What dinosaurs can I see at Jurassic Quest at the Ohio Expo Center?

Earlier this week, dozens of tractor-trailers arrived at the Ohio Expo Center carrying interesting — and in a few cases, terrifying — cargo.

That’s how you get more than 100 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs from one place to the next for each new Jurassic Quest exhibition.

Whoever opens the backdoor to the truck holding the megalodon — a shark-like creature and one of the biggest animals to ever live — just better be prepared for what’s inside.

“The megalodon is 50 feet long and he gets his own truck to himself,” said Nicole Wood, with a chuckle.

Visitors can ride on different types of dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest.

“Some of the dinosaurs need a little bit of assembly, because they’re taller than the trucks,” continued Wood, senior creative director for Jurassic Quest, a Texas-based company that puts on dinosaur shows across the country.

“We’ve worked really hard with paleontologists that we have dinosaurs that look accurate and we represent what size they would have been in real life.”

That includes species ranging from those that barely reach a human’s knees to the Spinosaurus, who dwarfs the popular Tyrannosaurus rex, often heralded as king of the dinosaurs.

All these dinosaurs — plus chances to dig for fossils, ride on top of a dinosaur and learn how to train a Utahraptor — will take over roughly 100,000 square feet of the Breaker Building at the fairgrounds, with ticketed time slots running from 9 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday and 9 am to 6 pm Sunday.

Jurassic Quest boasts more than 100 animatronic dinosaurs that lived both on land and in the sea during the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods.

A drive-thru version of the exhibit came to town last summer, but this one allows guests to get up close and personal with the impressive creatures.

Fans of prehistoric times will have an opportunity to walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods and see the creatures who lived during each era.

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