The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County holds a special place in my heart. Growing up in LA it was on the list of places you went to through your childhood, with classmates for a field trip or your parents because they needed to get you out of the house. The Dinosaur Hall was bigger than life itself. I was fascinated by the Gem Hall and a little creeped out in the Bird Hall.
The museum is better than ever as I discovered on a recent trip to the newish Nature Gardens and Nature Lab exhibit. I can understand my parents desire to take us there. It’s the perfect escape from the buzzing city and work life. Walk the pathways of the new Nature Gardens and discover a botanical world living right under your nose. Home to native plants, animals and insects, get lost on the pathways and rediscover the nature of Los Angeles.
Springtime is the best time to view the gardens. The flowers are blooming; the bees and humming birds are out. The fruits and veggies are sprouting left and right. Choose to read every sign and learn about the unique ecosystem or just wander and take in the fragment air and some vitamin D.
If you get there early and can grab a ticket, check out the Butterfly Pavilion. Be warned. They limit the amount of visitors to this exhibit. If you don’t get there early enough (or ) on the weekend, you’ll be out of luck. I’m sure it’s much less crowded during the week.
The Nature Lab is filled with live (and stuffed) animals. The live rat display, a multi level rat condominium with a connected maze of clear pipes was a popular visual treat. It was fun to get up close and personal with the animals that we share our backyards with. Including spiders, lizards, and snakes.
It’s fun no matter what age you are. It’s the perfect place to bring a picnic and spend the afternoon on a date. Or bring the family for an inexpensive outing. On June 6, they’re bringing the last First Fridays of the season outside! Bands and DJs perform under the stars in the Nature Gardens.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural History Museum via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.