WHAT TO DO IN HERAKLION WITH KIDS? Are you in need for a break from stunning beaches, refreshing pools, and archaeological sites? There’s a theme park in Crete that might be what you’re looking for: Dinosauria!
One of the many activities our family enjoyed on the island was a visit to Dinosauria. Dinosauria is an interactive theme park where you can learn all about dinosaurs; it’s in Gournes, just 15 km away from Heraklion.
DINOSAURIA, INTERACTIVE THEME PARK
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 mammoth, of course!
DINOSAUR GENERAL HOSPITAL
Next, you can find the Dinosaur General Hospital, a section inside the park were well-prepared staff explain 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!
Moreover, there are spaces specially devoted for creative activities, workshops and a sandbox for kids to pretend they’re archaeologists discovering hidden bones and treasures.
LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES!
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 head to the CretaAquarium, 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!
How to reach Dinosauria
Dinosauria, International Exhibition Center
Gournes, Heraklion, Crete
(0030) 2810 332089