LA Brea Tar Pits – Going Back in Time
Original Post by Andrew Renslow
If you ever find yourself on Wilshire Boulevard in the miracle mile neighborhood, without a doubt you will smell asphalt. Though there is plenty of construction in the area due to the extension of the metro purple line, the true source of this smell is the bubble pools of asphalt in the LA Brea Tar Pits. The LA Brea Tar Pits attract hundreds of patrons daily much like the prehistoric creatures that we’re trapped there millions of years ago; luckily the pits are fenced off so you won’t suffer the same fate as them. So what’s all the fuss about the park? If I wanted to see a pool of toxic sludge, I’d just go to a public swimming pool (jk). Well, let me tell you a little bit about the park.
LA Brea has everything you’d ask for in a public park i.e. restrooms, drinking fountains, vending machines, picnic tables, large grassy fields for activities, etc. The park contains 7 excavation sites (pits) that may be viewed by the public as well as a grassy hill that kids and some adults (myself included) love to roll down surrounding the Page Museum.
The Page Museum is fascinating! Upon admission, you will take a journey through time and learn the history of the land. They show you how so many creatures were trapped in the pits and you will see the fossils of animals such as DIRE WOLF’S and SABER-TOOTHED CATS. The fossil lab gives you a glimpse into the research done by paleontologists who uncover secrets hidden in the asphalt. Currently, there are an estimated 3 million items displayed in the museum, however, that number may double when they finish excavating Project 23. Visit https://tarpits.org to learn more and plan your trip today!
Now, if you are wondering if we at LA Tour 1 visit the LA Brea Tar Pits, we will for our Private & Custom Tours! I have led plenty of guests through the park and they all have a blast. To book your PRIVATE TOUR, visit our website https://latour1.com/private-la-highlights-tour/ and Make the Most of LA!