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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #5 of 397 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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California Hot Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

If you love astronomy this is the place! An observatory mixed with Hollywood history.. Can't be beat.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The observatory itself was not open to the public at the time of my visit. However, you can walk around the balconies or walk the many trails in the park. The view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign from this location is marvelous. Driving up to the observatory from the west, is well worth the view of the homes... More

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Owasso, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I loved getting to walk around this historic observatory that I have seen in numerous movies (Such as Rebel Without a Cause) ! You can also see all of LA lite up at night!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed getting up close to this iconic building. Great views, got some great sunset and night time pictures. We only saw some of the exhibits and didn't get to see the show as there was a totally random blackout! Not the Observatory's fault apparently a transformer had exploded in the nearby suburb. The staff handled the evacuation well and answered... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

first of all, the location of the observatory offers a great view of LA. Brings you to A trip down memory lane in Physics. Eclipses, planets, views, stars etc The museum is filled with information and great exhibits. It is definitely worth spending the time! Very educational!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The best view to see Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign. Be sure to go downstairs to see the expo on the planets and solar system.

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Wa. state
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I'm not sure that I'm being fair with my rating. It was a beautifully landscaped place with a nice view of the smog in LA. But I guess I was hoping more for a museum or science center of outer space. Maybe it was the temperature and the long walk to get there, but I wasn't that impressed. It would... More

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so IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The science and astronomy part of griffith seems like it's geared to kids and teens which is nice I supose, just not what I expected. Views of LA canyons are impressive. Parking is a nightmare on the sunday evening we went

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

OK, I first went to the Observatory because it's featured in "Rebel without a Cause." When I got there, the views were spectacular. Of course, the day I visited it was very clear (for L.A.). I have been back a couple of times, but I always seemed to hit it early in the morning or late at night. There were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We had some friends driving us all the way to the top. It was a great sunny day but visibility was a bit compromised, still a well worth visit to see the Hollywood sign and La

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