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Phillips Park Visitors Center and Mastodon Gallery

Phillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery showcases the mastodon bones that were unearthed in the park during a 1934 Civil Works Administration Project. The skull being the largest of the artifacts, weighs 188 pounds. The bones, estimated to be between 10,000 to 20,000 years old, include a 92-pound lower jaw, a 6-foot-long tusk, ribs and vertebrae. In addition, you’ll find enlarged photographs and a detailed history time line related to the discovery, as well as displays highlighting the history of Phillips Park, the Sunken Garden and the Phillips Park Zoo.

The 3,500-square-foot building, located at 1000 Moses Drive, also offers a view of the Sunken Garden and includes vending machines and public washrooms. Hours of operation are:Sunken Garden

  • March - November, open Monday through Saturday - 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
  • November, open Wednesday through Saturday - 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm
  • December - March, closed except during Santa's visiting hours.

Admission is free and the facility is handicapped accessible.


Don’t feel like walking? Our spacious 24 seat Tram will escort you around our park, free of charge. The Tram is wheelchair accessible (2 spaces) as well as has 4 handicap seating spaces. The Phillips Park Tram runs Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Splash Pad

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? The Splash Pad at both Phillips Park and McCarty Park is open from mid-May until mid-August from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting of course.

For more information, contact the City of Aurora’s Parks and Recreation Division at (630) 256-3730.