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Watts Towers

1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
213 847 4646
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Ranked #36 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an attraction that should not be missed. I lived here for 30 years before going and it is amazing. You should definitely take a tour to get all of the history behind the towers and they also have a short movie with more info.

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As a National Historical Landmark, the Watts Towers is well worth the visit. The area is not nearly as shady as I was lead to beieve. There is a Metro stop within easy walking distance. To get into see the building closer you must take a guided tour, which for some can seem quite expensive. Definitely watch the video. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

First of all the photo's here do not begin to show the creativity of this place. In photo they just look like steel, but they are so much more that you must see. It is not just towers, but the creation is actually a ship. This creation is in the back yard of his house. Not much of the house... More

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Covina, California, USA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Watts Towers is a folk art creation, built by a single man who had an idea that he wanted to "do something big" and boy, he did! There is an art center, park, and outdoor amphitheater on the property, but the reason to go is to see the Towers. They are amazing. There is really no way to describe... More

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Portland, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a really enjoyable short tour (1 hour) of a fascinating piece of naive artistry. It's a fairly big time investment--off the beaten track--and so possibly not worth it if you have a lot of other must-dos and no reason to be passing through on the 105 Freeway. But it is fascinating, inspiring, strange and wonderful. You have to... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Watt's Towers is an incredibly underrated and often missed public art piece in Los Angeles. I have met many people from LA who have never heard of it. It is a humbling experience to visit and learn about this incredible piece of art. It is more in the South Central area - daytime during the week trip if possible. The... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Watts Towers were high on my list of things to see and are definitely worth the trip, even if you arrive after the last tour leaves like we did. The Towers are in the poor end of Los Angeles so they’re a bit of a trip from Hollywood but they’re worth it. Simon Rodia built some fantastic towers and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I was struck and felt awe in front of the Watts towers, towers built by a humble but very gifted man in Watts, a suburb of Los Angeles where normally one would not go. It is really worth the visit, one remains shocked by the ability of building such beautiful "light" but durable and sturdy pinnacles that recall Gaudi's work,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As seen in a few music videos and there's a very similar landmark in the video game "Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas". I got there by taking the metro and getting off at Watts. Then it's a 5-10 minute walk to the Towers. Of course I was a bit wary of walking through Watts/Compton but it was hassle free... More

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