, “and once you get your hand stamped, you can come in and out as much as you want for the whole day.”
Although there will be concessions, families can leave to eat or do whatever else is on the agenda, then come back and enjoy the show.
Baker said when you go in, the dinosaurs are gated and they are moving.
“Sometimes it is better than going to the zoo, because animals don’t always come out. We do have lots of information and educational activities as well.”
Tour guides are available for Jurassic Quest, but attendees can create their own path and see whatever exhibits they want to as they go along.
“The tour guides offer a lot of information,” Baker said, “and we have Jurassic Jeopardy, which is a fun game for people to learn about dinosaurs, and we actually have real fossils.”
“Jurassic Quest is a good mixture of education and entertainment,” he said.
IF YOU GO
What: Jurassic Quest
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 15
Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive
Cost: $29 children’s VIP includes unlimited rides; $20 children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older; $25 ages 13 and older; police, military and their families save $5 on each ticket