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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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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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Great choice for fantastic views of LA!

We had only one day in Los Angeles on our way to Anaheim and we went up to Griffith Observatory to get a better look at the Hollywood sign. What we got was so much more! We even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

We had only one day in Los Angeles on our way to Anaheim and we went up to Griffith Observatory to get a better look at the Hollywood sign. What we got was so much more! We even saw Jupiter through a telescope! Make sure you have time for the planetarium show - it was terrific!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

Such a cool place but it is lacking so much! First off they NEED to do something about parking! Too many people for so little parking! Second, they have to do something about the food. Food at this place was simply awful. Other than that, the place is great & the view is magnificent. Would recommend if you're feeling adventurous... More 

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Calala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

If you want a good photo of the Hollywood sign or the wider view over LA this is the place. Don't miss this because the view is amazing. We got some absolutely wonderful shots. If you also want to do some hiking while in LA there are some wonderful tracks around the area also.

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Monument, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We loved exploring this on a family trip to Southern California! It came highly recommended by the locals we stayed with! As I recall, there is no admission fee, and there are some wonderful displays that highlight astronomy and science, including a Tesla coil. The views from the Observatory are rather extensive. Depending on the weather & air quality, you... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Great site to visit while in the Los Angeles area. We did a night time walk up to the observatory as lots of parking had already been filled. Despite the touristy aspect and the crowds the views of the the valley and coast, by night are spectacular. There are also some educational exhibits. Also it's free to enter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I love doing the Griffith observatory hike, love going to trails cafe before heading up for the hike. The observatory is awesome. You take the stairs up in the balcony you have the view of LA and it looks amazing. I highly recommend the round room for the presentation that they do.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Went Saturday afternoon and had to park pretty far away, but didn't mind the walk. Plan extra time for that. Loved the planetarium show. Needed way more cashiers in the cafe, we were just trying to get a quick snack. Gorgeous views.

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Barstow, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Our cross country trip HAD to include a visit to this fantastic place! I was so impressed with the art deco building itself. Beautiful marble, gorgeous ceiling and wall murals. And the science exhibits were top notch! You will not be disappointed visiting this wonderful place!

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Ronneby, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I visited this place after a recommendation from a guy at the hostel I stayed at. I wanted to go somewhere where I could have a nice view over the Hollywood sign and this is the place to go. To get here you can either hike through the beautiful park up the hill or you can take a bus. I... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Seems to always be crowded, but well worth visiting for the view and for the exhibits and show. The observatory and surrounding land was a gift to the people of LA. Parking can be difficult though with so many visitors.

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Additional Information about Griffith Observatory

Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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