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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
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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This is a very nice astronomical observatory right on top of the hill. If you have kids you should surely get them here as there is so much to learn. You can visit this place by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice astronomical observatory right on top of the hill. If you have kids you should surely get them here as there is so much to learn. You can visit this place by a cab if you don't have your own car. Though it is connected by public transport you would have to change a lot of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great view of city. Do not miss! This site is located in Griffith park and offers excellent views of LA.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit. The museum is very interesting and the iMAX theatre is awesome, go and see a show there! The view of LA from the observatory is fantastic as well, an added bonus to the trip.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

There is a free day every month. It does get very congested but if you can bear the crowds the views are breathtaking. It offers a perspective of Los Angeles that you may only see from the Hollywood Hills but with a lot less stressful driving/parking. The observatory itself offers plenty to learn from and look at that one would... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Nice view of the Los Angeles downtown, beautiful nature. It's better to visit on weekdays to avoid the crowd. More you can get new information about Earth and universe and see how Tesla coil works =)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign. Would recommend going before sunset to see the postcard like views of sun drenched LA.

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Pittsford, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This place is a hidden gem and I would highly recommend it for families with children of all ages. My wife and I went alone and wished we would have brought our daughter along. What a great learning experience the place can provide. Go early as parking was very limited and it took us a while to find a parallel... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This place offers a spectacular view of the city and some interesting science exhibits. Unfortunately, when too busy there is a hike from where they stop the traffic up to the observatory, which is not pleasant during the hot summer days (to be avoided). In my opinion, if your time is limited, you should go to the Gettys and enjoy... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This should be on everyones to see list in Los Angeles. we did not realize that the park had so much more to offer than just the Observatory. As a traveling educational type family we love museums and other semi educational stops along the path, this was one of the best.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Fantastic views and a LA must see although you can see it very clearly on Grand Theft Auto...much better in real life. It is just iconic and five stars without even waiting to look through the telescope, the queue was far too long. There was a lot of cars in a race to the top to see the sunset but... More 

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