The place certainly looks great from the freeway and up close the dinosaurs don't disappoint. The robotic dinos move and sound convincing, and the T-Rex is cool to climb into. That much is worth the entry fee for sure.
However... from the outside, the place gives no hint that it is a fundamentalist christian organization determined to convince its patrons that man and dinosaur coexisted because "the bible says so on the 6th day."
Posted in several conspicuous locations within the compound are (poorly spelled) signs talking about how carbon dating is wrong but a book with known factual issues must therefore be right.
Even more hilarious are various displays showing a knight amongst dinosaurs and a WW2 era soldier hanging out in the jungle with velociraptors. Really?! Flintstones was not a documentary, guys.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the good ideas contained within the Bible, but crafting a dinosaur show to lure kids, and the kid-at-heart, and then blindsiding them with a "science is faith too" message just smacks of shady conduct.
I'd be just as unhappy about this if I came in and it turned out to be a satanic cult running the operation. I paid to see a cool dinosaur show, not a half-wit brainwashing scam.
Reading the signs may be hazardous to your brain. Symptoms of damage include inability to be objective and lashing out at skeptics.
Once again another favorite among kids if you happen to be driving along the I-10, towards or away from California! Gigantic concrete dinosaurs with a gift shop of dinosaur items for kids, just beside the Cabazon shopping outlet which is in turn a favourite of shopping moms -like my wife...Always nice to have pictures taken here and kids love the giant creatures...
Location, Hours & Tours
50770 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230-2304
Mr. Rex's Backyard Adventure™ is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (will open at 10:00 a.m. on any of these days for a prescheduled group) and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
These dinosaurs became popular in the 1980s, appearing in everything from Coke commercials to rock videos to the film Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Claude Bell, the creator, took eleven years to build the dinosaurs. Inside of the belly of one of the dinosaurs is a small souvenir shop.
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Ok, next to the park is Burger King which is nice and restaurant Wheel Inn Cafe. Any ways at least there is a place to fetch some grub either before your dinosaur exploration or after. Oh there is a gas station nearby too!!!
This is a very unique store. Lots of educational toys and games, but the kids get to experience being inside Ms. Dinny Apatosaurus Dino Store, which is open 10:00 a.m. to dusk. You get ticket here also to experience Mr. Rex. There are lots of picnic tables outside or just sit on Ms. Dinny toes. I don't think she'll mind!
If you wanna buy good quality clothes of your favourite brand at affordable prices, go there.
You'll find there Escada, Dolce & Gabana, Polo Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Dockers, Hugo Boss, Izod, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci and many more.
Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-9pm,
What to buy: Designer, sportswear, shoes, luggage, leather goods, houseware, furniture, jewelry etc.
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If you're sensitive to smoke like I am, beware that smoking is allowed insideCasino Morongo, at the slots and inside the Key Club, even though you're still in California. I don't know the legal logistics, but I'm guessing that because it's on Native American soil, they're exempt from the law.
It was a shock. I swear there was a woman at the slot machines wearing one of those surgical masks.
Favorite thing: The main Cabazon attraction is probably what's known as 'Claude Bell's Dinosaurs'.... The dinosaurs were built by Claude Bell, who ran the Wheel Inn on I-10. Claude took 11 years to build Dinny, a giant apatosaurus and arguably the largest dinosaur in America. A small museum in Dinny's belly still sells souvenirs. A giant Tyrannosaurus was started as the next project, but was not completed when Claude died. There's now a shop inside this dinosaur you see right here on this picture, and they sell all kinds of nick nacks and souvenirs, Indian jewelery, etc.