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Dinosaurs have landed in Tampa Bay — here's where you can visit

Dino-enthusiasts have two opportunities to enjoy life-size replicates of the extinct reptiles.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dino-lovers have two upcoming opportunities to check out life-size replicas of the prehistoric reptiles in the Tampa Bay area.

On its first voyage east of the Mississippi, Dinosaurs & Dragons will be invading New Port Richey from Dec. 9, 2022, to Feb. 6, 2023, at the Harry Schwettman Education Center near Downtown. 

According to a news release, the event is an "interactive and educational experience that consists of nearly 100 life-size dinosaurs, dragons, hands-on labs, shows, rides and more." 

Enthusiasts also have an opportunity to see rescued dinosaurs at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium starting Oct. 15. 

Per a news release, guests will get to walk through the CMA and encounter the dinosaurs, which move and roar, as they rehabilitate from various ailments today’s animals face – like habitat loss and entanglement.

“Each dinosaur will have a medical patient workup chart with their backstory on display,” said COO Lisa Oliver. “We hope that by applying these real-life challenges to the dinosaurs in a fun satirical fashion, it will bring to light the severity of these ailments which can lead to the very real extinction of an entire species.”

For more information about the event, visit here

Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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