La Brea Tar Pits

Another one of my most ancient things on my bucket list was a journey to the La Brea Tar Pits. This has been on my list since I was a huge fan of the Gary Owens/Eric Boardman team who did the dinosaur children documentaries. One of them was “Prehistoric World” which was ice age and they went to the La Brea Tar Pits. It was one of the shows I watched the most as a child, probably drove my grandmother insane.

The tar pits were quite expensive to park $12 which is the same cost as to get *into* the museum. The museum is I think somewhat bigger than I was expecting having only seen it on TV, but yet not nearly as big as most natural history or science museums I am used to seeing. The grounds were huge though which included an active dig and several things to walk around and watch.

My visit wasn’t as good as it could have been as there was a huge field trip that day and the kids pretty much hogged all the exhibits and destroyed the additional show that I paid for as they kept screaming and shouting. Really kids, your chaperones were all yelling at you and you still misbehaved? Apparently it was a charter school who also just started their school year. I never saw any school start on field trips that early especially to such an expensive place!

Anyway it was interesting to see some of the things that were on the TV up close although it had been so long since I saw the show that everything was mostly new again. The atrium type area was really really pretty and would be a nice place to propose marriage. I wish there was even more to do at the tar pits and would have really liked to have more money to spend at the gift shop which was also very expensive but had so many neat things in it.

Is there any place you wanted to go as a kid and later visited you as an adult?

Completed : 2017

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