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Top 5 Tackiest Tourist Traps


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Dinosaur World
Imagine this beast in life-size form, and you have a pretty good idea what Dinosaur World is all about.
Imagine this beast in life-size form, and you have a pretty good idea what Dinosaur World is all about.
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What's better than a dinosaur-themed fun park? Three dinosaur-themed fun parks. If you're in Texas, Kentucky or Florida, you can pay a visit to Dinosaur World, where replicas of prehistoric creatures stand there for paying customers to look at. If you go expecting cool animatronics, you'll be disappointed. These dino-replicas are frozen in time and set along a wooded trail. If the thought of looking at dinosaur statues doesn't thrill you, you can always take part in the "fossil dig." The folks who run Dinosaur World plant various treats in a sandbox for kids to dig up. Sharks teeth, sea urchins and eight more real fossils are free for the taking for kids ages three to 12. Adults can "dig" for an extra two dollars.

The good news about Dinosaur World is that it's relatively inexpensive. Adult admission is $12.75, and kids under 12 pay only $9.75. You can celebrate your birthday if you want to host a party at Dinosaur World, but don't expect a catered meal with cake. There is no food at the park, but you can bring your own or have pizza delivered to the picnic area. And like all tourist traps, there is a gift shop. The park's Web site even advises that the T. Rex is the king of the gift shop, with more toys and souvenirs dedicated to the carnivore than any other dinosaur.


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