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Watts Towers

1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
213 847 4646
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Ranked #41 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap metal, bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, and thousands of seashells. One of LA's famous local landmarks, the towers were created by a construction worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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162 reviews 162 reviews
65 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Cool sculptures. The day I went was a Friday but they were closed. It was the day after Thanksgiving. Sucked I wasn't able to get in and get an even closer look. But even if the gate is closed you can still wander around these structures and read about their history and get some good views. It's a really interesting... More 

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Chico, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I had not been to Watts Towers in 50 years. My friends that went with me got a kick out of the towers. It only takes 30 minutes to see the Watts Towers. Tours are run every half hour. You have to go on the tour to get up close to the towers.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It is a bit out of the way but if you are travelling south of LA, say to Long Beach or Laguna, the detour is worth while, a folk art created over a three decade period. It has been maintained very well since its completion in the fifties. The guided tour of the plot is worthwhile and very professionally done.

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California
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389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

That one man had the vision, stamina, creativity and skills to create this unique sculpture is amazing. And props too to those who have taken on the task of preservation!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Do not attempt this trip without a taxi or car ! We made the mistake of taking the train : the walk to the towers is very long and far and let's just say that it wasn't very scenic or pleasant. Disappointing : my kids regretted going saying it was a major let down.

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wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Watts Towers were unique and awe-inspiring and well worth the trip to see them. We visited on a Saturday morning, and had no feelings of fear or trepidation about the neighborhood as others have mentioned. The staff was very helpful and you could see the pride they take in the facility. The guide for the towers enthusiastically explained the... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The towers are kind of off the beaten path, so it's a good drive by experience - there is not much else to see around here. It is inspirational however that they can be a positive influence on the neighborhood & they are fun to see!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What an interesting piece of art. To be able to see this magnificent structure and remember what happened in this area many decades ago is an experience. But please do be careful if you come here.

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Pickering, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

20 minutes from the airport, to some might feel " was it worth the drive" , but if you can appreciate art and one mans hard work , it is a beautiful work of art. Reading history of it was even more interesting. Situated in a location one would not imagine a tower in, it is truly an amazing work... More 

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have wanted to see the towers for many years. They are truly a sight to behold. The fact that one man built these towers with nothing more than his hands is just amazing! Go see the towers if you appreciate art.

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