La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

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At the only active Ice Age excavation site in the world, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, 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. A visit to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Los Angeles route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This is really only a 1-1.5 hour thing but very cool if you know what to expect. $15 and great parking if you get there early. First of all - no dinosaurs. I guess people want dinosaur bones and... 
    This is really only a 1-1.5 hour thing but very cool if you know what to expect. $15 and great parking if you get there early. First of all - no dinosaurs. I guess people want dinosaur bones and...  more »
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  • My nephew had a ton of fun reading all the information that was available on all the displays. Loved everything that was being exhibited. Had tons of fun exploring outside and finding all the tar coming up from the grounds. Absolutely loved the garden. He learned a lot and loved seeing people working on cleaning up new found bones. It was quite impressive, even for us adults. We will definitely go back again.
  • Nice museum. Grandson liked it, granddaughter not so much. Depends what they're into. Very limited parking, arrive early (or later when the early people have left). Excavation sites outside not terribly exciting (to me). Buy tickets outside just as you leave the parking lot, much shorter line than inside the museum. They have a really nice interactive display of pistons stuck in tar. You pull on them to get a sense of how hard it was for animals to try to get out of the tar.

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