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. Guided tours are available.
Free. Parking: $10.
Hours: Project 23 excavation daily 9:30-5 (also Pit 91 excavation, early July-early Sept.). Closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.