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Griffith Observatory

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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the...
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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Finaly a nice place

This is a quiet nice place in the running city of L.A. Many people scared me about the rattle snakes, but I haven't seen any. It was a place where I would sit long times. :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is a quiet nice place in the running city of L.A. Many people scared me about the rattle snakes, but I haven't seen any. It was a place where I would sit long times. :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is where you get the best view of LA. Observatory itself is amazing with so much educational stuff to offer. Hiking up here is enjoyable. Once you get to the top; view is stunning. Besides it's been a backdrop to so many films including the first film I starred in. Therefore it is the perfect photo location and perfect... More 

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It's an observatory with many hiking trails in the vicinity. We were there on a Sunday and there were tons of people, so parking can be a bit difficult. People go there not only for the view but for hiking as well. The observatory has displays of the universe, and if you want to see the planetarium show, you will... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

High atop the hillls of LA, it is here that you can ponder the existential. Through wonderfully orchestrated media presentations as well s well designed exhibits, one can better understand our place in the universe put things into perspective,

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The planetarium show is worth the few bucks. The woman who tells the story of the stars has the most soothing voice and great storytelling ability! We also got some great shots of downtown LA from here.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was a really good morning out. The location gives a splendid view of the Hollywood sign. It is free entry and has very good quality hands on exhibits. Parking- bit of a nightmare when we arrived on a Sunday, but it was free. It is also a suntrap, so if you are pale like me and want to explore... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

If you have time and love mountains/hiking, this is a must see place. You have to have a car to get here. Parking is hard at tiems but not impossible. You can capture a great view of the "Hollywood" sign from here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Probably one of my favorite views in LA. The drive up to the observatory is super nice and the exhibition was worth seeing. The best thing though is the view over LA. Absolutely a must when visiting the city.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This place was awesome and one of the highlights during my trip to L.A. We went in the late afternoon so we chose to do a quick hike. We made it to the Mt. Hollywood point and had great views of the city. Along the way, we ran in to one of the park council members and he was very... More 

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit while in LA. We took a day tour guide through A Day in LA Tour and we were able to get to the main entrance without any problem. We only spent about 45 minutes but definitely it is a place that you can spend the whole day. Beautiful views of LA and the Hollywood sign. If... More 

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