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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-473-0800
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Ranked #6 of 390 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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Hamilton
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It's getting older but still draws crowds from all over by listening to the different languages being spoken. On weekdays it doesn't open until noon. Many folks came and went without ever getting inside to view the display or seeing the film presentations. The showing onto the inside of the dome roof is unique but lacks definition. It's not crisp... More

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Sidney, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place. A lot of fun. Inside is pretty cool. U can see something that u never seen. U can see the earth is moving, how the earth is moving, The telescope, How the poeple explore about the nights and days, than time zones, periodic syste of elements and u can watch and explore the starts from the the biggest... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Although we didn't go inside to see the exhibits, and we didn't have time to locate the planetarium, what we did see was pretty darn amazing. It's a wide view atop the city and a popular place to watch the sunset. There's a bit of smog/pollution fuzzing up the picture, but it's still impressive to go atop the building rooftop... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Classic LA attraction. Parking can be tricky at peak times, but the views awaiting you up top are well worth the hike!

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Laguna Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I wish they could have been open earlier. We got here early since it was REALLY (105) HOT but they weren't open. It could have been nice at night but we had too much to do to come back. I've heard Griffith Park can be rough at night

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I love hiking here. It's the ultimate reward. What a beautiful view!!!! It's free and you have the most beautiful view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!! A must see Check the schedule before coming to see what time the movie is playing... It's worth it. You sit inside the dome like building and the screen is actually on... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Totally worth it... if you want to get a closer view of Hollywood sign and to watch the LA skyline... Only problem... parking situation was terrible on a random weekend.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Nice place to see the Hollywood sign take some fotos and learn about the universe... The place is very well located and you have a great view of all the city.

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Midwest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Or at least for the most part. The views of LA from there are wonderful! You can see it in pictures online from friends or search engine searches, but there is nothing like actually being there. I would have loved to have gone there for a sunrise or sunset, but it was nice being there regardless. Full-on science centers will... More

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Udine, Italy
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The location is great! North of downtown Los Angeles, in a very large and nice forest. The observatory includes very nice exhibitions about astronomy, very useful from the educational perspective. At sunset time, just on the other side of the entrance of the Observatory, you have beautiful views on the city! ONE of THE TOP VISITS in LA!

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