DinoMania is an animatronic dinosaur experience at Bristol Zoo Gardens featuring 12 lifelike dinosaurs in a roar-some walk-through exhibit. Dino detectives can explore the trail, visit the ‘Dino Hub’ and take part in a fossil dig.
Experts from The Bristol Dinosaur Project are always at hand and there are plenty of interactive dino-themed activities to get involved with.
We love visiting Bristol Zoo and somehow managed to choose the most glorious of days last week to visit. The zoo is brilliant for the whole family, and DinoMania is a fab new addition – an experience definitely not to be missed this Summer!
We have been to Bristol Zoo a few times now as a family, and each time has been totally different. You may have seen our previous blog post review, following our first visit to the zoo when Jack was just 8-months old. Basically, it details everything you need to know about the zoo.
In this post, we will be focusing on the DinoMania summer exhibition which is open until 3rd September and included in the normal zoo admission price.
The DinoMania Trail
We couldn’t wait to discover the Dinosaurs and certainly wasn’t disappointed with our first encounter. We could hear the Dinosaur’s roars as we approached and suddenly came face-to-face with a Utahraptor!
The claws on Utahraptor’s hind feet were almost 30 cm long and used to slash at their prey. These dinosaurs may have been warm blooded, meaning they could hunt in the cool early morning, before other dinos were active.
Jack froze on the spot and looked totally stunned. Everyone seemed seriously impressed with Dino, and he was definitely a crowd favourite. The sounds, movements and detailing on all the dinosaurs are brilliant. Even their eyes seem to follow you as you move around.
We continued on the trail and into some beautiful gardens bursting with colour. One thing I do love about Bristol Zoo, is how beautiful the grounds are kept.
There waiting for us was the humongous Giganotososaurus in all his glory! He was certainly the king of Dad-Selfies that day.
Bigger than a T-Rex but smaller than Spinosaurus, this massive Giganotosaurus predator may have hunted in packs. Palaeontologists believe this enormous creature had a skull the size of a bathtub but operated with a brain about the size of a banana!
This three-horned dinosaur needed to be well protected – it was on the menu for the T-Rex! Its defence was its horns and thick skull that it could use for charging at its enemies, a bit like a rhinoceros.
Look at those huge teeth! At 30 cm long, T-Rex’s teeth were about the size of a garlic bread baguette. Not everything was super-sized though; T-Rex’s arms were just 1 m long, the same as a human’s. Do you think you could beat one in an arm wrestle?
So not to spoil all of the fun, I shall leave the remainder of the dinosaurs for you to find on the trail, but you have to admit, these here are pretty awesome!
The exhibition gives you a great opportunity to see just how incredible these fearsome beasts are likely to have been and an insight into what the earth might have been like all those years ago.
The Dino Hub
As well as the fantastic trail to explore, there is also the Dino Hub to enjoy. There are plenty of interactive dino-themed activities to challenge your little ones, including the Dino Dinner Dash, Evolution challenge, Fossil dig and many more. It made my day that Jack was keen to get involved in all the activities.
Why Do We Love Bristol Zoo?
I have been to a fair few zoos and by far, Bristol Zoo stands out by a mile! Its a very family friendly day out and one we always enjoy.
The zoo is very well maintained, has plenty of beautiful open spaces and gardens, and most importantly, well-loved and happy animals. Furthermore, there are a handful of playground areas, plenty of seating and picnic areas, and numerous baby change facilities.
Experience days, daily animal talks and feeds, conservation projects and other events such as their Twilight Fridays, guarantee that there is something for everyone to enjoy at Bristol Zoo.
We thoroughly recommend you visit this summer for a fun family day out. Most of all, be sure to experience the DinoMania exhibition before it closes in September, it’s fantastic.
*We was gifted with free admission to the zoo in exchange for our honest review. All opinions and photos are our own.