The art scene in Los Angeles is one that is unique and incomparable on the West coast. While you can explore the art scene by visiting one of the many museums throughout the city, you can also take to the outdoors and see something that is truly unique to Los Angeles - the Watts Towers located in South Central LA. Currently, the Watts Towers are offering tours for FREE. Read on to learn more.
The Watts Towers are an outdoor collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures and sculptures decorated with mosaics. The tallest tower is actually just short of 100 feet, being 99.5 feet tall! The entire area of towers and structures were built solely by Sabato Rodia over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. Sabato Rodia was immigrant from Italy and worked as a construction worker and tile mason. Currently, tours of inside the Watts towers are actually unavailable due to restoration and conservation activities that are taking place to keep the art looking like new. However, despite this, there are still guided tours that are being given outside of the fenced area. Due to the height of many of the structures, guests can still get a good view of the art. Additionally, because regular tours are not available, these guided tours taking place outside of the fenced area will be available for FREE. Tours will be offered every half hour from Thursday through Sunday. Thursday through Saturdays tours will go from 10:30am to 3pm. On Sundays, tours are from 12:30-3pm.
After you explore the Watts Towers, consider stopping by the nearby Watts Coffee House. Known for fantastic coffee and soul food brunch eats, try the famous fried chicken wings and waffles - you won’t regret it! This eatery is located at 1827 E 103rs Street in Los Angeles.