Tuesday, February 1, 2011

La Brea Tar Pits - A Fun Afternoon Adventure!

It all started one afternoon after we watched this episode of Dirty Jobs last week.  The kids were mesmerized.  When we told them that the La Brea Tar Pits were right here in Southern California, just about an hour away, they wanted to go.  We are so incredibly fortunate here in Southern California because there is an endless amount of things to do.  The La Brea Tar Pits were just one of those things we never got to.  We changed that last weekend.

I'm not exactly sure where I thought the Tar Pits were, but I really hadn't realized they were right on Wilshire Drive!  Across from the E! building and next to the Screen Actors Guild.

Big Tip: Be sure to bring at least $7 in cash for parking in the lot.  I am notorious for never carrying much in cash, so I wanted to be sure to warn others like me!  You can use credit cards to enter the Page Museum (you don't have to enter the Museum if you want to just see the Tar Pits, but for $7/adults and $2 kids, it's not an expensive adventure for the afternoon).

The Page Museum is like a secret garden in the middle of a concrete jungle.  There is a large open air courtyard in the middle of the building with paths, gorgeous trees and a fantastic koi pond to explore.  Be sure to find the turtles on the shore of the pond and say hi from us!  The Page Museum boasts a number of interactive exhibits that your kids are sure to enjoy.

I particularly liked the viewing area inside the museum that they call "the fish bowl", where they are excavating and preserving the fossils that are being discovered in the tar pits outside.

After we wandered around the Museum we headed outside to explore the tar pits.  What was amazing was seeing all these very small (4 ft by 4 ft) fenced in areas through out the park outside the museum where there is tar seeping up through the ground.  The ant hill looking one was quite cool. (the photo for that one is in the Whrrl story below).

We had an absolutely wonderful time exploring the La Brea Tar Pits and I highly recommend this fun afternoon adventure!

Take a minute to scroll through the images in the Whrrl story below - there were far too many images to include in this post.

More check-ins at La Brea Tar Pits
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Lin February 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

My husband & I visted this place last year & we had a great time!

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