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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #6 of 385 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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views from the Observatory. Great for pictures. You can see the Hollywood sign from far and the city. Amazing!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a great retreat when you're sick of running around LA. There's a fascinating story to be told and the view overlooking the city is incredible. You can queue for half an hour to have a look in the main telescope and try not to fall on your face when you walk up the steps and bend over to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great view on LA, best place to take a picture of Hollywood sign. Free parking on sight. Nice park around with a lots of hike trails.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I've visited LA before but I had to visit the Griffith Observatory again. I don't remember the breath taking views I experienced this time, last time. We arrived about 2 hours before closing. It took about an hour to park - it was so full - cars were lined up for miles (seemed like). Finally I told my husband to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting LA and want to see everything, don't forget to stop by the Griffith Observatory. This place has breath taking view of the entire Los Angeles and you will also have chance to see real stars or planets. They have several telescope accessible to the visitors, and admission is free / unless you want to see a... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Form and function are both enthralling at Griffith Observatory. The view is beautiful and the building itself, built by the WPA in the 1930s, is a lovely example of art deco style with attention to every detail. It houses a fantastic exhibit hall and observatory as well as a planetarium. Among the fun things to do is observe a working... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We arrived almost an hour before it opened and the parking lot was full. The view was spectacular even on an overcast day. We saw a small wedding on the overlook. We enjoyed the exhibits, the planetarium show, and the cafe. It was a highlight of our trip.

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Warwick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There are 3 or 4 different hour long planetarium shows to choose from. We attended the most frequently offered and classic of the hour long offerings, called Center of Creation which is a history of our place in the universe and discoveries in astronomy presented on a dome with both stars represented and video projections of historical scenes. The format... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory was definitely one of the highlights of our recent trip to LA. The views from the top at night are just spectacular! The building itself it gorgeous, and the show in the planetarium is inexpensive but very entertaining. The only downside is that it can take quite a while to get up to the Observatory with the... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Parking is not easy but with some patience you will eventually find a spot. Take binoculars if you have one. You would see the city from very high elevation, the Hollywood sign and obviously the observatory itself which is very educational. Don't miss going to the top to see the huge telescope (but can't use it!)

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