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Watts Towers

1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
213 847 4646
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Ranked #42 of 391 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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wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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55 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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