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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 #4 of 369 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Finally took the time to go up here and it was worth the trip. The building itself is very cool. I loved the display of the history of the universe with jewelry. Awesome views of the Hollywood sign and area. One issue is parking. we went on a Saturday and were lucky to find parking not too far but it... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great place right in the middle of L.A. The views are outstanding and the educational displays inside are great. It tends to get very crowded but outside there is plenty of room to move around. This would definitely be a great place to go as a family!

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North West
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit, with or without children. Favourite part was the planetarium shows which they'd obviously put a lot of effort into and were very enjoyable. Didn't eat in the restaurant but looked very good and the giftshop had a wide range of astronomical merchandise to entertain everyone. Good parking facilities for the disabled.

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Perth, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a private tour guide on day 1 of our itinerary and we were not taken here. On day 4 we got a hire car and came here. It was fantastic! What great views and a great overview of this fine city. Though the views are limited by smog....well they were for us anyway, but we still loved it.... More

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory is a real terrific place to take a 9 year old whether they are interested in astronomy or not. The building itself is a beautiful specimen of 1930's Art Deco. The views of the HOLLYWOOD sign and Los Angeles are amazing and worth the trip on their own, as well as the walk through Griffith Park that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We been on a 6 week roadtrip around western usa and visited griffith the first week we were here with a great track up to the observatory and now on the last day of our trip we have return for a last look at LA from the top and with an amazing sunset :) oh yeah and you get a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view of the city and the Hollywood sign. Nice place to relax and ejoy the moments. The film shows they put on are really entertaining and informative.

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Austin, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the spots you shouldn't miss when you travel to LA. Doesn't matter if its day or night, this place gives spectacular views of the city. Lots of educational stuffs are also in there and they are free (including parking). But be careful if you are visiting this place during weekend, you will see a lot of... More

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Cheshire
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Amazing panoramic views of hollywood sign and the entire city. The visit to Griffin had a really historic and symbolic feel to it, families, kids, tourists..you feel for everyone there its a very special place indeed. Also great to be at he same spot as at the start of Terminator.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great place to see LA in all its splendor. Also good view of Hollywood Sign. Parking is kinda bananas but if you hang out a spot almost always opens up. Or you can park on the street lower and trek up. Either way, the sciencey stuff is cool too. I particularly liked the tesla coil.

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