In this column this summer, I've wanted to occasionally focus on a few things slightly outside of Huntington Beach. As a travel writer, I enjoy sharing interesting places, especially for families, and this week provided something special.
By now, you may have heard about the new Dinosaur Hall opening at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park. It's a 14,000-square-foot hall, twice the size of the museum's old dinosaur galleries, and will feature more than 300 fossils and 20 complete mounts of dinosaurs and sea creatures.
As described by the museum, "The hall will rival the world's leading dinosaur halls for the number of individual fossils displayed, the size and spectacular character of the major mounts, including the world's only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, and the accessible integration of recent scientific discoveries and research into the displays."
Last week, I was given an early tour of the hall, and it was beyond impressive — it was breathtaking. Some of you may know that dinosaurs play a big part in my family's world. At age 5, our son, Charlie, proclaimed that he was going to be a paleontologist, and from there, there has been no looking back.