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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #6 of 391 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Every angeleno should visit the observatory at least once if you are a Los Angeles native. Cool place to visit, Hollywood sign next door.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We initially went up here to get a good view of the hollywood sign and discovered the little gem inside. Got some excellent photos outside the observatory of LA and Hollywood hills and signs. We went inside and went to one of the planitarium shows. It was $7 each but well worth it, spectacular show about the northern lights and... More

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Chelmsford
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17 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not interested in the stars, science, etc, take a drive up here. The observatory is actually very good, and a welcome place to eat, drink or use the bathrooms. You can also stop off in the national park you drive through too, but also ... 1) you get a good view of the HOLLYWOOD sign, although... More

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Los Angeles, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I am amazed at the amount of wildlife and natural beauty that still surrounds this place. The famous Hollywood sign can be seen from here. The views of the city from the observatory are amazing, as is all that you will find inside as well.

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Virginia Beach, Va
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Bad parking getting to the place but once there its very nice. Great views I think when its not foggy from pollution. The outdoor areas are nice..Great views of the Hollywood Sign..

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sunnytraveler2
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

So many visits to LA and this jewel went undiscovered. I've been to many well known observatories and they were ho-hum but this place is like no other. The nighttime views of this sparkling city do justice to the glitz and glam making this a most livable place.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Well maintained, well run, this place is a must if you are visiting LA. The sightlines from the observing deck are unparalleled in Los Angeles. You get an amazing panoramic view, it's free entry and the displays are fascinating. Even if you go just for the view from the observation deck, do it. It's an amazing experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I especially like the laser light shows set to rock music....really fabulous. But come early and just enjoy the scenery from atop this mountain and also enjoy the city lights after the performance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The observatory is cool and the hike trails nearby are great. There is a salsa festival every summer. Don't miss it!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you are curious about the nature of things. If you love the beautiful architecture particular to LA. If you like an amazing view. If you want to spend a day somewhere special, this is it.

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