I visited the towers with my 2 daughters, and niece (ages 8,9,11). I have been wanting to visit ever since I watched Huell Howser's visit in an episode of California's Gold. Yes, Watts does have some unsavory areas, but please don't let that stop you from seeing these beautiful towers. I did not feel unsafe during my visit, and am so glad that I finally was able to see them. I parked in the parking lot, and walked over to the art center to buy my ticket for the tour.
Our tour guide, Lucy DeLatorre, was wonderful. She gave us plenty of information about the towers and their creator. She helped us to see the towers from different angles to fully grasp the magnitude and genius behind the artwork. The tour was only $7, a very reasonable price. After the tour we watched the short film about Simon Rodia. I must admit, the short film really moved me. Afterwards, we went to walk around the garden. There were children there from the community participating in a summer program through the center. The garden is still under construction, but is still very nice to check out. My kids loved it, and were inspired by what they saw.
There will be a FREE Drum and Jazz festival on September 28-29 @ 1:00pm
Take the guided tour
Arrive before 1:00pm
Park in parking lot
Buy the bags of sage sold in the art center ($5 donation, and they come from the garden)
watch the short film
If you have kids, pick up the Watts Towers coloring activity sheets
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