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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Munich, Germany
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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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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Arrive early and plan to spend several hours here. The displays are nice but the planetarium show is just wonderful. After the show, hike to the top of the Griffith Park hills and view the city below. It used to be really smoggy but over the years, Los Angeles has cleaned up their air a lot. There is a natural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

What can I say. I think griffith observatory is a must do if you are either local to Los Angeles or like me a tourist. Nice drive up to the observatory through woodland. Parking up in busy season can be hit or miss but plenty parking on the road up if a few minutes walk suits you. Public toilets accessible,... More 

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Livingston, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This was a wonderful hike, followed by exceptional views at the Observatory. I would not miss out on the hiking. Its very easy, and the path os an old fire road so its wide and although steep at points, it is not dangerous. It will give even the smallest child a sense of accomplishment when they finish the hike. If... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Leonard Nemoy donated millions to redo the Griffith Observatory into a complete modern observatory. A bit difficult to get to, but well worth the effort. Many displays, well worth the time. Of course you will recognize the building from some Hollywood movies that were filmed there.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Loved my first visit here despite the crowds. Would have been even better if the weather had been clearer. I will definitely return and hopefully on a very clear day with smaller crowds so I can get the full experience.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

If you want to get a good sense of how expansive the Los Angeles area is, head up to Griffith Observatory/Griffith Park. It's definitely the best view of LA (unless you're dining at the top of the new Ritz Carlton in downtown LA). It is right about the famous Hollywood sign. A perfect night thing to do before a late... More 

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Allentown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The traffic going up to park at the observatory was horrendous, but once you arrive you'll realize it is worth it. The views of LA were beautiful. It was a little foggy, but not too bad. The exhibits were nice and interactive, especially the one of the planets. We didnt' make it to the shows. You can go on the... More 

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