Tar pits that have revealed ice age animals, right in the middle of the city
La Brea Tar Pits
Since 1906, more than one million bones have been recovered from these tar pits. While there are no dinosaur bones that have been found here (since Los Angeles was under water during that time), the animals that have gotten stuck in the tar pits have been within the last 50,000 years. Some of the fossils include saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and mammoths. La Brea Tar Pits is a great place for the family to visit and learn about the animals that used to roam the area long ago.
You can see the tar pits for free by walking around Hancock Park but admission to the museum is $15 where you can see many preserved skeletons and learn lots more about the tar pits and the animals that used to roam here.