You may expect to see creatures like bears and beavers roaming about in Ontario, but it turns out the province is also home to something much larger. You can visit a reptile zoo filled with snakes, crocodiles, and massive moving dinosaurs that will make you feel as though you're in Jurassic Park. Ontario's Indian River Reptile Zoo will transport you to prehistoric times, and you don't even need a time machine.
Hop in your jeeps and speed off to this reptilian park. Located just outside of Peterborough, the Indian River Reptile Zoo is a hidden gem full of prehistoric wonder.
The non-for profit charity focuses on reptile conservation, and you can see over 400 creatures including boas, pythons, crocodiles, tortoises, and even dinosaurs.
The massive Dino Park features life-sized replicas all sorts of dinosaurs, and they even move.
You can wander through a field filled with over 60 massive dinos that roar and stir as you pass by.
To further your Jurassic Park dreams, you can channel your inner Alan Grant and dig for real dinosaur remains in the boneyard.
Daredevils can experience the Croc Walk, which takes you on a bridge over six ponds filled with alligators and crocodiles.
You can take the day to new heights by riding on the massive 30-foot crocodile slide.
The zoo often hosts special events, such as Crocs After Dark where you can watch live crocodile feedings.
The 44 acres of surrounding land offer lush hiking trails through an ancient gravel ridge formed by glaciers.
The zoo is usually open from May to the end of September, however, make sure to check their website for hours before heading out. Admission is $20 per adult plus tax.
Get ready for your own Jurassic adventure at this dinosaur park.
Indian River Reptile Zoo
Price: $20 + tax per adult
When: May 1 - September 29
Address: 2206 Hwy #7 County Rd 38, Asphodel-Norwood, ON
Why You Need To Go: See massive dinosaur replicas and dig for bones at this prehistoric spot.
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