A Day of Dinosaurs, Philadelphia

After the biggest and best breakfast I’ve had in ages, I bid goodbye to my new friends at the Bond House and set out for a little culture.

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By culture, I want to be clear. I mean dinosaurs. I went to the museum purely for the dinosaurs.

I’m getting ahead of myself though. Let’s start at the beginning.

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The Academy of Natural Sciences was founded in 1812 and is the leading natural history museum for research, engagement and education for biodiversity and environmental science.

A very jargony way of saying, the museum is full of interesting animals and wildlife from around the world. Each exhibit is designed to engage visitors (it’s the last thing from dull), there are live animal shows and, my favorite, dinosaurs!

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I heard about the dinosaur exhibit and decided to stop by. Little did I expect to be completely sucked into the culture of the place.

Wandering from exhibit to exhibit, I looked down at my watch and realized I had been there for over an hour and still hadn’t seen the dinosaurs yet!

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After a quick walk through the butterfly house (am I the only one who doesn’t love butterfly houses? They’re hot, sticky, I’m always afraid I’ll step on one then be arrested by the butterfly police and I never manage to not flinch when they fly by me), it was finally time.

Dino time.

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My best friend growing up positively loved dinosaurs. We watched Jurassic Park more times than I can count. Played dinosaur pretend. Had dinosaur video game showdowns.

As we got older and grew apart, I couldn’t quite shake the Ross  Geller-like interest that seemed to be stuck with me.

You can then understand how excited I then was for this interactive exhibit. There were fossils, facts and animatronic dinosaurs that were motion sensitive. You’d walk by and they would start moving and roaring at you.

It. Was. Awesome.

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You exit by working up the courage to walk past this fantastic beast who pops out of the trees a-la Jurassic Park and leave the roars and the scares behind to travel back to the land of the living.

Well, kind of.

You know what I mean!

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The interactive dinosaur exhibit was a special attractions for the moment. They do, however, have a permanent dinosaur room.

Two dinosaur exhibits in one museum. Yes. This is Heaven.

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After a friendly pat on the leg (okay, that didn’t happen. It’s off limits to touch the exhibits . . . and I couldn’t reach) I left with a giddy smile and a head full of facts into the bright sunshine and a pretty great view.

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There are so many great details to Philadelphia. It’s a complete walking city and if you’re really letting yourself down if you don’t take advantage of that.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is in the perfect location for you to take a nice long walk in the sun after hours inside or for you to walk a little further and continue on your museum education.

Which is exactly what I did.

More tomorrow.

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