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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 #6 of 391 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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Bristol
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We drive up there on a late afternoon, don't be fooled though it can get busy. The planetarium was amazing. You can get some stunning photos overlooking LA, a beautiful sight. It just has to be done. The drive up to it is beautiful too. As you near the top, you go through the tunnels (used in back to the... More

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

for the space afficionados, this is a mandatory visit. Is a cool place to take picture of the Hollywood sign and of the city landscape.

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Brisbane, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Went here with a few friends unfortunately it was closed at the time so we just walked around it, amazing views of all of Los Angeles! Great to breath some good fresh air and to get yourself out of the hussle and bussle that is hollywood!

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Zhytomyr, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Here is a very beautiful view on Los Angeles as well as Hollywood see-sight. Also it's pretty interesting to meet with physics and astronomy science

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The main reason I visited Griffith Observatory was to see the Hollywood Sign.......an over rated hard to see sign. After that initial disappointment I turned to the observatory which offered fantastic views of LA itself. The building is spectacular to look at and is even nicer inside. There are many space related exhibits throughout the building, it really opened my... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited January 2013 So I can't say that I went to the Griffith observatory to go into the observatory-- I went to gain some of the best views of the Hollywood sign ever. Parking was atrocious, but it was only for 15 minutes or so and I was out of there.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Totally free and a great experience with a dynamite view. Inside was interesting displays for everyone including children.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I've been here twice. Once in winter and once in summer. Both times have been spectacular. The show (Center of the World?) was absolutely superb and worth the money.

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A return visit - and worthwhile as usual. Great views of the city. We were there during the day this time, but have been there at sunset and later in the evening. Each timeframe holds its own benefits. As the lights come on below it is a beautiful spot to stand. On our first visit a number of years ago... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a must if you are in the area. It is clearly very popular so arrive early if you want to park in the car park at the top near to the Observatory. A fascinating range of information to view. A perfect lesson in astronomy for my 7 and 10 year old children (which they could follow) and as... More

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