Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the ... More
La Brea Tar Pits
Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91. A visit to the on-site Page Museum is a must. Check website for further details.
Made the trip up from OC with my 9 & 11 year olds. Not enough to do to warrant a special trip, would recommend combining with another attraction.
We were disappointed to learn no dinosaurs were discovered here, apparently they predated the tar pits by tens of thousands of years. But the displays of wolves, camels etc are still good.
Our favorites were the excavation pits and the fishbowl where you view the archeologists assembling and cataloguing the bones.
If you enjoy museums, you will like Tar Pits. Only takes about 2 hours to see everything. I went during a rainstorm, the pits weren't bubbling and oozing like normal. Would have liked it better in July? when they are actually working in the pits and excavating. Small museum, but big skeletons.
This is a very interesting place to visit. Taking the walking tour with an experienced guide made the difference. Both my partner and I would recommend visiting La Brea for all ages and worth the trip.
The La Brea Tar Pits and the Museum just blew me away!!!!
I couldn't beleive that all these findings were right here under our feet!!!
I really liked seeing the pantologists working....seperating the bone fragments and fossils from the dirt....and putting some of the bones back together. I would definitly recommend this to others!!!
I can't wait to go back again...I would love to go and seperate the dirt and find fossils and bone fragments.
DEFINITLY....worth the time and money!!!!
We visited the La Brea Tar Pits today and it was great fun. I'm fifty-eight and took my nine year old niece and my brother and sister to the tar pits and had a blast. You can still see tar oozing, and methane bubbling from the earth, and the collection of bones they've found there is huge. The wall with the 404 Dire wolf skulls, just a quarter of their collection is pretty neat. There are two short film presentations, and you can walk around the grounds and see more excavations, oozing tar. The park is only about a city block in size, and the museum isn't huge, but will take you about two hours or so to feel like you've seen everything. I'm glad we went.
Nestled between a Staples and a Starbucks, why, it's a pit of tar from which they've excavated the remains of all kinds of unfortunate pre-historic animals. Weird and awesome. Don't miss it -- when I lived in LA it was a must for out-of-town visitors.
The tar pits are fun both inside and out. For the price, you would think the musuem would be larger, but it is still intresting.
This is a great place to bring the family, and a wonderful place to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grass.
Bubbles of tar can be spotted all around the park, and during the summer season you can watch people digging for bones in the pits.
Excellent visit. Exciting to see actual tarpits that
are being excavated and smell the tar bubbling
and oozing just like years ago. Inside the museum,
you have a chance to see many of the specimens that
have been found and reconstructed. You also have
the chance to see palenthologist working behind the
glass.........cleaning and preparing the specimen.
Very education. Not a full day but half a day's
An amazing conrast of true scientific and educational value in the middle of the most vulgar, cras and commercialzed place in the US (outside of NY).
Beam up up Scotty.. or beam me back.. I'd like to be in a nearby tree watching the goings and comings 25,000 years ago.
Would be be possible to place some additional tar pits around LA to entrap and dispose of the many undersirable inhabitants ?
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