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Griffith Observatory

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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the...
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.
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We were visiting our son and his girlfriend and my son knew I always liked the movie " Rebel with out a cause", So we went from Silver Lake over the Griffith Park. He drove up the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Littleton, Colorado
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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were visiting our son and his girlfriend and my son knew I always liked the movie " Rebel with out a cause", So we went from Silver Lake over the Griffith Park. He drove up the road to the parking lot and quickly discovered that the parking is some what limited...the parking God blessed us..as we turned into the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This area is a good spot to view the shining lights of LA without the noise. It can get a little bit crowded and parking can be scarce during weekends, therefore weekdays would be better and perhaps a little bit after 8 or 9 would be better if you want to avoid walking for half a mile since there's no... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If I have the time when I'm in LA, I always head to Griffith. Great for shutterbugs, never fail to get breathtaking views of downtown LA and the surroundings. Highly recommended to check out at least once when you're in the city of angels!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to visit and view this attraction, and I'm so pleased we did. On a clear night one can see Los Angeles in its entirety. Spectacular. The two shows in the 185 sweater auditorium are absorbing, interesting and have the 'wow' factor.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Including the famous Hollywood sign. The location itself is famous for all of the movie scenes, starting with "Rebel Without a Cause" with James Dean. The observatory inside is pretty nice but we didn't have time to see the show at the Planetarium. Parking is limited and it was crowded when we went (on a weekend). That's about the only... More 

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Long Island, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It's pretty simple: You have to go. I spent an hour and change walking around the observatory on a recent trip not having expected to end up there, and it's a place I simply must return to. The views during dusk are amazing - expansive views of the city, fun exhibits, and plenty to see and experience. I'm not sure... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Be sure to take the Vermont Ave route to carpark to avoid a long hike up the hill. (Our version of Tom Tom got it wrong!). Once there we enjoyed great views and interesting exhibits in the observatory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I walked from the train station all the way to the top due to the shuttle buses only working on weekends. It was a very hot walk but worth it getting to the top. The view is of the whole of LA and you can see the Hollywood sign from there too. Even inside it has some interesting exhibits about... More 

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Midwest
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We didn't have time to go into the observatory, but this place is well worth the drive just for the views of the city. To one side is the Hollywood sign and the hills it is perched on. To the other sides are beautiful panoramas of the city below. Absolutely gorgeous. Parking is free - though I'd imagine it is... More 

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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We went for sun set. To save disappointment check the opening times. It was closed when we went. Limited parking in car park but we parked on the road and walked up the hill. A lovely view of the Hollywood sign but it's not very close you can drive up the hills for a much much closer view.. Well worth... More 

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