This article is part of a four-part series – the dinosaurs are on vacation in their own backyard! Read the other articles in this series: Dino’s Guide to Free Spirit Adventures, Dino’s Guide to Popular Attractions, and Dino’s Guide to Local Food & Things To Do.
So, you’ve been to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. What next? You’re not the only one wondering. A ton of dinosaurs have just escaped from the museum! They’ve mostly scattered around town to explore, but four dino pals have stuck around to go check it all out with you. They’ve been cooped up inside for a long time, and they’re excited to see all the amazing things around Drumheller. Our Dino is always busy taking care of his kids, and he wants to have some fun too, so he’s going to go look for some family-friendly activities!
Start Off Your Day
It can be hard to keep the kids entertained and make a dayplan at the same time. Dino has a solution. Right behind the museum lies the multi-story Cenovus Palaeo Play Park. There’s even an area where kids can dig up replicas of dinosaur bones in the sand! Not to mention, plenty of shade.
Attractions Around Town
Visible from everywhere in town is the World’s Largest Dinosaur. There’s 25 metres of tall and 106 steps to this Tyrannosaurus Rex! It’s affordable too, with kids 5 and under getting in for free and a special family rate.
Right across from Bernie and the Boys Bistro, you’ll find the Little Explorers Playground. If you’re looking for something more dino-themed, the Dinosaur Trail Playground is right next to the Fossil World Discovery Center, a fun and interactive learning environment for everyone, complete with a play area and places to dig up fossils. There are over 1000 real fossils and 10 animatronic dinosaurs on display! The star of the show is the T-Rex, and it’s the closest you’ll get to a real one.
Dino wants to walk around downtown and do some window shopping, but his kids find that boring. Luckily, there are a ton of dinosaurs scattered around town, so he’s going to bring them to try to find them all! They can stop in stores and restaurants along the way.
I know what you’re thinking. You just drove to get here! No. Trust Dino. Dino knows best. His kids are tuckered out now, so it’s the perfect time to go for a scenic drive. He’s a great dad, but he can’t drive a car, so he’ll leave the choice up to you.
If you head north, follow South Dinosaur Trail for a beautiful view of the Badlands along the Red Deer River. Turn off onto Highway 837 heading north until you get to North Dinosaur Trail (Highway 838). The Badlands didn’t always have bridges. Here, you’ll get a taste of what it used to be like and take the short (free!) Bleriot Ferry across the river. Follow the North Dinosaur Trail for another scenic view back into town. You’ll pass by Horsethief Canyon shortly after the ferry, which is an absolutely amazing hike.
Take in a show at Rosebud Theatre in the quaint hamlet of Rosebud. Prior to the show, browse the gift shops around Rosebud, then enjoy a delicious buffet meal and a world-class performance. Their line-up of family-friendly performances and the fact that they have matinée and early evening options for most shows make Rosebud Theatre an excellent outing with kids. Did we mention that most tickets include a buffet meal?
On your way back into Drumheller, stop by Horseshoe Canyon. Amazing views and a family hike is a great way to cap off a fun day exploring Drumheller with your kids.