Orlando roars with dinosaur takeover

March 19, 2017 by  

The botanical oasis of Leu Gardens is currently overrun with dinosaurs, and will remain that way until the end of April.

People visiting the 50-acre botanical garden and historic home outside Orlando may expect a sea of colors, scents, amazing tranquility. For the next month and a half, though, a trip will include all of this and the opportunity to mingle with prehistoric reptiles.

The Dinosaur Invasion includes creatures as small as 14 inches and as large as 33 feet. Admission to the garden during the event includes a free guide, a bone dig, and the chance to view a tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, and many more dinosaurs.

The carefully crafted examples are the work of fossil expert Guy Darrough, whose sculptures are displayed across the United States and are now available for Orlando residents and visitors to enjoy. The event is proving to be so popular that other Orlando businesses may want to consider some prehistoric promotions of their own.

Leu Gardens and the Leu House Museum were gifted to the City of Orlando by the owners in 1961. Harry P. and Mary Jane Leu purchased the home in 1936 and filled the gardens with plants and seeds they collected during their international travels. The gardens include camphor trees, philodendrons, and many other temperate and tropical plants.

Daytime admission to the gardens includes a tour of the museum house. The cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children and free for children under 4. The garden is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas, and more information is available on the website.

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