Jurassic Park is a science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The film is based on a 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton. The movie was our childhood fantasy and also our biggest fear. Despite the danger and terrifying encounters we see in the film, it’s true that we all wish we were there on the floor to see it all. We will! It will not remain an incomplete wish. You can visit the places where the movie was shot after all the dinos were not real, but the places are. So in this piece, we’ve brought you the most prominent Jurassic Park filming locations.
While the filming itself took place in November 1992, the film was not rolled out until May 1993. This may be because of the technological drawback at the time that could have allowed the CGI to last much longer than what is now the industry standard.
What are Jurassic Park’s filming locations?
All interiors and night scenes were filmed at Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California. The two main filming locations of the film are Hawaii and California. Here are some of the ‘Jurassic Park’ filming locations that you can visit and feel like the ‘main character’.
Fun fact: If you plan to visit any of these places, there is a 100% chance that you will NOT be eaten by a dinosaur.
Here are the top seven places where the movie was shot:
Mojave Desert, USA
Let’s start at the beginning. The first appearance of paleontologists Dr. Alan Grant and dr. Ellie Sattler is presented at the excavation site. This site is actually Red Rock Canyon of the Mojave Desert, California. We don’t recommend it as a good place to visit for fun as there are no fossils to see. So what if we don’t have dinosaur fossils, there are some striking landscapes! The place is only accessible to four-wheeled vehicles.
Missing the green? Keep moving!
Manawaiopuna Falls, Hawaii
Popularly known as “Jurassic Falls”, Manawaiopuna Falls is just another mesmerizing place where the movie was shot. At the beginning of the movie Jurassic Park, the helicopter with both the paleontologists and John Hammond along with two other people lands at the base of a beautiful waterfall. This is that fall!
You will find this place in Kauai, Hawaii. This fall is on private property and can only be reached by helicopter, so you must take a tour with one of the helicopter companies that have landing access. It may sound expensive, but it would be a replica of the movie’s original scene. The waterfall is located in the dense forest of the Hanapepe Valley.
The Jurassic Kahili Ranch, Hawaii
Located in Kilauea, on Kauai’s northeast coast, this wide green field has been featured in three Jurassic Park movies. This is where the dinosaurs were introduced in the movie. Every Jurassic Park enthusiast should have the scene in their mind where Dr. Grant and Ellie were absolutely amazed when they saw the giant Brachiosaurus. The response from the leads was so pure. They literally expressed the viewers’ exact reaction, Enchanted!
The ranch owner previously didn’t allow tourists, but luckily they now offer private tours to the public.
Mount Waialeale, Kauai
What an awe it was when the giant gate of “Jurassic Park” finally appeared on the screen. The actual spot would take you a little more courage, as the prize is a 13-kilometer walk to reach the exact location where the gigantic gateways to ‘Jurassic Park’ were located. Focus on the “were”! The gate is no longer there. It was removed when filming was completed, but there are two tall posts on either side of the path as a small sign that the iconic ‘Jurassic Park’ movie was shot here.
The gate was located deep in the middle of Kauai, right at the base of Wai’ale’ale Mountain, probably to make it fun for the visitors, because the longer the wait, the more fun it will finally be.
The Kualaoa Ranch, Hawaii
I remember the exciting scene from the movie where Dr. Alan and the kids got caught up in Gallimimus’ stampede, and they ran for life, eventually taking cover behind a huge fallen tree. YES! when they witnessed the awesome T-Rex hunting Gallimimus! That scene was filmed at the Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. The fallen rescuer they hid behind is still on the ranch.
It’s actually the highlight now with a “Jurassic Park” template. The boom is now a must-take celebrity pic.
The electrified fences the T-Rex broke through eventually made good our worst nightmare…not life but the screen. Those fences and the scene were filmed in Olokele Valley, Kauai. Fans still get anxious just thinking about that scene (just like me).
True, there are no dinosaurs or their fossils to be seen, but Hawaii is full of mesmerizing landscapes, flora and fauna. If you haven’t decided yet, choose Hawaii now!