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Watts Towers

Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213 847 4646
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Ranked #55 of 696 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Monuments & statues, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & 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: Landmarks & points of interest, Monuments & statues, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Watts Towers was one of the best things I saw on my recent trip to LA. Depending on where you're staying, it may feel a little out of the way but it is definitely worth the trip. The Towers were built over time by one man who was never classically trained as an artist. Rodia was a construction work and... More 

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California
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1,676 reviews 1,676 reviews
1,072 attraction reviews
621 helpful votes 621 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It is simply amazing that a homesick old guy created this work of art. Even cooler however is that it's been preserved and protected since his death. It's art, not architecture.

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Atascadero, California
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309 reviews 309 reviews
112 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Watts Towers is quite an interesting piece of Los Angeles's history. Made from junk piled, glued, pinned and mortared together over a lifetime this one man has created an icon of Watts and of Los Angeles. It's in a neighborhood that, well, when I see bars on all, and I mean all, the windows on all houses, when I... More 

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London, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Definitely an LA must see. Staff and tour guide were very friendly. Consists of tour and video. Make sure to check out the life sized cutout of Sam Rodia.

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Pebble Beach
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

TAKE the tour and WATCH the documentary video. This is one man's labor of love, a compulsion to express his yearning for his Italian homeland. This beautiful and creative 90 year old sculpture has survived many destructive events in the community due to the extraordinary method of its illiterate self-taught architect and artist. It is a highlight of LA.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Stopped by here the day before christmas-it's basically a fenced off area that is much smaller than anticipated. There was no tour that day, so they really wasn't much to see. You glance at the sculpture, which takes about 5 minutes, then..you're done. Unless you a true architecture/history buff, I would skip this attraction. (One of the cooler things to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We visited on a Wednesday, unfortunately no tour that day. However, we were welcomed by Fred who we chatted with for a while and he shared some interesting history about the Towers and the area. Thanks Fred, you made our visit!! The staff inside were equally nice and took us in to watch the video about Simon Rodia and his... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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65 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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