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Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213 847 4646
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers...
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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We were amazed at the creativity of one man who built this by his own hands. We were not there on a day that they had guided tours, but the adjacent museum was cool too

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were amazed at the creativity of one man who built this by his own hands. We were not there on a day that they had guided tours, but the adjacent museum was cool too

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los angeles, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've lived in LA all my life and only discovered the towers a few years back. The detail and dedication put towards the towers really is a marvel. A beautiful vision of art in a forgotten part of Los Angeles. Well worth a visit if you make it to the city. You won't be disappointed : )

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I went with my family to find these beautiful towers because I had read a little about them before I arrived. The are pretty well hidden in a little bit of a run down area but my god were they inspiring. One man's dream to create these beautiful french got his style towers out of recycled materials is unbelievable. The... More 

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Long Beach, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Step off the beaten path and immerse yourself into a vision of one man. Approach it with an open mind. Prepare to be transformed. Prepare to leave with his magic still a part of you. The guided tour is well worth it, spend some time here soaking up a vision of one man. Let it seep into your bones. I... More 

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Lubbock, TX
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Although our recent trip to Los Angeles was to focus on another museum exhibition, we elected to take some time and go see the Watts Towers. What a wonderful experience! The mind cannot barely comprehend the drive and artistic vision of Sam Rodia, an italian immigrant who arrived in the US at 15. He worked around the country before settling... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I had been to LA several times and always meant to see this. Even if the artwork itself doesn't interest you, it's a bit fun to make the trip and see the "other" side of LA, as most tourist attractions inevitably focus on the wealth, glitz, and glamour of LA. It's a quiet, uncrowded attraction, in a neighborhood full of... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

To call the result of 34 years of night and weekend labor for italian immigrant Simon Rodia begining in 1921 unique is an understatement. What is more valuable is that it serves as an anchor for a park and art gallery/museum about the history of Watts. For those of us old enough to remember the explosion of violence and fear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Just something special to see. Wish it was open for us to walk through the towers!! Must see great selfie moment!!

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I reluctantly accompanied my husband to the The Watts Towers, but was glad I did in the end. Some of the areas we drove through to get there made me a little uneasy, but once we got to the Tower it was a beautiful piece of urban art. The story behind the junk is what makes it most interesting. I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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