This year Dinosaur Adventure is offering a drive-thru exhibit that’s making a stop 90 minutes from Rockford, Illinois in Wheaton, Illinois. If you want to experience dinos from the comfort of your car, this is the event for you!

Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds (2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187)

When: August 21 – 30, 2020

Cost: $49 – $69 per car of up to 8 people
$29 for Adventure Packs

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What is Dinosaur Adventure?

Dinosaur Adventure is a traveling outdoor dinosaur exhibit with life-size dinosaurs. They are making a stop at DuPage County Fairgrounds from August 21 – 30, 2020.

This prehistoric tour features 80 life-sized dinosaurs including a 40 foot T-Rex, 30 foot Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, and more! Some of the dinosaurs are animatronic and others roar.

Before you go, Dinosaur Adventure recommends downloading the accompanying audio to listen to as you view the dinosaurs. You can play it on your phone or car stereo.

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This event is a drive-thru only event and people are not allowed to get out of their cars. There will be porta-potties at the entrance and exit should you or your kids need to go to the bathroom.

Each ticket is good for one vehicle (passenger car, minivan, or pick-up truck) with up to 8 people inside. No large vehicles are allowed.

Tickets are sold per day by time window. Be sure to select the time window that works for your family.

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No tickets will be sold on-site, you can only buy tickets online in advance. Tickets cost between $49 – $69 per car depending on the time slot you choose.

You can also buy Adventure Packs to go along with your tickets. The adventure pack is $29 per person and includes these items or items like these items:

  • Dinosaur Adventure backpack
  • Dinosaur Adventure kids t-shirt (available in S, M, and L)
  • Bag of cotton candy
  • Dinosaur Adventure hatch egg
  • Dinosaur Aventure Dig with dig tools
  • Dinosaur Adventure toy
  • Dinosaur Adventure coloring kit

Buy your tickets here

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What do you need to know before you go to Dinosaur Adventure?

Reviewers mentioned that you should be prepared to wait in long lines with up to a 3 hour wait time. They suggested bringing movies, books, games, drinks, and snacks for the wait. If you have a potty training child, you may want to bring a portable potty too though there will be at least one porta-potty on site.

Reviewers also suggested taking your kids out of their car seats once you were driving through the exhibit so they could see better.

If you still can’t get enough dinosaur in your life, try the Google AR feature that allows you to see a 3D dinosaur on your phone. It’s completely FREE!

To use this feature, go into Safari or your web browser on your phone, and search for one of the dinosaurs below:

  • Ankylosaurus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Dilophosaurus
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Pteranodon
  • Spinosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Velociraptor

Then click View in 3D and watch the dino in your space. Your camera will open and you’ll be able to see the dinosaur in your house or outside. We recommend doing it outside as the dinosaurs are often too big to fit in a room.

Here is a video we took of the dinosaurs at a playground in Roscoe.

Do you plan on attending Dinosaur Adventure this year?

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