By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Dinosaur fans and enthusiasts of Williamson County are in luck, as Jurassic Quest, the single largest dinosaur event in the United States, has announced its plans to visit the Williamson County Ag Expo Park in Franklin on January 11.
Featuring countless dinosaur-themed rides, a dinosaur petting zoo, and more than 80 true-to-life-sized dinosaur replicas such as a spinosaurus and triceratops, this will be a must for any fans of the Jurassic period and its now-extinct creatures.
Throughout the event, guests will see life-sized replicas of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods, all accurately represented through the help of paleontologists across the country.
Guests looking to see more lively dinosaurs can visit Jurassic Quest’s Dinosaur World, where there’ll be interactive baby dinosaurs, which Jurassic Quest says might nibble on shirts in addition to posing for photos, and velociraptors freely walking around.
Rides will also be plentiful, including the new for this year 24-foot carnotaurus and tyrannosaurus rex rides, which Jurassic Quest claims to be the largest dinosaur rides in the United States.
Dozens of other dino-themed side activities will be at the event, including inflatable mazes and slides, the Dino Bungee Pull, as well as the aforementioned dinosaur petting zoo, where children can pet and pose for photos with the smaller and gentler dinosaurs of the event.
For the fossil enthusiasts, Jurassic Quest will give guests the chance to dig up fossils as a real life paleontologist would, or even check out the dinosaur museum to see actual dinosaur fossils, with some dating back to more than 60 million years.
The event is planned to last over a three-day period: first opening 1 from 3 – 8 p.m. on January 11, and from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on January 12 and 13.
Tickets are limited, and cost $22 for the standard pass, or $36 for the VIP pass. The standard pass grants access to all areas of the event, with the ability to purchase tickets for individual rides and activities. The VIP pass gives guests unlimited access to Dino Rides, Bounce houses, Fossil Digs and other attractions.
Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.