We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
Website
Improve this listing
)
Ranked #5 of 399 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
Write a Review

4,275 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    2,750
    1,318
    183
    17
    7
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Swindon
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
73 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Visited here as the place to view the "Hollywood" sign. Parking is free and we were lucky enough to find a space at the top car park. You may have to park on the road and walk up the hill to the Observatory but it is worth it. Nice view of the sign and we timed our arrival to watch... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Munich, Germany
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

We didn't go inside, just walked round the building and enjoyed the fantastiv view of L.A.! Parking is for free, walk from the parking lot to the overlook takes just 3 minutes. Absolutely must see when in L.A., even when only stopping by for a couple of minutes!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

While I am no longer a resident of Los Angeles, I always, always make a point of coming here for a few hours to watch the sunset and the city lights come on. It's fantastic for people-watching too. You get a nice mix of locals, people new to LA and tourists passing through on fleeting visits. The staff are awesome,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We went to the observatory with our 3 kids (9,13,14) and had a great time. The trails up the mountain were a lot of fun.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chennai (Madras), India
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Liked the Great views of LA and the good location close to Hollywood Blvd. The access to the place is really good as we have free shuttles from the Observatory. We could also see the Hollywood sign prominently from the place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Welland, Canada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This is a place you have to go to, even if you're not a science/astronomy nut. The grounds are beautiful, the views are breathtaking, and the overall feeling is one of awe. The night we went, there were people out on the grounds with telescopes that they would let you look through. The moon was almost full, and we had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbus, Indiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

had a few hours to kill before boarding the red-eye home on a sunday evening and as I was in the Griffith Park area, decided to visit this historic site - the only regret that I have is not having visited it before. From the amount of traffic, vast number of cars parked along the side the road lining the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Windermere, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Parking was a bit of an ordeal and was extremely crowded, but still well worth the time. Beautiful twilight view of the city , hope to visit on a less busy evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mullsjo, Sweden
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Griffith observatory is really a must. Fantastic view both of the city and the Hollywood sign and very good and entertaining museum.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

This place has the best views! You can see all of LA and the Hollywood Sign from this mountain top and the architechture is very serene.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Griffith Observatory also viewed

 

Been to Griffith Observatory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing