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Dinosaurs And Dragons Invade New Port Richey; New Exhibit Opens

By D'Ann Lawrence White, Patch Staff

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a T-rex or triceratops, or check out the wingspan on a dragon, look no further than the Dinos & Dragons exhibit in New Port Richey.

Nearly 100 life-size dinosaurs, along with a few dragons, are taking over New Port Richey and the field at the Harry Schwettman Education Center near downtown in an exhibit that's been 65 million years in the making.

With animatronic creatures that stand three stories tall and 60 feet long, Dinos & Dragons is an international traveling exhibit that has never been seen east of Mississippi before coming to the Museum of Archeology, Paleontology and Science (MAPs), a nonprofit natural history museum in New Port Richey.

Dino & Dragons is an interactive and educational experience that includes hands-on labs, shows, and rides. Visitors will walk through the Dinosaur Land and Mystical World to experience what the earth was like 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs roamed, and maybe even pet a few of the less ferocious creatures.

Dino & Dragons is now open and will continue through Feb. 26.

The exhibit is at the Schwettman Education Center, 5520 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and more information about the event, visit

Originally Published Dec 13, 2022 via Patch

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