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“Highlight of SoCal trip: seeing the Endeavor space shuttle”
Review of Exposition Park

Exposition Park
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Although Exposition Park has a number of attractions, we set ourselves to check out the Endeavor space shuttle that was housed in the California Science Center. Since Endeavor, sitting on the back of a 747 plane, flew over the San Francisco Bay Area last year, it was a must-see on our trip.

Who could imagine that for 11 of of us that we only paid $22.00 to get in, which did not include IMAX.

To visit the Endeavor exhibit, it consisted of two parts and they are self-paced. You go through an area of exhibits, photos, and videos of the astronauts as they lived in the space shuttle and performed experiments. Optionally you can stay to watch this video of how they got the Endeavor from the airport to the museum, which was 60+ hours non-stop.

Then you move onto this huge room, a hangar where the Endeavor is housed in a landing position. When you first walk in, seeing it takes your breath away and everyone is snapping away pictures. You could spend a good afternoon in checking out photos and exhibits and listening to volunteers.

This exhibit is work in progress. They plan to erect the space shuttle in a take-off position and open it so that you could see its interior.

We did check out other exhibits, which kind of remind me of parts of Monterey Bay Aquarium and California Academy of Science in San Francisco.

Eating options included McDonald's and an area where you could purchase pre-made sandwiches and salads.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This place is filled with roses galore in the spring and summer months which make it the perfect family outing. Take lots of pictures of the kids by the fountain or walking through the rose gardens. From here you can easily visit the California Science Center which is free of charge or the Natural History Museum which does collect a small fee.

Thank Caroline L
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Exposition Park is home to the Natural History Museum(fee), the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(go Trojans!), the California Science Center and IMAX theater(fee for exhibit Endeavor and IMAX), the California African American Museum and the Rose Garden. The History Museum includes an impressive exhibit of dinosaurs, gems and minerals, birds, and dioramas of mammals. Easily you can spend a day here. The Science Center includes some hands-on exhibits regarding marine life and ecosystems. A real treat would be to visit the Endeavor exhibit!In the African American Museum there are close to 3,500 works of fine art and artifacts. The Rose garden is an impressive display of colorful flowers providing a calm respite. Parking is $10.00. This is an area where one will not regret the visit!

Thank PepperNewJersey
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Loved the rose garden. There was lots to do but didn't know when we got timed tickets for the space shuttle Endeavor that it was free that day. It was not advertised on their page so not happy about that. Get there early for parking which is $10.

Thank Robyn H
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

One of the largest rose gardens I have visited! Defintiely worth a stroll while you are seeing some of the surrounding museums. There is a $10 parking fee for the entire Park, from which you can visit the Calif Science Center (free) with the Endeavor space shuttle, the African American History Museum (free), the IMAX Theatre ($8) or the Natural History Museum ($15 pp?). LA Coliseum/Olympic Park nearby also.

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