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  The La Brea Tar Pits
by Erin74

The La Brea Tar Pits are a unique L.A. sight that's worth checking out while you're in town. Situated right next to the L.A. County Musuem of Art, in the heart of the Miracle Mile area, the Tar Pits are made up of the actual tar pits themselves and wonderful museum (Page Museum) which highlights the history of the site.

During the last Ice Age, huge mammoths, sabertoothed lions and giant ground sloths became trapped and entombed in the tar that has been seeping out of the ground in this area for the past 40,000 years. You can see their fossilized remains at the site, as well as the bubbling pit of tar that is still located here.

In the park next to the tar pits, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured. The tar does smell, although it's not terrible. A funny fact about the area... the tar is not just in the tar pit next to the museum. From time to time it bubbles up in the front yards of the lovely homes that surround Miracle Mile area. Some good friends of mine have a mini-tar pit in their flower garden that they're not too happy about...

Monday - Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission is free on the first Tuesday of each month.

Adults: $7.00
Seniors 62 and older and Students with I.D.: $4.50
Children 5-12 years old: $2.00

Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA 90036
Directions: Just east of the intersection of Wilshire Bl. and Fairfax.
Phone: (323) 934-PAGE (7243)
Website: http://www.tarpits.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 7, 2004
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