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Griffith Observatory

Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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Ranked #3 of 308 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Zaragoza, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

As many reviewers are saying, the views from the Observatory are great, but I was really surprised by how well the museum was organized. There are lots of simple interactive stations, that don't take too long to play with, but allow to clearly understand each subject. The building is also beautiful and special attention has been placed in the atmosphere... More

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Tampa, Florida
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250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I was lucky enough to be in the LA area again, and had a chance to go back to the Griffith Observatory. I arrived around 2pm on a Sunday, and after looking for parking spot for 30 minutes, I decided to leave and go get lunch somewhere else and try again later. I got back around 430pm, and found a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Not that much to see in the Observatory but fantastic views over Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. I would recommend you arrive just before sunset so you get the Hollywood sign during the day and Los Angeles at night.

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Houston, Texas
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60 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

As reviewers have stated, the parking is ridiculous, but you get to hike up to the observatory while enjoying the truly amazing views (and heat). Breathtaking! Every view is a photo op and you get the best view of the Hollywood sign. We decided to pay for the Planetarium show which was so informative and beautiful. Weather permitting, this is... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory is a must-do in Los Angeles. The view from the observatory is fantastic and the museum very interesting with clear and easy-to-understand explanations. We saw one paid show in the planetarium, "Light of the Valkyries", that was well made and educational. I wish I could have seen the other shows as well.

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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place! I was there during the daytime and could not believe the gorgeous views! I went back at night and it was just as stunning. Definitely a great place for families.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building lots to see and read It has a great feeling about the place Wonderful views Only down side was quite busy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were visiting Los Angeles from Houston and were recommended to go to the Griffith Observatory. We arrived on a Tuesday around noon which is opening time. The views are indeed breathtaking, you can see all the way to the ocean Lots of walking and hiking trails and people enjoying nature The only down side, parking is real chaos so... More

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Great spot to view Los Angeles form the top of the world! We were there the night of the partial solar eclipse. The museum was interesting and worth a walk through. They have a planetarium show which we did not attend. There were too many other exhibits to look at.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Picture perfect views. Great to take a break and relax a while. Interesting once you get inside but the time you expend there really is in the outside enjoying the views. You can see the hollywood sign from here. There are excellent bathrooms there. Is avisit you must do not just eatch it from tv lol.

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