Dinosaur State Park is a state park in the town of Easton, Connecticut. The park preserves paleontology-related facilities and displays from the Fairfield Museum of Natural History, including an outdoor fossil trackway. It is located at 184 Old Colony Road (connecticut) easton, CT 06401. In addition to its dinosaur tracks, exhibits include skeletons of blue whales; mastodons, bison, horses, camels, and rhinoceroses; turtle shells dating back 300 million years; and a meteorite that felled trees 500 miles away nearly 13,000 years ago.
A small pond near the entrance offers anglers a chance to catch bass, perch, crappie, and pickerel. Fossil collection and excavation are permitted on the grounds, with special permits available for professional researchers. The adjacent Peabody Museum features natural history exhibits. There is also a campground with tent and trailer sites, as well as picnic areas with grills and access to drinking water. Toilets and showers are provided seasonally. Year-round parking is available but limited, so those arriving in their vehicles must have a permit issued by the park office.
The park’s visitor center includes a research lab where visitors can study mounted animals, learn about geology, and ask questions of scientists. During warmer months, there are daily naturalist programs offered. Programs vary depending on the time of year, but may include crafts, storytelling, and other activities. Occasionally guest presenters appear who share their knowledge and passion for the natural world.