Advertisements for Moab Giants are plastered all over the town of Moab. It’s an all out advertising war between the two rivals Moab Giants and Hole in the Rock, as if Arches National Monument is just a sideshow. Moab Giants can be seen from the main drive along the highway and looks compelling enough with giant dinosaurs roaming the plains. Knowing our kids – all kids – are fascinated by dinosaurs, we thought it would be worth a stop.
► Ranking: #stinkydiaper
112 UT-313, Moab, UT 84532
Phone: (435) 355-0288
Hours: 10a – 6p
Cost: $70 Family Pass
Wrong, wrong, wrong. This place is a dud mostly just because of the exorbitant cost. In reality, it’s not half bad as a side excursion for no more than an hour or two, but the admission fee borders on robbery and taints any goodwill.
The list of sort-of attractions at Moab Giants include:
Dig it Out Site
Gift Shop | Giants Cafe | Paleo Camp
Though the list of attractions seems rather lengthy, the reality is they are pretty slim offerings. Obviously the gift shop and the giants cafe aren’t even really attractions, so that’s pretty cheap to include them in the contents, while I’m pretty sure Paleo Camp is just the name of the site itself.
Dinosaur Train | Dig it Out Site | Dino Playground
The Dinosaur Trail, Dig it Out Sites, and Dino Playground are all part of the same attraction at Moab Giants. The Dino Playground feeds into the Dinosaur Trail and it’s a pint size bit of fun with lots of things to climb on, plus a huge round swing made of netting that my three kids loved swinging on all together.
The Dinosaur Trail was partially flooded on our visit, so thankfully we did get $20 knocked off the price. This is definitely the coolest part of the the entire park. There are full size replicas of dinosaurs roaming the grasslands, the same ones you see from the highway, but tons more including full size long necks, a T Rex, and lots of other little goblins. Each dinosaur has a marker to learn what it ate, how it behaved, and other fun facts. Midway through the trail you’ll find the Dino Dig It Out site, in the blazing hot sun. It looked fun, but it was also flooded during our visit.
The tracks museum was dreadful. Every dinosaur replica in this indoor exhibit has fur, which apparently is a new thing since about 2014. Throughout the museum a round, spherical, scary little ball pops up around every turn with 3 wisps of hair sticking out of its head to share obnoxious dinosaur facts. There is a giant movie projector you can crank a wheel for absolutely no reason whatsoever, and that’s just the highlights.
The 3D Theater is nothing to write home about. It’s a popular science theory film about how the galaxy came to be. It has nothing to do with dinosaurs, at all.
The 5D Plaeoaquarium was the only other semi decent thing here. With a very awkward tour guide that doesn’t like to be interrupted with basic and logical questions, you’ll walk through this aquarium filled with ancient sea creatures that supposedly morphed into the dinosaurs whose fossils were found here. The visuals are really cool and the 5D images look real. That aspect was really intriguing, but then towards the end it starts getting weird. They have a mermaid type female in a test tube, and she starts banging on the glass to get out. When my kids asked why she was in there, and obviously scared, the tour guide answered that she wasn’t finished growing. After that, we went into a room where we were warned for 5 minutes about how scary the next 30 seconds was going to get. Apparently a Megladon was going to try and eat us, but we need not worry, because the guide would yell out, “It’s coming” before the glass broke and we were misted with water. It was truly awful.
► For Kids: If your kids love dinosaurs, they can easily spend 2 hours at Moab Giants walking the path and playing on the playground. It offers historical and biological facts about the Earth and the Dinosaurs who lived in Utah specifically. When it comes to value, you’d get more for your money watching Dinosaur Train for free.
There is also a Paleo Cafe. The food looked decent, but we’d wasted enough money here already.
For a museum that boasts to be the only museum in the world dedicated solely to Dinosaurs, they sure have a lot of attractions that aren’t about the Dinosaurs. Have you visited this little dingy? What did you think? Or maybe Hole in the Rock? Which one did you prefer? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments!