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Rancho La Brea - Spanish for the tar ranch - is more than just a tourist...

Rancho La Brea - Spanish for the tar ranch - is more than just a tourist stop, it's a renowned scientific resource.

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Spanish Land Grant, includes the Tar Pits ...

Rancho La Brea refers to an old Spanish land grant - & not to the La Brea tar pits, which are only a small part. The original Rancho was in what is now the Miracle Mile area and... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2015
David B L
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 5 December 2015

Rancho La Brea refers to an old Spanish land grant - & not to the La Brea tar pits, which are only a small part. The original Rancho was in what is now the Miracle Mile area and more. Visit the Tar Pits Museum where this history is nicely explained, photos available, oil field history + the amazing tar pit... More 

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Reviewed 3 October 2015

As a previous reviewer has alluded to, Rancho La Brea has an interesting history - the background and context can be easily accessed by searching for Rancho La Brea (for example the Wikipedia page will tell you all about the history of the land grant). It is largely a portion of land around the Miracle Mile, Hollywood and parts of... More 

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Modena, Italy
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

For children and adults. The possibility to witness how researchers find fossils. To see history unfold in front your eyes is tremendous.

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We were going to Santa Monica Beach and we decided to stop at La Brea Park. It is a natural "brea lake" were a lot of fossils where discovered. You actually can see the metane gas coming out... we had the "luck" to see how a dove sank, so it was interesting. The museum costs 11 dollars, we didnt visit... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

un californio is wrong about the history of this place. If you want to know more accurate information, you can google it. But basically, it was granted to a Portuguese immigrant(Rocha) by the Hispanic Mayor. Rocha's family later sold it to Henry Hancock because they owed him money. As to the place itself, it was educational and fascinating. I am... More 

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Reviewed 10 August 2011

It was our last day in LA and we thought we would try someting different. Easy parking and no crowds so we off to a good start. The facility was well laid out and a joy to wander round. The discoveries found in these tar pits are truly amazing - so many bones, how do they make sense of it... More 

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