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La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles

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4.4/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
At the only active Ice Age excavation site in the world, La Brea Tar Pits, you can see ancient fossils that have been discovered below the museum itself, right in the heart of Los Angeles. Plants and animals, like dire wolves, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats, are on display. You can also witness paleontologists at work in the Fossil Lab. While the height of excavation at Rancho La Brea occurred in the early 20th century, scientists are still uncovering more fossils at this site, and the museum continues to grow and educate the public on its discoveries and methods. Put La Brea Tar Pits at the forefront of your travel plans using our Los Angeles vacation generator.
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  • Very interesting Museum and spacious grounds with several active Tar Pits. A perfect venue for all ages. Take the Excavator Tour--3D movie not so much. 
  • I had friends over from England and the first item on their TO DO List was La Brea! We spent a lovely afternoon walking the grounds, taking the tour and the 3D movie. The information provided does an ...  read more »
  • I loved my visit to the tar pits! It was a must see for me when I was recently in LA. The grounds are free to roam but the museum is fee based. Very reasonable, especially with a coupon like I had. Th...  read more »
  • I absolutely love the history of this place. It's a big park like setting. The tar pits are all gated off but the tar is still active. There are a few places where you can still see tar coming out of the ground. You can actually touch it Burt I highly recommend not doing that. Also, make sure your kids don't touch it. Side note, check out the Page Museum. It's fantastic. It's small but free on Tuesdays!
  • Really informative and amazing things to learn. Project 23 is pretty awesome where you can see fossils being excavated. Tons to do without going to the museum of you don't want to. We went and it was fascinating to see the different skeletons. I figured out fossil sorting would not be a dream job for myself. Would have been better if we would have made it to the observation pit but we missed the last tour. Still a great day outdoors and in.
  • Cool interesting museum, spend about an hour or two there no more. We brought our four, three and five month old and they enjoyed it. The puppet show is a much do for the kids and if no kids do the 3d. Id say if you have older kids still do the puppet show. Its informative and the puppet is actually really cool. If you dont want to pay for the museum you can walk the tar pits for free!!!
  • At the end of a Route 66 road trip, I took my son to the La Brea Tar Pits. I went as a child, and I thought it would be a cool father-son experience. Neither of us were disappointed! The museum was very interesting and walking the grounds took me back to my childhood.
  • Loved this place when I visited a couple of years ago, so dragged my guests there this time also. Still liked it, but not as great... The one thing I missed was the live open pit they had last time.... They now have an "above ground pit". They found some fossils at a near by dig site, but the construction couldn't be held off so they moved a whole block of the land away. The archaeologists are working on it above the ground, while the construction is still on.... This is really cool, but the result is that visitors only get to see the "pit" from a distance and don't get to see inside.
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