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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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I've come here before as a kid and recently when hiking going up! It is absolutely amazing all the things you see inside and the wonderful views you have of all the city! Make... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've come here before as a kid and recently when hiking going up! It is absolutely amazing all the things you see inside and the wonderful views you have of all the city! Make sure to take lots of pictures!

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Thank Brian V
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love coming to the top of the city's coolest romantic view, which i know many will really agree on. On a clear day its sooo nice and beautiful. On a warm summer evening its magical and you can feel the city breath. I'm a local and always enjoy the energy of many excited tourist and just listening to all... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's free!! Go explore. Parking lot is small. You may need to park along trail leading up to observatory. There are a few shows to see that may cost minimal and some do not allow children unless it's a certain time each day. Make sure you check website. Otherwise stroll through observatory. See the city of la sprawled out in... More 

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Thank Msjersey14
Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is a must must for everybody who visit LA. The observatory is classic and does have nice space stuff to see. Parking is a pain and I recommed to take a Uber to this location.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I used to hike up there from Hollywood, it is a very nice walk - not too demanding; once you reach the summit, you can visit the observatory and enjoy beautiful views of the city from many angles, on a good day you can see very far. Good spot to see the Hollywood sign as well. The old architecture is... More 

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Thank stefano a
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was hard to get a park so had to walk a long way. The view was good but crowded. The sunset was great and recommend that. The view of the Hollywood sign was also pretty good. Worth a look I recon but not a must.

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Set atop a hill in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory is great for science and space lovers. It's set on some beautiful grounds with amazing views of the Hollywood sign. This is truly a destination to behold while traveling in Los Angeles.

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Thank Audrey S
Sun Valley, CA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent experience .....we saw the moon on the telescope, we visited both at day and night. ....the night is by far the better of the two

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Waterford, CT
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Views of the mountains and Hollywood sign are absolutely breathtaking! Parking was tricky, but free. I believe you can also take horseback tours. Great hiking opportunity!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit. Parking can be a challenge, and be sure to watch the signage (and don't park opposite to the flow of traffic since that is a violation) but it is a great outlook over LA. Can't fault this vantage point for the LA smog, but that obviously impacts the experience, and I haven't figured... More 

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