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Griffith Observatory

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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 213-473-0800
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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This place is so much fun!!! It's a free observatory with a great view! There is a planetarium that is really cheap to see. One of the show (if not all) is narrated in REAL... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This place is so much fun!!! It's a free observatory with a great view! There is a planetarium that is really cheap to see. One of the show (if not all) is narrated in REAL TIME!!! I thought that was amazing. During the night the staff brings out small telescopes so you can see planets for free. It depends on... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Went out to the Griffith Observatory this afternoon. Man was it crowded on Memorial Day weekend! Should have known. Traffic and parking was nearly impossible. With literally no help by the staff directing it. A joke. However we finally found a place on the way up. Parked and hiked the rest of the way up. The views of LA and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

One of the best views of L.a. looks even more amazing if you see it in the night time. If you get to watch the 3d you will love it. Had me hanging off the edge of my seat it was that realistic. One of the must do things in L.A

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice to walk around for iconic pics of LA but museum is a bit boring and crowded. Bathrooms are very clean.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is really a great educational facility with lots of ways to learn and experience. It is quality throughout. I was awed by the place, and I am not a big science person. The exhibits are a feast for the eye. It was overcast the day we visit so we didn't get to look through the telescope, but if I... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best attractions you can do in LA. And it's free! The view of the valley from the observatory is extraordinary, especially at night. You can also see the Hollywood sign very well. Just be careful not to stay too late or you will get locked in and will not be able to exit the parking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great views of the city and Hollywood sign. Unfortunately it wasn't the clearest of days when we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Was a really neat place to place to visit and learn from. The initial entrance to the mobile pendulum knocking over markers was a really cool sight to first see. Than following up with a tesla coil and other things along that nature was truly scientific. Learning about electrically charged particles bombarding earth with the indicator on the lower level... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

An Observatory in a park,.it is a nice and different place to visit, no too many parking spaces available, can park in a curbside down the road. Get ready for cooler weather at sunset.. beautiful view of the city in a clear day.. by night amazing views.. Stay away from roads leading to nowhere, wild animals running free and some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I totally totally totally love the observatory! I love everything about it, the views, the beautiful building, all the learning it offers. Totally recommend it and don't forget to bring you camera! 👍

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