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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 #5 of 385 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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Albertville, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Free admission, fantastic views and vistas of LA, Hollywood Sign. Good scientific excursion. New Planetarium with $7 shows ($5 for elderly). Handicapped accessible, with friendly workers.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm generally not someone for museums, zoo's, etc - but you need to stop here. Be aware that you could be parking quite a walk away down a hill. The views of LA are fantastic. Very happy we stopped.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

if you want to take picture iwth the "hollywood" sign, this is a good place. but it is a bit troublesome to go there by pulic transport. you have to take the weekend suttble bus ( waiting time: 30-40 min / bus ) .

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It was a great experiencie, though I wish we had gone at night, we went at around 1pm so we only got to see the telescope but not through it. We did see the show at the planetarium which my older kid loved (8 years old). The small one (5 yrs old), took a nice nap 😀 A bit of... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Griffith Observatory was a breath-taking experience, literally. It is approximately 2km to the top with beautiful scenery to keep you entertained, then you are greeted by friendly staff, awe inspiring views and the option to purchase tickets for a show. GO EXPERIENCE THE SHOWS THEY HAVE ON OFFER! They vary from hour to hour but are very stimulating (both visually... More

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Okayama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Only con about this is that there is very little parking at the top of the hill which forces you to park down any of the 2 downhill roads. You may work up a sweat but definitely worth it. The views of L.A. Are not to be missed. Best time to go is during the golden hour; an hour before... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Having studied a physics degree, I was truly impressed by the level of depth, accessibility and quality of explanation of the museum, as it is so common for things to be "dumbed down". There were lots of friendly amateur astronomers on the lawn letting the public look through their telescopes, and there's a pretty great view of the Hollywood sign... More

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Caledonia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A long road takes you winding through Griffith Park to the top where the observatory is. Views all around overlooking the LA area and Hollywood Sign. Inside is Earth Science exhibits, also very cool and educational. Sunset hour is around 8pm, best to go early because it gets pretty crowded. Free

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

What an amazing place!!!! The views are spectacular, a must see when you are in LA, great photo opportunities and the James Dean monument was something I didn't want to miss!!!

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The Views are absolutely spectacular!! On a clear day you can see Catalina Island!!! One of the most romantic spots in the city.

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