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“So Cool”

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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$15.00*
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Admission: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles...
Ranked #32 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Page Museum is where we showcase the best fossils, animals, and plants that have been discovered here - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and more. Experience the Ice Age come to life with our Ice Age Encounters show. Outside check out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling and our active fossil excavation sites to see what our excavators have uncovered today. Make the most of your visit with our Excavator Tour. Get the behind-the-scenes story and see scientists working on recently excavated fossils, walk around our famous Lake Pit, and visit our live dig site where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission.
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This place is amazing to me! To learn more about the area, how fossils were formed there, how they were excavated, and how they were pieced together is so cool. You can even watch "scientists in action" through what's called the fish bowl. Park on the street if you can OR receive a $2 discount in the lot when you pay the $12 entrance fee. 2 hours is more than enough time to enjoy everything this museum has to offer.

Thank Jade830
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

this place is great for kids and adults alike. how can you not be fascinated by the large and exotic creatures that once roamed greater Los Angeles? to think of this sprawling concrete jungle being covered with trees, swamps, mammoths, giant sloths, sabertooth cats and jaguars 3x the size of the modern day leopard is mind blowing. it's interesting to see the work of the paleontologists in the lab.

the only reason i gave 4 stars was that Pit 91 is inactive for 5 years so you can't see any excavation in progress.

Thank Tera K
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It is amazing that this is the only place in the world that has this many fossils. You could save a few dollars if you park on the street if you rented a car. Plus, there are food trucks around the area.

Thank Cristobal C
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have to say the tar pits weren't at all like I expected. I've seen them featured in movies & I expected a busy "tourist attraction." I was so surprised to find a fun inexpensive educational experience my whole family enjoyed! It was very interesting to walk through the tar pits & learn about the excavations. My kids had a blast in the museum. We spent half a day here & will probably revisit in a few years!

Thank J M
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Tar Pits were great. Good history of the area and lots of fun. Lot of bones from the pit. Lots of LA history in conjunction with the pits. The Farmers Market is in the same area.

Thank Ed258536
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