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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #6 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Form and function are both enthralling at Griffith Observatory. The view is beautiful and the building itself, built by the WPA in the 1930s, is a lovely example of art deco style with attention to every detail. It houses a fantastic exhibit hall and observatory as well as a planetarium. Among the fun things to do is observe a working... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We arrived almost an hour before it opened and the parking lot was full. The view was spectacular even on an overcast day. We saw a small wedding on the overlook. We enjoyed the exhibits, the planetarium show, and the cafe. It was a highlight of our trip.

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Warwick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There are 3 or 4 different hour long planetarium shows to choose from. We attended the most frequently offered and classic of the hour long offerings, called Center of Creation which is a history of our place in the universe and discoveries in astronomy presented on a dome with both stars represented and video projections of historical scenes. The format... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory was definitely one of the highlights of our recent trip to LA. The views from the top at night are just spectacular! The building itself it gorgeous, and the show in the planetarium is inexpensive but very entertaining. The only downside is that it can take quite a while to get up to the Observatory with the... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Parking is not easy but with some patience you will eventually find a spot. Take binoculars if you have one. You would see the city from very high elevation, the Hollywood sign and obviously the observatory itself which is very educational. Don't miss going to the top to see the huge telescope (but can't use it!)

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I parked "near" the top... it was a good little cardio workout. My daughter loved it and the entire area was beautiful. fantastic trails all around, and tell your girlfriend to wear comfortable shoes

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Arrived here early enough to get a car parking space. The views from the observatory and the area around are stunning, and the planetarium is well worth a ticket.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Perfect to watch the sunset from here. There's 360 degree views of the city as well as a planetarium for young and old to discover! Parking and traffic is pretty busy around dusk so it's recommended to head there a bit earlier!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Get a good workout and park at the bottom, I like to bring the dog too so we can all enjoy they view from the top

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We visited The Griffith Park Observatory – this is a great place, both for daytime visits and nighttime visits. The view of Los Angeles in the afternoon was great and I would imagine that it was fantastic at night as well. The building is beautiful and according to Griffiths will it is free of charge to enter. It was very... More

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