The La Brea Tar Pits located right in downtown LA are so interesting! 11,000 years ago LA was teeming with now extinct late Pleistocene animals such as the sabertooth cat, dire wolf and coyotes. The area was also full of asphalt pits--which when unsuspecting animals stepped into they became stuck. Unable to get out, the mired animals became prey for other unsuspecting animals. Allow 10,000 years to pass and you've got yourself a treasure trove of bones.
Ongoing excavations at the pits continue to reveal impressive animals and a trip through the museum will revel what the teams are working on. This is a super family friendly activity.The Details
Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 90036
Cost: $12/adults, $9/youth for basic entrance.
Parking: $10 flat fee. Parking on side streets is available, but carefully read parking signs.