Jurassic Tour brings lifelike dinosaurs to Provo, Salt Lake

The Jurassic Tour exhibits many different kinds of lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. The traveling exhibit makes a stop in Provo and Salt Lake City this weekend. (Ty Mullen)

The Jurassic Tour is visiting Provo and Salt Lake this weekend, exhibiting lifelike animatronic dinosaurs and hands-on attractions geared toward kids.

The indoor event is taking place at Utah Valley Convention Center and the Utah State Fairpark and runs till Sunday. Tickets, which can be purchased online or at the door, are $23 for guests over 12 and $28 for guests 2 to 12.

Eddie Berrocal brought his 8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter to the Provo event Friday night.

Eddie Berrocal’s 8-year-old son Gavin rides his favorite attraction, the T-rex, Friday night. (Ty Mullen)

“My son is really into dinosaurs, so he really wanted to come,” Berrocal said.

Berrocal said his daughter’s favorite attraction was the bounce houses, and his son’s favorite attraction was the rideable T-rex.

Leslie Cabezas, a volunteer for the Jurassic Tour in Provo, said she has fun running the rideable T-rex attraction.

Leslie Cabezas, volunteers for Jurassic Tour Friday night, running the rideable T-rex exhibit. (Ty Mullen)

“I mean, come on, it’s dinosaurs!” Cabezas said. “I’m a grandma; I love dinosaurs. You have to, to be a grandma.”

Cabezas said her favorite experience is “watching everybody’s face when they come in and see the T-rex.”

Other attractions include fossil digs, inflatable bounce houses, walking dinosaurs and virtual reality dinosaurs

Jurassic Tour Assistant Manager Trey Tanayn travels with the attraction around the country.

“It’s very family oriented. Kids love it,” Tanayn said. “We have a lot of great activities.”

Tanayn said he chose to work with this unique company for the travel experience and customer service.

Springville residents Gary and Ela Jensen brought their 8- and 4-year-old granddaughters to the Jurassic Tour in Provo Friday night after they heard about the event on TV.

“I personally am glad (dinosaurs) aren’t around anymore, because I’m a really slow runner,” Gary joked.

Ela said they weren’t too impressed with the event for the ticket price, but they both said their granddaughters enjoyed themselves.

“It’s kind of like a dinosaur carnival,” Gary said.

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