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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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As featured in Los Angeles for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #6 of 391 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Almost perfect view on the city, except the smog layer. Normally the ocean should have been visible, but not at our visit. Parkin is another weak point: so many visitors and so few parking space. Cars can be left along the hill road.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

An interesting place to visit, as well as offering a good view of the famous Hollywood sign. Parking can be difficult on a busy day, and make sure you park facing the right direction. We picked up a ticket, not realising (being from the UK) that it is illegal to park facing the wrong direction.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The best time to visit is definitely sunset, it's amazing. The observatory is over 1000 feet above see level so it's quite a hike up and I wouldn't recommend that at night. Unfortunately, parking is a nightmare as well, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to find a spot and walk around. The views of downtown Los Angeles... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Visited spontaneously around 8pm one night and was so happy I did. A Stunning view of greater Los Angeles. Didn't catch a show inside but the exhibits looked wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Nice place to get breathtaking views of LA and the Hollywood sign. The observatory is also quite nice for a short visit

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Great views from this observatory. There is some science museum inside of it, which is nice for children, but not as much for adults. Take about 30 minutes to walk around and enjoy the views, take more time if you're with children and want to explore the museum.

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

What a concept! We would visit the Griffith Observatory for a Saturday night date, look out through their giant telescope, take in the planetarium show. We didn't realize we shared that dream with half of Los Angeles. The traffic jam started below the Greek Theater and continued all the way up the hill. Parking near the observatory was filled and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Fab views of the city at dusk/night and of the Hollywood sign. Long walk up the hill if there is an event going on in the nearby venue. Really enjoyable interactive area inside, about our solar system; large telescopes set up outside once it was dark and people were allowed to look through them at no fee. Although it was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place to go to. Free to get in. Lots of parking available. Great views of the skylines of the city and the Hollywood sign. Very peaceful. Didn't go to planetarium as we didn't have time. Exhibits were cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Really loved our trip up to see this, we didn't go inside but did the photo op thing all around, would have loved more time here to have a good look around. The views are amazing and the walking tracks look like a great place to do a bit of exercise. I'll be back next time we're in town.

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