Where was Jurassic Park filmed – can you visit the island?

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Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park was filmed on two real islands in the Pacific Ocean

Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing film of all time upon its release in 1993, grossing just over US$1 billion (£825 million).

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In the nearly three decades since its release, the film has fallen to 42nd place, and two of its own sequels have overtaken it – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is at 12th with $1.3 billion and Jurassic World is 7th with $1 $.6 billion.

Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993) (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Aside from the groundbreaking use of CGI, it was the fantastical locations that gave the films a sense of fantastical reality alongside the groundbreaking use of CGI.

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But where were the Jurassic Park movies filmed, is the island a real place and can you visit it? That’s all you need to know:

Where was Jurassic Park filmed?

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“Jurassic Park” was filmed primarily on Kauai, the smallest of Hawaii’s four major islands in the Pacific Ocean.

While the film was groundbreaking in terms of its use of CGI, most of the exterior scenes were actually shot on the island rather than on a sound stage.

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A North Hollywood sound stage was used for nighttime scenes and interiors only.

In the film, the island where John Hammond, played by Richard Attenborough, plans to build his theme park is called Isla Nublar and is said to be 120 miles west of Costa Rica.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom grossed $1.3 billion at the box office

And when ‘Isla Nublar’ is seen by the gang on their helicopter tour, it’s again the Kauai coast that represents the fictional island.

In addition, the Kualoa Ranch on O’ahu, another Hawaiian island and home to the state capital of Honolulu, was also used for filming.

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Where were the Jurassic Park sequels filmed?

The first two Jurassic Park sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, were set on a second island, Isla Sorna, the Plan B site for a dinosaur park.

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However, once again, most of the exterior scenes were shot on Kauai. Additional filming in The Lost World took place in Queensland, Australia, Toronto, Canada, and Los Angeles in the US mainland.

The Jurassic World films were also shot on Kauai and O’ahu.

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Jurassic World came out and is set 22 years after Jurassic World and is also set on Isla Nublar – many Easter eggs, including disused vehicles from the original film, can be seen in the film.

The film shows new scientists making the same mistakes as they attempt to open another, larger theme park in the same location as the failed Jurassic Park.

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Jurassic World was filmed in multiple locations on Kauai and O’ahu (part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital of Honolulu).

The two Jurassic World sequels, Fallen Kingdom and Dominion, were also mainly filmed on these two islands.

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Can you visit the Jurassic Park Islands?

Yes, you can visit the islands where Jurassic Park was filmed. There are several tours of key Kauai filming locations, including the Amber Mine, the ranch where the Brachiosaurus was first sighted, and the Isla Sorna shoreline.

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Guided tours of Kualoa in O’ahu are also available – they include a Jurassic Adventure Tour, a Raptor Tour, and a Hollywood Movie Sites Tour.

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