Located in northeastern Michigan and surrounded by some of the most beautiful lakes the state has to offer, there is a Dinosaur Garden that truly takes you out of this world. Amidst the vibrant green ferns and towering trees, there are dozens of life-sized dinosaurs. This park gives you a glimpse of what it might have looked like when they roamed the earth. 

You can either walk around with just your group to take photos with the vibrant creatures or you can sign up for a guided tour that will give you detailed histories of the statues and information about the real dinosaurs they were based on.

The Brontosaurus has stairs leading up into the statue, so you can even step right into the belly of the beast. 

You can also get a sprawling bird's eye view of the lush park by going into the nest of one of the flying dinosaurs. 

There's even an action-packed mini-golf game with dinos. A river runs through the course and sets the scene for a wonderful day in the idyllic woods. 

Once you're done with mini-golf, you can head to the frozen yogurt shop to cool off. 

There's a huge toppings buffet at the shop so you can completely customize your chilled treat.

While you're up north, you could visit the teal waters of Torch Lake or hike to Chapel Rock

Most of these dinosaurs were created by one man between the '30s and the '60s. There was a lot of trial and error when creating these statues because they had to be durable enough to sit outside.

The owner and a local chemist eventually came up with a secret formula that was basically plastic-y cement that let them create long-lasting creatures. 

They even have some props from Jurassic Park that will take you right into the action. 

You can't go wrong with a summer day trip here!

Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke

Price: There are several packages that you can choose from depending on which activities interest you. The self-guided walking tour is $10 and the guided tour costs $12. If you would like to combine a guided tour with mini-golf, it will cost you $16. 

Address: 11160 U.S.23, Ossineke, MI

Why You Need To Go: If you want to get some of the best Insta pics this summer, you can't do much better than posing with the dinos.


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