Our Jurassic Quest Adventure in Dallas

Austin and Julie Wells
Austin and Julie Wells get ready to go an adventure 65 million years in the making with Jurassic Quest at Fair Park.

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 2, 2020) Sometimes, being married to the editor of Blue Ribbon News is a whole lot of fun. Last weekend, my husband Austin was invited to a special media preview of Jurassic Quest — a drive thru dinosaur experience touring the United States. I knew I couldn’t miss out on the chance to to tag along and write about it on my blog! So, we hopped in the car and arrived at Fair Park ready to relive one of our favorite movies in real time.

What to Expect at Jurassic Quest in 2020

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Raptors prowl the parking lot at Jurassic Quest at Fair Park.

Normally the Jurassic Quest exhibition is set up indoors, like a museum. It features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that nibble on leaves or roar at passersby. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the Jurassic Quest team had to get a little extra creative this year. And thus, the drive thru museum experience was born!

While I’m sure getting closer to the dinos has its own appeal, I actually enjoyed the fact that we were riding through the exhibits in our car like Jeff Goldblum and his comrades.

What really ties the experience together is the audio tour available online narrated by the Jurassic Quest team. Since the guides can’t physically sit beside you in the car to share interesting facts about each dino, I think providing a pre-recorded audio tour was a really creative solution. It’s packed full of fascinating information (which is a total bonus learning experience if you’re bringing kids) and it also includes a funny anecdote about a pack of escaped T-Rexes that builds excitement as you travel to the end of the exhibits.

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When we visited, we were able to drive through at a nice slow pace that allowed us to spend some time taking pictures and videos of the dinosaurs and actually listen to all of the audio tour. We did try to be mindful of the other cars behind us and keep moving, so the whole ride through Jurassic Quest lasted about 30-40 minutes.

Social Safety Solutions

Since so many of the summer experiences we all normally enjoy are limited or canceled this year due to COVID-19, it was refreshing to do something fun without having to worry about any germs. Guests are required to stay inside their vehicles at all times and may not jump out to take pictures or touch the dinosaurs.

This ensures that you never have any contact with fellow guests or staff throughout the ride, and it means you get to enjoy an “outdoor” activity from the comfort of your air-conditioned car. When you exit the drive thru museum, the Jurassic Quest staff will take a picture of the whole family in your car with some dinos for free. You’ll receive the link to your photo and can share it on social media.

How to Visit Jurassic Quest in Dallas

If you want to live out your Jurassic Park dreams this summer too, grab your tickets ASAP. Jurassic Quest is only visiting Fair Park until July 12, 2020. The cost is $50 per vehicle. You can purchase tickets here and find the free audio tour here.

On the Blog

As a former local journalist myself, I love to chronicle unique local events or spotlight small businesses on my personal blog, Live Love Local. You can find my Jurassic Quest article here.

By Julie Anne Wells.

Julie Anne Wells of Live Love Local
Julie cultivated a love for writing, photography, and all things local during her years as a journalist at Blue Ribbon News. After she went on to pursue a career in marketing, she began her own passion project: a blog called Live Love Local. She shares places to love and spotlights small businesses from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond, and she loves opportunities to get back to her roots and write about Rockwall again too. Julie is married to our editor Austin Wells, and they met while working together at our office. Follow along with their adventures in DFW @livelovelocalblog on Instagram.

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