Park La Brea

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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia3,447 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
You have to walk through the park to get to La Brea Tar Pits Museum. They are very smelly and are actively being excavated. There are a number of statues around the pits depicting the ice age animals that were stuck in them, but it is a shame they have to have large fences around them to stop silly people getting too near. The star is the museum, so if you get the chance do visit that.
Written 6 August 2023
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Edward L
Burke, VA383 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I always wanted to check this site out since I was a youngster. It very interesting with all the different animals that had been caught and recovered from the tar pits. We also had the opportunity to see the technicians work on a fossil in their lab. It is neat that they built the city around this landmark.
Written 14 November 2021
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Scenic815143
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
For college students going to UCLA or for those wanting a quiet atmosphere. this location has it all; outdoor pool, miles of hiking trails as well as an activities centre. You may choose to live in the towers or have a condo home
Written 13 September 2019
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dwy1
Shamokin Dam, PA188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This place is amazing! To think of all the animals, and people that have been in this area for SOOOO many years, it bogles the mind! Go visit!
Written 21 July 2019
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themac3s
Fort Lauderdale, FL143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We didn’t want to pay to go in. There is an plenty to see and read walking around outside. Very interesting to see.
Written 18 May 2019
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marybelle08
Los Angeles, CA69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
The "big" draw here is probably the Tar Pits, which makes a nice family trip, or date with your favorite nerd. It's off Wilshire, so getting something to eat in the mid-Wishire area, then strolling over is not a bad idea. What's fun is that active research is going on, as you visit, so you'll proabably see paleontologists and other researchers doing things in the pits, and surrounding them. You really get the scope and breadth of what we know, and what we are still learning about our natural past, and how it might relate to our future. You can't go wrong with this place. My one caveat is to bring a hat and sunscreen, since this part of the city gets quite hot, and since there's a lot of concrete and building materials surrounding the tar pits, being prepared, covered, and hydrated is a good idea.
Written 27 January 2019
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ane
Clovis, CA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
I just walked around this, but I let my traveling friends no that this was a really nice place and right next to the LA Holocaust museum. Nice place to walk around, exercise, and was nicely maintained.
Written 9 September 2018
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
We only walked around the grounds and did not go into the museum. Walking around the grounds is free. You can pay to park at the museum or park on the streets, but be very careful with the parking signs as you can get towed on Wilshire if you park there at the wrong time. The tarpits look and smell like, you guessed it, tar pits. So not a pleasant place for a picnic, although we did see people picnicking. We were especially pleased to see a paleontologist and another worker working in one of the tarpits. Another worker explained what we were seeing and what they have found in the tarpits. Since excavations started, they have taken out several tons of fossils and we were told most of them are in the museum. When you go there, be sure to also walk up the stairs on top of the museum to look down at the lush garden and waterfall in the museum itself.
Written 3 September 2018
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Mark Q
San Antonio, TX56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Of course the tar pits existed long before the city but I was intrigued by this on-going dig site in the heart of the LA metroplex. The tar pits are mere blocks from Wilshire Blvd and just a few miles from Rodeo Drive. The thousands of fossils the pits have yielded is staggering and the work continues today. The is a must see for the natural historian and paleontology students of all ages. The La Brea tar pits were on my top 4 sites to see in LA and I was not disappointed.
Written 7 July 2018
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Dawn
Fenton, MI83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Definitely worth checking out. Very interesting and surprising that these pits actually exist...in the middle of the city! Very informative. Neat to see them bubbling. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because the kids were only interested so long.
Written 27 November 2017
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