7 Places to See Dinosaurs Near Greenville, SC

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Do you want to take the family somewhere to see dinosaurs? We have a list of all the places to see dinosaurs near Greenville, SC. Our list includes some fabulous places to learn about dinosaurs in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All of them make a great dinosaur day trip from Upstate, SC.

This article includes:
Where to See Dinosaurs in Greenville, SC
Places to See Dinosaurs in South Carolina
Places to See Dinosaurs in North Carolina
Where to See Dinosaurs in Georgia
Dinosaur Traveling Exhibits

I don’t know if it was the Jurassic Park movies or what that kicked off my fascination with dinosaurs but I definitely enjoy learning about them (and watching all the Jurassic Park films). Did I mention my kids love them, too? They do! Luckily for all of us, and you if your family also enjoys the giant animals, there are plenty of places to see them in and near the Upstate.

See Dinosaurs in Greenville, SC

Roper Mountain Science Center

RMSC has an actual dinosaur trail that visitors can stroll through and see dinosaurs on either side of them. There are plaques that talk about each one so it’s easy to turn it into an educational and fun adventure. They’ve added two more dinosaurs in 2022.

Hours: Public hours are 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday through August 6, 2022 for Summer Adventure
Admission: $12/ages 13+, $10/ages 3-12, ages 2 and under are free and it is free for members
Distance from Greenville: 0 minutes
Address: 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville

Upcountry History Museum

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice is an interactive dinosaur exhibit that is currently on display and will be at the museum through January 2023.

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Admission: $10/adults and $8/ages 4-12. Kids ages 3 and under are free
Distance from Greenville: 0 minutes
Address: 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville

See Dinosaurs in South Carolina

Bob Campbell Geology Museum

This small museum on the campus of Clemson University has dinosaur fossils and bones for visitors to check out. It’s a great little add-on for a day trip in the area.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. They are closed on the official Clemson holidays.
Admission: Free
Distance from Greenville: 45 minutes
Address: 140 Discovery Lane, Clemson 

SC State Museum

History buffs will love seeing 70 million-year-old dinosaur bones plus enjoy enormous dinosaur replicas throughout the natural history part of the museum.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm
Admission: $8.95/adults, $6.95/ages 3-12; free for homeschooling families
Distance from Greenville: 1.5 hours
Address: 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC

See Dinosaurs in North Carolina

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

This huge museum has an extensive dinosaur exhibit that is a lot of fun to walk through. Kids of all ages will love it. Plus, there is a planetarium, outdoor farm and Catawba Village, and a huge array of other exhibits.

Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm
Admission: $7/adults, $6/ages 4-18, under 3 is free; free if you have a Roper Mountain Science Center membership (p
Distance from Greenville: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Address: 1500 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, NC

Greensboro Science Center

Go play at the Kiwanisaurus Treehouse Adventure that has four treehouses and four crows nests. Life-size dinosaur replicas are throughout the area for guests to get up close to. Then, immerse yourselves in the prehistoric world at the Prehistoric Passages: Realm of Dragons exhibit which utilizes technology to let you feel like you’re standing beside real dinosaurs. Learn about fossils, the Jurassic stage, see life-size replicas, skeletons, and lots more.

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Admission: $19.50/ages 14-64, $17.50/ages 3-13; free for members (Note that Greensboro Science Center is a member of both the AZA and ASTC which means if you have local memberships to the Greenville Zoo OR The Roper Mountain Science Center you may receive a discount or free admission depending on your membership and current membership reciprocity policies in place.)
Distance from Greenville: 3 hours
Address: 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC

Catawba Science Center

Dinosaurs should be on display at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC starting in August 2022. This exhibit will be back after last being seen at the center in 2015. We’ll update the post when the dinosaurs arrive!

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm. 
Admission: $10/adults and $8/ages 3 and up. If you have a Roper Mountain Science Center membership, admission is free. 
Distance from Greenville: 2 hours
Address: 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC

See Dinosaurs in Tennessee

Backyard Terror Dino Park

This is a totally free park (they do accept donations) that currently has more than 50 prehistoric creatures on the property that you can walk around and see. They also have a fossil pit, a small gift shop, and accept school groups. They also offer birthday parties.

Hours: Daily from 9 am – 9 pm
Admission: Free but donations accepted
Distance from Greenville: 2.5 hours
Address: 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN

Dinosaur Traveling Exhibits

Jurassic Quest

This is a traveling exhibit that usually comes to the Upstate and other places in our region like Atlanta or Charlotte at least once a year. Check out their website or Facebook page for an updated schedule.

Admission: Depends on the venue but expect to pay at least $26/ticket

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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