T-Rex and Bison in One Family Road Trip

One road trip, two wild, drive-thru experiences without leaving your car

“Get in the car! We’re going to see T-Rexes!” And with those nine words, you become Parent of the Decade.

The Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru is coming to the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup in October, and that alone is an experience worthy of a road trip. With 80 life-sized dinosaurs (including a 40-foot animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex and 30-foot Brachiosaurus) inhabiting a transformed fairground, it’s the perfect combination of thrilling and educational.

Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru

Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Schedule your visit and buy your tickets in advance here (no tickets are sold on-site). It’s only here for a limited time: Oct. 15 – 18; Oct. 22 – 25; Oct. 29 – Nov. 1

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Afterward, for dinner, families love the casual-but-cool vibe at Trackside Pizza, where the pies are top-notch and trains pass right by the restaurant, delighting the young ones. Or Crockett’s Public House, just across the street, is a local favorite with a surprisingly deep wine list for a casual/cool restaurant, and has been featured by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Crockett's Public House in Puyallup

Crockett's Public House in Puyallup.

Then stay overnight at a Puyallup hotel just a few minutes’ drive from the Fairground and the dinosaurs.

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Fairfield Inn and Suites Puyallup

Fairfield Inn & Suites Puyallup

Before heading out to the next big stop on the road trip, grab a full breakfast at Meridian Café or a cup of locally roasted Dillanos coffee and a bite to go at Anthem Coffee.

With the prehistoric and animatronic part of your trip done, you can focus on the living, breathing, snorting part: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. For the first time in the famed park’s history, you can use your own vehicle on a drive through the Free-Roaming area as part of their Wild Drive.

Wild Drive Experience at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

The Wild Drive experience at Northwest Trek allows you to take your own vehicle into the Free-Roaming Area

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Want to take it up a level and leave the driving to the pros? Get up close and personal with a moose? Stare down a bison? Then hop in a specially outfitted Jeep with one of the park’s keepers for a Keeper Adventure Tour (now with extra safety precautions). Get off the tram tour roads of the Free-Roaming Area and bring your family on a 90-minute animal adventure they’ll never forget. (Sound like any 1993 Steven Spielberg movies yet?)

Keeper Adventure Tour at Northwest Trek

Keeper Adventure Tours get you off road, into the hidden corners of the Free-Roaming Area at Northwest Trek