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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 #4 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
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...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, 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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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The view from Griffith is spectacular and it is a free attraction, which is always nice. Be sure to eat before you go, as there is no restaurant. The rooftop gives you a perfect view of the Hollywood sign and the skyline all the way to the ocean. The inside displays are very well done.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous view ,educational, awesome go there every time ! New look ,renovation a success Loved Nimoy theater

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Wonderful view of LA and the Hollywood sign. Parking gets a little crazy so be prepared to walk a bit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Don't miss out this spot when visiting LA. It is quite far from the city and gets very busy and packed. I had to park quite far and then had to walk upwards quite a bit. I missed the sunset and the worst thing was the hollywood sign is private and the lights don't go on at night so you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This place is jam packed for a reason... the views (360 degree) are simply stunning with almost everything LA is famous for visible (Hollywood, downtown, sea views). We had to park quite far away but the walk up was worth it. Great spot for sunset (with many people staying for this) and then the night view is even better! The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our time at the Griffith Observatory. It was a little crowded (Saturday night) but not crazy. We visited after hiking the park trails and this was a perfect ending to our day. Entry is free and $7 for shows in the planetarium which I highly recommended as we were blown away by the show we saw. We'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This is a must do when in Los Angeles. The fact that its free is another reason to stop by. We took great pictures of the Hollywood Sign and walked about. Beautiful Park and observatory.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Simply one of the best places to catch a view of the LA area. Need some extra margin of time especially if you're taking the public transport.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Griffith Observatory is a wonderful and very educational place to visit. General admission is free, however every time when we visit there it seems that it’s hard to find parking close by. Not a problem for us (but can be for some people) because the walk to the Observatory is full of amazing views of Los Angeles and the famous... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Griffith Observatory is a visitor friendly place on any day, but on a rainy day the views are spectacular and there are not too many visitors so there is parking available. We went up just for a cup of coffee and it was great. Oh, and it is completely free of cost for admission or parking.

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