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Posted on November 15, 2021

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Capt. Caleb of Jurassic Quest poses with an animatronic dinosaur. More than 100 of the life-sized creatures will invade Raleigh beginning Friday as part of a weekend event.

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Capt. Caleb of Jurassic Quest poses with an animatronic dinosaur. More than 100 of the life-sized creatures will invade Raleigh beginning Friday as part of a weekend event.

RALEIGH — The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is back, bigger and better than ever, according to event organizers.

More than 100 photo-realistic dinosaurs are ready to greet Raleigh-area families when Jurassic Quest heads to the Raleigh Convention Center this weekend.

Jurassic Quest is one of the first indoor family edutainment shows to relaunch since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will come with unique experiences for the whole family, including more than 100 lifelike dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “TriceraTots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions — socks required — and photo opportunities.

Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land and take a deep dive into the Ancient Oceans exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed — a moving life-size 50-foot-long megalodon.

Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops. Attendees may even catch one of the star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty.

At Jurassic Quest, a herd of animatronic dinos from the largest predators to playful baby dinos are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how scientists understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved.

Tickets start at $19 at www.jurassicquest.com or on-site, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Contact the venue in advance to make arrangements for wheelchair use.

General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site for $5 each, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket, the best value for children ages 2-12.

Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost. Entry is free for children under 2.

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