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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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Driving up the winding road, I noticed many cars parked along the road. My son said this was a bad sign- that the parking lot at the top of the hill must be full. My plan was to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Driving up the winding road, I noticed many cars parked along the road. My son said this was a bad sign- that the parking lot at the top of the hill must be full. My plan was to drop he & my wife off for a quick visit while I cruised. We reached the summit and a car pulled out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and myself love the walking trails surrounding the area. The Trails cafe is a lovely little spot and you may even see a celeb or two! Turn on to Fern Dell from Los Feliz. We enjoy hiking up to the observatory from there. We dont always make it, we find a nice quiet secluded spot along the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Griffith Observatory is an amazing place to see Los Angeles and learn about the amazing world we live on. From the Griffith Observatory you can see great panoramic views of the city. It is also one of the areas where you can get a great picture of the Hollywood sign. The observatory is filled with hands on learning stations... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The observatory was quite crowded when we visited, on a Friday afternoon & early evening (we had to park over 10 minutes walking away). While waiting for dusk to take pictures of illuminated LA we wandered around the museum. Absolutely very interesting, but a pity that some of the explanations were not really clarifying (e.g. Foucault's proof of a rotating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Didn't go in observatory but the view of the Hollywood sign and LA is great. Would be perfect on a clear day. Bit of a walk if no car parking at the top but it's worth it

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Miramar, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Parking is difficult but the views are breathtaking. We were able to see Jupiter, a photo shoot of two models and a newly wed couple with a sunset background.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This was one of the settings from the movie "Rebel Without a Cause". It was fun to see and gave us an incredible view of LA and Hollywood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, interesting and entertaining place: science, fun, nature, amazing views. Wonderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The place is free for admission which is awesome. The Planetarium has a small ticket charge but the rest of the exhibits are free. There are plenty of hiking, walking and running trails around and its an unbelievable place to see the sun rise over LA. Its a great spot for photos!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A lot of citizens and tourists visit the Observatory, because of the view and the Observatory itself. You have great exhibitions there and IMAX 3D room. Highlight the Leonard Nimoy Events Horizons show room: a must

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