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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dig (archeology)
Description: Rancho La Brea - Spanish for the tar ranch - is more than just a tourist...
Rancho La Brea - Spanish for the tar ranch - is more than just a tourist stop, it's a renowned scientific resource.
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Historical site

un californio is wrong about the history of this place. If you want to know more accurate information, you can google it. But basically, it was granted to a Portuguese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2012
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Modena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

For children and adults. The possibility to witness how researchers find fossils. To see history unfold in front your eyes is tremendous.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We were going to Santa Monica Beach and we decided to stop at La Brea Park. It is a natural "brea lake" were a lot of fossils where discovered. You actually can see the metane gas coming out... we had the "luck" to see how a dove sank, so it was interesting. The museum costs 11 dollars, we didnt visit... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

un californio is wrong about the history of this place. If you want to know more accurate information, you can google it. But basically, it was granted to a Portuguese immigrant(Rocha) by the Hispanic Mayor. Rocha's family later sold it to Henry Hancock because they owed him money. As to the place itself, it was educational and fascinating. I am... More 

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Bedford, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

It was our last day in LA and we thought we would try someting different. Easy parking and no crowds so we off to a good start. The facility was well laid out and a joy to wander round. The discoveries found in these tar pits are truly amazing - so many bones, how do they make sense of it... More 

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