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Location and Overview

Dinosaur State Park, located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is a state-operated facility that preserves one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. This historic park offers an exhibit center with life-sized dinosaur models and interactive displays. Its grounds include a picnic shelter area, which visitors can use as a base for enjoying a day's outing amid nature and prehistoric intrigue.

Picnic Shelter Amenities

The picnic shelter provides basic amenities for visitors looking to enjoy a meal or gather socially during their visit. Amenities typically include:

  • Covered seating areas: Protection from sun and light rain.
  • Picnic tables: For eating and seating.
  • Grills: Available for barbequing, but users might need to bring their charcoal or wood.
  • Trash receptacles: For disposing of garbage, although a carry in-carry out policy might be encouraged or enforced.

Reservation and Usage

Depending on the park's policies, the Dinosaur State Park Picnic Shelter may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or it might require a reservation, especially during peak seasons or for larger groups. It's recommended to:

  • Check availability: Contact the park's administration ahead of your visit.
  • Reserve in advance: If needed, reserve the shelter to secure a spot.
  • Follow park rules: Observe all park regulations related to shelter usage.

Activities in the Area

Besides enjoying a picnic, visitors to Dinosaur State Park can engage in several activities:

  • Exhibit Center: View the displays of dinosaur tracks and educational materials.
  • Guided Tours: Join a park ranger for tours when available.
  • Hiking Trails: Explore the park's trails that meander through wooded areas and across streams.
  • Track Casting: At certain times of the year, visitors can make plaster casts of dinosaur tracks (bring own materials).

Important Considerations

  • Weather: Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately; the picnic area is outdoors.
  • Wildlife: As with any natural area, be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to avoid attracting animals with food or garbage.
  • Pets: Inquire about the park's pet policy before bringing any animals with you.
  • Accessibility: Check if the facilities meet your accessibility requirements.
  • Fees and Permits: There may be fees for park entry or shelter reservation, as well as regulations regarding large groups or events.

Contact Information and Hours

For the most current information on the Dinosaur State Park Picnic Shelter:

  • Address: Dinosaur State Park, 400 West St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
  • Phone: Verify the park's contact number to inquire about up-to-date hours and policies.
  • Hours: Park hours can vary by season, so confirm the opening and closing times before planning your visit.

Final Reminders

When visiting the Dinosaur State Park Picnic Shelter, always leave the area better than you found it by cleaning up after yourself and respecting the park's natural resources. Additionally, make the most of your visit by exploring the wealth of educational content regarding the prehistoric past of the region.

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