NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (CIRCA) - America would look a lot different if the Union had lost the Civil War not to the Confederates, but to dinosaurs. That’s exactly what Dinosaur Kingdom II is all about.
Dinosaur Kingdom II, built in 2016, tells the story of the Union Army trying to use dinosaurs as weapons of mass destruction to defeat the South. Unfortunately for them, it does not quite go as planned.
Dinosaur Kingdom in Natural Bridge, VA burned down years ago but they rebuilt and reopened! They're closed for the season but we ran into the man that built it (as well as Foamhenge) and he let us wander through and take photos. This is the greatest day. #dinosaurkingdom2 #foamhenge #naturalbridge #civilwar
The park, located near Natural Bridge, Virginia, is the brainchild of artist Mark Cline. The tour features exhibits like Stonewall Jackson fighting a spinosaurus, and Abe Lincoln at odds with a pteranodon over the Gettysburg Address. The art doesn't just consist of the fiberglass statues. Cline has also added modern features to the park like a film and mobile videos that can be accessed with QR codes along the trail.
Cline said the idea for the park has been with him since he was a child, "before 'Jurassic Park'" was released. He continues to add new features each year, complete with an updated comic book to help guide visitors through the story.
Cline is also known for exhibits like Foamhenge and Haunting Tales, his ghost tour of Lexington, Virginia. His work has been featured nationally on the Travel Channel, FOX, TBS and more.
The park is open daily for visitors of all ages to come enjoy Cline’s alternate Civil War reality.