La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

As we take a tour of the attractions that can be found throughout the city of Los Angeles, we are struck by just how much there is to do and how those activities appeal to all interests and personalities—even the younger ones. To be honest, it can be difficult to find a vacation experience that appeals to all members of the family, but that isn’t an issue when you plan a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and develop a greater understanding of the prehistoric creatures that once walked the land that today is known as Wilshire Boulevard.

Located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd

It’s not surprising to find locations that are filled with prehistoric fossils, but to find it in the middle of a major city is a bit rare, and La Brea Tar Pits is famed for having fossils that date back to the Ice Age. Once private land owned by George Allen Hancock, he donated just over 23 acres to Los Angeles County in 1924 once it was discovered the tar that was bubbling to the surface contained these fossils of history, and Hancock Park and the La Brea Tar Pits were born! It took until 1963 for La Brea Tar Pits to be designated a National Landmark, and in 1977 it opened to the public, allowing the average joe to see the magic those pits held.

The timeline of the creatures discovered in the tar pits dates back to 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene period with the discovery of the American Mastodon, the saber-toothed cat, camels, wolves, horses, and more. It is believed that hunting killed off all the larger animals at the end of the Ice Age, but it could have simply been nothing more than a resistance to the change in the environment.

Interestingly, the first time the tar pits were mentioned were all the way back in the 1700s; people used to use the tar seeping out of the ground for waterproofing the roofs of their dwellings and for fuel. The earliest excavations began in 1915, and as of 2006, more deposits were found, and a new dig called Project 23 was started. All of this and so much more is explained in detail. Tickets to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum range in price from $25 for an all access pass for adults to $7 for children who just want to experience the museum and the excavator tours.

A Lot to Take In

Your day at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles will be a fascinating one, teaching you the wonders of life long before we humans existed. There’s a lot to learn and see, and when it’s time to head back to your Luxury Rental Group vacation escape, we’re sure you’ll be glad to turn off your brain for awhile and just relax in comfort and style! Reserve your stay and discover a time when wild animals walked where Lamborghinis and Bentleys drive today!