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04/05/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Apr 05, 2013

Jurassic Park 3D Now In Theaters But Here's Where To See Dinosaurs For Real In D.C.

WASHINGTON -- The hotly anticipated 3D version of Jurassic Park opens today, 20 years after Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking classic first debuted in theaters.

Jurassic Park revolutionized the use of computer graphics on-screen, taking home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The movie magic wasn't just computer-generated; for close-up shots, filmmakers also used full-sized, live-action dinos.

While we're sure you can't wait to see that infamous Tyrannosaurus rex leap off the screen and into your face, did you know that dinosaurs used to live in our own backyard? Washington sits right in the middle of fossil-rich 'Dinosaur Alley,' a stretch of the Eastern Seaboard where Early Cretaceous dinosaur fossils have been found in abundance.

After checking out T. rex and friends at the movies this weekend, here are a few other places you can see dinosaurs in the D.C. area:

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