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Watts Towers

Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213 847 4646
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Ranked #43 of 317 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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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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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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27 helpful votes 27 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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21 helpful votes 21 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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