Through Sept. 4, guests at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island can wander into prehistory to find five species of life-sized dinosaurs along the winding paths of the aquarium’s Nature Trail. They move, they roar, and they’re ready to meet you:


Scientists think that hollow nasal passages running through its elongated, bony head crest allowed Parasaurolophus to use its headpiece like a trumpet, creating loud, resonating calls.


Its enormous skull could reach 10 feet in length and was adorned with three sharp horns, a bony neck frill, and a parrot-like beak.


The two rows of triangular plates lining Stegosaurus’ back is believed to have help ed Stegosaurus regulate its body temperature, similar to a rabbit’s large ears.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Growing to almost the length of a school bus and standing 15 feet tall, Tyrannosaurus Rex, or T. Rex for short, was one of the largest carnivores to ever walk the Earth. T. Rex’s massive skull weighed around 600 pounds and housed more than 50 banana-sized conical teeth, which evidence suggests were shed periodically throughout its lifetime.


Rows of flat, bony plates and formidable spikes covered its stocky body and head like a suit of armor. Behind it swung a tail bearing a large “club” of bone, which was likely used as a defense against hungry predators.

Want to visit?

The NC Aquarium is at 374 Airport Road, Manteo. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 ages 62 and older and military with ID, $8.95 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger and NC Aquarium Society members. Call (252) 475-2300 or visit

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