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Griffith Observatory

Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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Ranked #4 of 315 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Silver Spring, Maryland
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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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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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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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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

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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