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Griffith Observatory

Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Observation decks & towers, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles...
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Observation decks & towers, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission and parking are free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Located at an altitude, gives you a good view of the "City of Light". I went there when it was almost closing time, so didn't see any shows inside the observatory, but the view itself makes up for it. Hard to find a parking though.

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Naantali, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

this is the place, where you can see whole Los Angeles. It is a very fine view in daylight and night. Is is a little difficult to find the way there. Yhe other probles is parking. There are not much parking lots in near of observatory. Sometimes is better to leave car few hundred yards before the observatory and walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

On our first night in Los Angeles we hiked up the hill to the Griffith Observatory and watched the sun set over Los Angeles. The view from the outside is spectacular and the fascinating information and displays inside were well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Pasadena before going on a Road Trip up to Monterey and back, and used the Sheraton there as our base to explore Los Angeles. Top of the list was the Griffith Observatory, our first trip up was on Sunday, and showers limited the view, lots of people in the Observatory, parking was difficult. Second trip was in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Griffith Observatory was very interesting and informative. The exhibits were excellent and so were the facilities. Everything was free except for the planetarium show, which was cheap and excellent and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Griffith Observatory has something for everyone. Great view, good hiking, cool science stuff, amazing art deco architecture, pretty good cafe and gift shop, and one of the very best views of the Hollywood sign.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We were a little disappointed to discover that they were closed when we arrived but we were still able to explore the area and take in some of the views. Tip: There are plenty of parking spots available at the top of the hill so don't feel that you need to try and park along the road on your way... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The most interesting part was seeing the scale models of the planets. It was fascinating to see how the sizes relate to each other and even stepping on the scale to see how much you would weigh on each planet. It's easy to navigate through the observatory and the views are astounding. This is definitely worth checking out, especially since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Love this place, I used to go here as a kid and now took my own children. We hiked up from the bottom of the hill to the observatory, watched one of the fabulous shows and then hiked back down. A fab day, just be careful going down hill. It is very sandy and slippery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Griffith is still one of the BEST kept secrets in LA. Such a beautiful place to see the world, and beyond. Lovely hike, not for the elderly but also not too hard for the out of shape. On a windy day it is the BEST...

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