La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036- Map It
(323) 934-7243

AAA Editor Notes

La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., are among the world's richest sources of ice-age fossils—more than 3 million fossils have been recovered. The sticky asphalt pools trapped and preserved prehistoric plant and animal life. Life-size replicas of extinct mammals sit in some of the still-bubbling tar pits. Pit 91, the country’s only urban fossil excavation site, is observed by a self-guiding walking trail. Visitors can view paleontologists excavating saber-toothed cats and kitten, Colombian mammoths and dire wolves fossils from Project 23. Of interest is the 3D film “Titans of the Ice Age” and the Ice Age Encounters show featuring a life-size saber-toothed cat. Guided tours are available.
Free. Parking: $12.
Hours: Project 23 excavation daily 9:30-5 (also Pit 91 excavation daily 9:30-5, early July-early Sept.). Closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.