La Brea Tar Pits
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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Family Travelers
- 65%Local Culture
- 58%Budget Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (45)
- La Brea Tar PitsSep 13, 2013
Admittedly, revisiting the tar pits in my 20's proved disappointing next to my childhood memories. It is really just a big pit of tar with a large park and museum around it. However, the park is beautiful on a nice day and the history of the location makes it worth a visit. If you are traveling with kids or just have a fascination with dinosaurs (i mean, who doesn't), the Tar Pits and surrounding areas are an interesting place to explore for a day.
- La Brea Tar PitsSep 13, 2013
Ok, this is fun if you're with kids, but it's pretty short entertainment. There's a big pit of brown goo, and there are some statues representing the poor creatures that got caught down there. The exhibition itself is good but again, short. There are fossils and explanations of how the pits preserved the prehistoric animals remains. Good for about two hours of entertainment, max. Not worth a special trip unless you're an archaeologist, but if you're in the area, check it out.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
This is quite a fascinating place to visit right in downtown Los Angeles. You learn some interesting facts about the area and the ongoing excavation. And it smells like tar.
- La Brea Tar PitsApr 15, 2013
Probably not what most people seek out when they think of visiting L.A., but if you are interested in expanding your educational outlook on the world, then this is a great place to check out. The La Brea Tar Pits has a lot to offer: tar pits with prehistoric models as you enter the park, a view of an active work site, and the interactive museum with a variety of exhibits pertaining to the unique findings at La Brea as well as general information about prehistoric animals and paleontology. Suitable and fun for for all ages, La Brea offers a unique experience not found anywhere else, so be sure to make a place in your itinerary for it!
- La Brea Tar PitsApr 07, 2013
I would highly recommend that if you are interested to come visit the tar pits and the mini museum within the confines of the park, then you should make this place a quick stop after or before visiting other attractions in the area because there really isn't much to do in this area. I came only here merely to find a grassy place to sit at the top of the museum hill so I could get some fresh air after a long day's fun. It was just a nice break from walking around and was highly amused with the kids that wanted to just roll down the hill. The pit's itself weren't much of anything besides a pool of bubbling muck but the mini museum was pretty interesting.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 07, 2013
This place is strange and smells even stranger, but I quite liked it. The central LA location is incongruous and it's interesting to learn about the history of the area. The bubbling pits of of tar are certainly atmospheric.
- La Brea Tar PitsDec 01, 2012
The Tar Pits weren't much to look at but the museum on the grounds is really spectacular. It's not as big as other natural history museums but much more specialized. The sheer number of bones and the amount of species they've found is staggering and the museum does a great job of putting that into perspective and showing off their collection.
- La Brea Tar PitsAug 09, 2012
It is kinda depressing to think about all those dinosaurs that were stuck in the tar but without them doing it we would never know about them.
The museum is mostly for children but the tar pits are outside and it is free!
They also have excavation site so this is kinda cool to see.