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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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As featured in Los Angeles for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #4 of 370 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I have travelled to California over 20 times and have never taken the time to visit the observatory. This time I made it a priority and it was everything I imagined and more. The views are breath taking and peaceful. The best time to go is in the evening in my opinion, you'll see LA lit up. You can also... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory is a good place to check out if you are interested in astronomy, visit the telescope and experience the 3D models of solar system, galaxy & other astronomical models.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend a visit here. Amazing 360 views of Hollywood and a perfect view of the Hollywood sign

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The primary reason I visited the observatory was to get a good view of the Hollywood sign. It's probably the closest area to see the sign unless you drive directly to it. I was glad I went though. You get a great view of LA and the observatory has very cool info if you're into astrology. The coolest thing I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

After extensive renovations, the Griffith Observatory is well worth time to visit. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sweater / jacket for when inside the highly air conditioned planetarium. World class experience. Consider getting the membership which gives you front of line access.

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Sits atop of the hill overlooking the city. Views from the roof are great from all areas. Busy in the late afternoon, early evening but the grounds are expansive so it didn't feel real crowded.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not an astronomy fan, you should come here for great views of the city and of the Hollywood sign. It was great to learn that you could purchase a telescope almost as powerful as the massive one in the dome of the observatory for about $300. The telescopes for public use are a must do. Although... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Amazing views of the Hollywood Hills. Something for everyone at this place! Not too far from the HOLLYWOOD sign.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you want to spend a great day in the park. Then spend the day at Griffith Park and when the evening comes take a small hike up to the observatory. It's free with a lot of cool exhibits, a great view of the city and Hollywood sign. Not to mention a great view of the sky. Did I mention... More

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Finally took the time to go up here and it was worth the trip. The building itself is very cool. I loved the display of the history of the universe with jewelry. Awesome views of the Hollywood sign and area. One issue is parking. we went on a Saturday and were lucky to find parking not too far but it... More

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