La Brea Tar Pits
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- 98%History Buffs
- 85%Family Travelers
- 68%Local Culture
- 59%Budget Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (45)
- 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Jul 05, 2012
As a local, I'm a fan! It's a fun piece of L.A. history; plus a great place to people-watch. A lot of folks in the neighborhood walk their dogs here so it's a great place to meet fellow dog lovers.
I probably wouldn't make a trip out to mid-Wilshire just to visit here. You can make a whole day out of it! Visit the tar pits then LACMA (right next door), Peterson Automobile Museum (across the street) and end with a visit to The Grove + Farmer's Market (a couple blocks north).Recommended for:
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
This was probably the biggest letdown of an attraction. While the tar pits themselves have been a true treasure for paleontologists, there is not much to see here other than a pond with a fake mammoth sticking out.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
This was one of my very favorite field trips as a kid. It's a really great, small museum where you can cover the whole thing without being too overwhelmed, and where you can feel the immediacy of the artifacts, because you know the tar pits and other excavation areas are just outside. I brought my nieces here recently and they loved it, too.Recommended for:
- La Brea Tar PitsJul 04, 2012
I've heard that this place is boring, but as a third grader many years ago I thought it was cool! It probably helped to have some lessons on the history of the place because it made it more interesting. Also, things look bigger when you are smaller.Recommended for: