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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 368 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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Los Angeles, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My fiancee and I were passing through LA for a month. We decided to pay this place a visit and we were pleasantly educated on the premises. There's a gorgeous panoramic view over the cityscape and if you pass by around sunset time, be prepared for a breathtaking experience. Yes, the fog DOES make for a beautiful lighting accent and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Best Things for Free in Los Angeles is a short list, but the Griffith Observatory at 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles is certainly one of them. Great displays, great vista views, and Free Parking!

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's not that i didn't have a good time visiting this place, but the observatory was closed so i can't speak for the experience in that aspect. although i was able to walk around the observatory which was nice. the view of the Hollywood sign was the best for taking clear photos of it. you can also take nice panoramic... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A must see for all the history that is contained within. As well of a view of the city's night lights. Its pretty impressive.

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We started at the Griffith Observatory and hiked to the Hollywood sign, it was a long hike but so worth it. The views were great the entire time and there were clean bathrooms there as well which was a plus for our group.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Observatory itself is fantastic. There is so much to see inside and of course the awesome views around it. But there is also the park and hiking trails! And its free!!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I've been to this observatory a few times now and really enjoy what it has to offer. If you have kids, this is a must visit place.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wow, what can I say. A great place to view the pheonoman of the moon. From thus vantage point not only did LA look great but mother nature suited up and gave a show. I think it was a nice social gathering place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is from far the best place to visit in Los Angeles. The best part is the Super View, including the traditional view of the Hollywood Sign and the panoramic view of Los Angeles!! To reach the observatory you will pass a nice neighborhood and park. I went there on a Tuesday afternoon, so parking was relatively easy. Inside the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

In addition to the indoor activities, it is good for hiking at nearby hills. Overlook at the city of Los Angeles is wonderful, especially the sunset. Facing the Hill, you can see the "HOLLYWOOD" sign.

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