FAQs | Nature's Art Village

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370


Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
The PAST & The Gateway Museum:860-437-3615


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FAQs

There are questions we tend to get asked more than others about our dinosaur themed outdoor adventure park, The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in Southeastern Connecticut. If after reviewing the information here you still have an inquiry, you can always Contact Us by Clicking Here.

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+- Do I need to make a reservation?

Do I need to make a reservation at The Dinosaur Place?

Reservations are not required for general visits to our outdoor dinosaur park or indoor hands-on activity center, but please check our Destinations’ & Attractions’ Hours before visiting. Reservations are accepted if you are planning a birthday party or have an organized group of 20 or more visitors. Click Here for group & party information or contact our Guest Relations office at 860-443-4367, or Fun@NaturesArtVillage.com.

+- What age visitors will enjoy The Dinosaur Place™ outdoor adventure park?

What age visitors will enjoy The Dinosaur Place™ outdoor adventure park?

The Dinosaur Place outdoor adventure park is for all ages! toddlers, children, tweens, teens, moms, dads and grandparents love The Dinosaur Place™ and the more than 40 life-sized dinosaurs waiting to greet you! Discovery Depot indoor hands-on attractions have varying age requirements. Please click here for more on these indoor hands-on activities.

+- How long does it take to visit The Dinosaur Place?

How long does it take to visit The Dinosaur Place?

A visit to The Dinosaur Place, outdoor adventure park, takes an average of 2-4 hours. If you are also going to participate in the indoor hands-on activities at Discovery Depot and/or the Gateway MuseumA Village of Progress, you should plan on spending an additional 2-3 hours.

+- Are there food services available at The Dinosaur Place?

Are there food services available at The Dinosaur Place?

Yes, there are a variety of food choices available in the Cobalt Cafe or in one of Nature’s Art Village’s seasonal food locations. See the Food Page for more details.

+- How much does it cost to park and is there room for RVs & campers?

How much does it cost to park and is there room for RVs & campers?

Parking is always free and we have ample parking to accommodate campers. There are no overnight facilities.

+- Is The Dinosaur Place handicap-accessible?

Is The Dinosaur Place handicap-accessible?

Yes, The Dinosaur Place outdoor adventure park has nature trails made with packed gravel in a beautiful natural environment and are best navigated using a wheelchair with wide tires. We do not have wheelchairs available for rent at this time. The restrooms and the indoor facilities, including the Discovery Depot hands-on indoor activity center, are fully handicap-accessible. All Nature’s Art Village attractions are handicap-accessible including The PAST Antiques Marketplace and Gateway MuseumA Village of Progess.

+- What forms of payment do you accept and is there an ATM at Nature's Art Village or The Dinosaur Place: Outdoor Adventure Park?

What forms of payment do you accept and is there an ATM at Nature’s Art Village or The Dinosaur Place: Outdoor Adventure Park?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and debit cards (with a Visa or MasterCard logo); personal checks (numbered 300 and above) with a valid Driver’s License; and good old-fashioned cash! We do not have an ATM on site at this time but there is one located across the street.

+- Do you offer dinosaur birthday party packages?

Do you offer dinosaur birthday party packages?

Yes, we have a variety of themed parties indoors, plus an outdoor party package. Click here for birthday party details or contact the Guest Relations office at 860-443-4367 or Fun@naturesartvillage.com

+- Do you allow pets?

Do you allow pets?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at Nature’s Art Village for the safety of all guests.

+- Is smoking permitted?

Is smoking permitted?

For the health and safety of our guests, The Dinosaur Place™ and all Nature’s Art Village destinations and attractions are smoke-free environments.

+- Is photography permitted?

Is photography permitted?

Absolutely! You are welcome to take pictures and video anywhere in The Dinosaur Place outdoor adventure park and in the Discovery Depot indoor attractions. We encourage you to share your photos with us on social media using the links on the top  of this page!

+- Is the The Dinosaur Place admission valid all day and can I leave and re-enter?

Is the The Dinosaur Place admission valid all day and can I leave and re-enter?

Yes, The Dinosaur Place outdoor park admission is valid for the entire day and you may leave and re-enter as necessary with a valid hand stamp. Please note, last admission and re-entry are always one hour prior to closing.

+- What do I need to go on The Dinosaur Place Splashpad®?

What do I need to go on The Dinosaur Place Splashpad®?

Everyone going on the Splashpad® must wear water shoes or flip flops. There is plenty of dry seating available around the Splashpad® for you to enjoy. We recommend wearing a bathing suit, bringing a towel and a change of clothes as you will get wet if you use the Splashpad®! We have changing facilities available to you across from the Splashpad®. Kids are required to have an adult accompany them on the Splashpad® at all times.

+- Can I climb on the dinosaurs?

Can I climb on the dinosaurs?

No, each dinosaur attraction is a one-of-a-kind artwork and may not be climbed on. Due to their size climbing is unsafe to the dinosaur and the climber. Monty’s Playground does offer plenty of safe climbing opportunities. Guests must stay on the marked trails, however, some of the larger exhibits allow you to stand next to, and even hug, a life-sized dinosaur and capture a great photo.

+- Are the dinosaurs real?

Are the dinosaurs real?

We wish! Unfortunately, dinosaurs became extinct approximately 66 million years ago. Throughout The Dinosaur Place Outdoor Adventure Park at Nature’s Art Village in Montville, CT you will see life-sized and life-like dinosaur sculptures made out of concrete and steel.