Some gardens are underwater. In the heart of Los Angeles, the California Science Center offers an opportunity for everyone to experience the wonder of a California kelp forest.
Kelp forests are a vital marine ecosystem providing important resources and protection for fish species and other marine life.
|male California sheepshead (Semicossyphus pulcher)|
- Close-up tanks: Allowing you to see crustaceans, anemones, and small fish up close
- Fish Identification Charts highlighting the variety of coastal fish species
- SeaFood Watch Interactive Kiosk: Sit down at a lunch counter and discover how you can help keep oceans healthy by making wise seafood choices.
- Interactive Games: Be a barnacle and experience the challenge of a stationary creature trying to catch its food.
A Touch Table on the outdoor observation deck offers a hands-on opportunity to experience kelp forest and tide pool creatures. The Kelp Forest is just one Ecosystem highlighted at the California Science Center. You can also explore Islands, Deserts, and more.
A food court within the Science Center.
- Open: Daily 10 AM - 5 PM, FREE admission
- Parking: Ample $10 parking adjacent to the Science Center; Also accessible via the Metro Expo Line (exit at the Expo Park/USC station and walk .2 miles south of the Rose Garden).
- Restrooms: Numerous
- Kid Friendly: The California Science Center is designed for kids (of all ages)
- Accessibility: Readily accessible with elevators to the different floors
- Dogs: No dogs allowed.
- Restrictions: Weekends and school holidays can be busy. Special exhibits and the Space Shuttle Endeavor require paid or timed tickets.
More Information: http://californiasciencecenter.org/
Discover more Hidden Gardens in the Los Angeles Area
- Visit Conjeo Valley Botanical Garden
- Visit Pierce College Botanical Garden
- Visit Malibu Legacy Park
- Visit Orcutt Ranch Park
- Discover Southern California
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