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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 #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, CA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
47 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a favorite place for myself and many people I know to go to for the view and never enter the observatory! Yes, the observatory has lots to offer, but for me this view on a clear day makes every problem melt away. It doesn't cost anything for the view, but to enjoy the programs inside the observatory has... More

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Batesville, Mississippi
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I'm so glad we spent an evening at the Griffith Observatory. We took the observatory shuttle from the metro stop for 50 cents each! The views are absolutely amazing; I've been to LA 3 times and this was definitely the best view I've ever gotten of both the downtown area and the Hollywood sign. It was the perfect place to... More

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Linden, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Griffith Observatory, made famous by James Dean in "Rebel without a cause", is in beautiful Griffith Park. The view of LA is just beautiful and this is probably the best shot you will get of the famous Hollywood sign. Try and make this a stop on your trip.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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96 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Well worth the dicey parking situation. The observatory is stunning. Truly a work of art and the REAL star! The views over LA and the surrounding hills were magical. With plenty of outdoor space I was able to get plenty of various views over the city. Inside the observatory the incredible craftsmanship continues with painted walls/ceilings and beautiful Art-Deco design.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Best spot for taking pictures of Los Angeles, especially at night. Bring the kids. Watch the shows available there which starts at noon. Bring good quality camera!

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Sunnyvale, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We reached the Grifitth Observatory around 4pm and parked about 1/2 mile away. Cars were parked all the way down the road and the walk wasnt too bad. We took some pictures once we reached the top with Hollywood sign in the background. Lovely view! We then went to the rooftop and got a bird's eye view of LA. Nothing... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is the best location to see the Hollywood sign up close. While there you have access to view the stars in the sky high above LA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We have visited Griffith observatory multiple times. It is a good place to take kids who are really interested in space. It is free to go and the parking is free. The planetarium shows are inexpensive and fun to see. The views of LA are amazing and the grounds are great for walking around and getting good photos. There is... More

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Mount Kisco, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The museum is great for all ages, plenty of space outside for a picnic or just lay in the nice warm southern Cal sun. Also, awesome views of LA. Coller up top with a gentle breeze. If you have time, you can hike the many trails up the hill behind the onservatory. Parking may be an issue, so get their... More

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Santa Monica, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Nothing short of the best entertainment value in Los Angeles. Price? FREE! On your way into the park be sure to stop in for a piece of pie at the small snack stand at the entry called "The Trails". Fantastic coffee and pies. The observatory itself provides the best views of the city and Hollywood hills, period. Inside you'll find... More

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