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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #5 of 397 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Observation Decks/ Towers
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... more » 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. « less
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361 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I have a slightly different take on the Griffith Park Observatory than most TripAdvisor writers. It is an absolutely crazy mad hot place to hold a party in the Summer. Great view of le tout L.A., no close neighbors to complain about noise. Party hearty!

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Good place to get an impression of the size of LA. Plus it adds another nice photospot with the hollywood sign in the background. Worth the drive up.

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Columbus, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I came on a late Friday evening and traffic towards the observatory became sluggish around the two mile mark. Parked cars on the side of the road can be observed closer to the venue, which is a good cue to start searching for parking. The observatory is free to the public. It is a large venue that offers numerous interactive... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Luckily we were in LA for the monthly walk/talk from the Observatory. Superb views of the city, an interesting talk (though the scientist pedant in me just resisted correcting the slightly incorrect speed of light given by the speaker), and even several hummingbirds flitting around at the start of the talk. Fortunately we Ubered there and back, as the traffic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

A trip down memory lane in Physics. Eclipses, planets, views, stars etc The museum is filled with information and great exhibits. I would highly recommend this to any science lovers.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for a spot, where you can see the Hollywood sign and the L.A. area at the same time, then come here, especially for sunset! There is nothing compared to the experience, when L.A. gets illuminated for the night - absolutely incredible. Once you are finished enjoying the view, take the time and watch one of the... More

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Tucson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Got to the observatory around 10am, and admired the view but the building doesn't open till noon. Left and came back at 12:30 and the lot was overflowing with cars parked along both roads leading up. We rode around for a half hour looking for a space and finally left. Very disappointing. Maybe a tram could bring people up from... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to the Observatory, and first time seeing the LA skyline at night. The planetarium show was a masterpiece both in its technical quality and its delivery by the live narrator. Don't miss this vista or the exhibits.

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Oslo, Norway
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Start your visit to Hollywood by driving up to the observatory to get a nice view. Inside the observatory there are a lot of science installations and things to learn. Be sure to see the Tesla coil in action.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Great attraction if visiting Los Angeles! Very informative displays inside about our planet, other planets, space exploration via telescopes and many other interesting things! If you stick around till night fall, you can view the moon, Saturn, etc. through one of the large telescopes. Many very knowledgeable staff people on hand to answer questions etc. Also great views of L.A.... More

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