Things to do in Heraklion with Kids: Dinosauria Theme Park


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If you need a break from all the stunning beaches, refreshing swimming pools, and the unique archaeological sites of Crete, or if you’re wondering what are the things you can do in Heraklion with kids, you should know that there’s a theme park in Crete that might be what you’re looking for, Dinosauria Park! In this article, I will tell you all about our visit to this prehistoric experience!

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Dinosauria, an Interactive Theme Park in Crete


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One of the many activities that families can take advantage of, and that certainly our own family enjoyed on Crete was a visit to Dinosauria.

Dinosauria is an interactive theme park, not far from the capital of the island, where kids and adults can learn all about dinosaurs; it’s located in Gournes, just 15 km away from Heraklion.

Dinosaur skeleton, Heraklion, Dinosauria Park
Fossil Museum.

The theme park features a fantastic museum, great fossil replicas, and animatronics. Besides, each stage of your visit includes very exhaustive information boards. The park displays the creatures along a natural trail within an accurate recreation of their environment.

Among the many replicas, kids loved the T-rex, the velociraptor, and the triceratops. Other models include the oviraptor, the stegosaurus, the mosasaurs, and the mammoth, of course!

Kids playing in dinosaur theme park, Crete.
Let’s see what’s hiding behind the bushes.

Dinosaur General Hospital

Next, you can find the Dinosaur General Hospital, a section inside the park where well-prepared staff explains to kids differences about the species as well as show how life began for dinosaurs.

Children will enjoy the hi-tech labs for dino egg hatchery, as well as the special treatment being given to newly born creatures and injured ones too!

General Hospital.

Moreover, there are spaces specially devoted to creative activities, workshops, and a sandbox for kids to pretend they’re archaeologists discovering hidden bones and treasures.

Movie Theater

Diplomas in Archaeology!

A 5D cinema features themed films (an extra fee applies) which kids enjoy after a long walk through the past in the dinosaur garden.

Finally, at the end of the trail, a Dino Snack Bar will be waiting for parents to enjoy snacks and drinks while kids keep having fun in the playground.


A dinosaur gift shop has a variety of educational games at very convenient prices. Get your Archaeology Level One Diploma at the end of the tour and head to the CretAquarium, right after.

This wonderful marine environment is just around the corner. Or even pay a visit to the magnificent archaeological site of Knossos. Anything you choose will be a great way to end your fun and different day on the island.

Therefore, remember, the weather is very hot during the Summer months, don’t forget your hat and your water bottle wherever you might be going!

Dinosauria Theme Park
International Exhibition Center
Gournes, Heraklion, Crete (+30) 2810 332089

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Gabi Ancarola

I moved to Crete in 2016. During these years, I learned much about the island.
In Crete, I juggle being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours, and writing for several travel blogs.
I’ve written for Greek Reporter, published travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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