Staten Islanders… get ready for some ferocious fun! LuminoCity Festival’s Dino Safari, an outdoor event highlighted by dozens of glowing dinosaurs, is roaring into New Jersey and New York this summer!
Dino Safari will transform New Jersey’s Rockaway Town Square into a mesmerizing, prehistoric wonderland of light and imagination. An exciting evolution of the LuminoCity experience, the event runs daily, now through July 9, 2023.
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“We are thrilled to bring the extraordinary Dino Safari experience to the vibrant heart of New Jersey’s Town Square, providing residents and visitors with a fresh, exciting take on summer festivities,” founder Xiaoyi Chen said.
The event is also scheduled to come to Long Island’s Walt Whitman Shops, July 27 – Sept. 4. Here, LuminoCity is adding a rare prehistoric animal section, which will include about 20 animals, including marine life.
What to Expect at LuminoCity Festival’s Dino Safari
The centerpiece of the event is a field of approximately 50 life-sized animated dinosaurs, from the cunning Oviraptor to the formidable Triceratops, the soaring Pterosaur, even a towering 45-foot Brachiosaurus!
The dinos will look especially realistic with special effects including jaws that open and close to roar and heads and tails that sway. Visitors can hear them breathe and see their eyes blink open and close. The Pterosaur’s wings even flutter in the breeze!
To experience the full scope of the festival–lights and all–plan a visit at night. At dusk, the amazing dinosaurs glow in beautiful colors, transforming into an animated field of time and illumination that will impress dino fans of all ages.
More features of the LuminoCity Festival’s Dino Safari include:
Free On-Site Attractions: Kids will love digging for relics in the Fossil Field Sandbox. Also, families can relax on Dino Bone Chairs and take photos at the Dino Photo Booths.
Dinosaur Speedway Adventure: Compete with friends and family in a Dino-themed race around a prehistoric track. (Extra fee: $5 per ride)
Dino Paradise Bounce Castle: Kids and kids-at-heart can jump, bounce and have fun in a 260-foot bounce castle. (Extra fee: $18)
Caterpillar Express Train: Choo Choo! Hop aboard this fun train ride and enjoy an exciting journey around Dinosaur Dream Island. (Extra fee: $10 per ride)
Can’t get enough of dinosaurs? There’s some fierce news in Nassau County that kids of all ages will love: Two new dinosaurs at the Center for Science in Rockville Centre are now on view and ready to meet everyone!
What You Need to Know About Visiting LuminoCity Festival’s Dino Safari
Where is the LuminoCity Festival’s Dino Safari located?
There are two nearby locations for the festival: One in New Jersey and one in New York.
In New Jersey, the festival is at Rockaway Town Square, 301 Mt. Hope Ave., Rockaway Twp. It is also scheduled to be in New York at the Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station.
When is the Dino Safari festival?
The festival in New Jersey is open daily, now through July 27, 4-10pm.
The festival in New York will be open daily, July 9-Sept. 4, 4-10pm.
How much are tickets?
Daytime tickets, 4-7pm, Sunday-Friday: $22.98; Saturday, $24.98
Night-time tickets: 7-10pm, Sunday-Friday, $26.98; Saturday, $28.98
Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. (Note: There are separate prices for amusement activity tickets: The Dino Speedway, Caterpillar Express and Dinosaur Paradise Bounce).
What time of day is best to see the dinosaurs?
Any time! But if you want to see the dinosaurs be illuminated, it’s best to purchase night-time tickets.
Is parking free at the venues?
Yes, parking is free.
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