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Address: 1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213 847 4646
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is...

A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap metal, bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, and thousands of seashells. One of LA's famous local landmarks, the towers were created by a construction worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.

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This is a place with great power -- historical & cultural & social & artistic & scientific. I am enriched for being here. Thank you.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Vancouver
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a place with great power -- historical & cultural & social & artistic & scientific. I am enriched for being here. Thank you.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A true life story about an Italian immigrant who emplifies the meaning of what America was founded on and is a shining example of the "American Dream", the main reason so many people come to the United States. Simon (Sabato) Rodia an Italian who came to the United State dreaming of becoming "Something Big" in a land that one could... More 

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Thank Brian L
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a Caucasian female native Californian and at 60 this was my first visit to Watts. I'm not sure what I thought the Watts Towers experience would be but I was charmed. First, you turn off a busy street and the Towers are tucked in a quiet neighborhood located on a cul-de-sac, adjacent to a small neighborhood park. The Towers... More 

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Thank Bellauno
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though they are out of the beaten path, the Watts Towers are absolutely worth the trip. The guide is quite knowledgeable and will answer all possible questions. They are the result of 34 years of work of Simon Rodia, a visionary Italian immigrant who built them WITHOUT the help of machines, just with his hands. The towers are made... More 

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Thank EmanuelaDC
Citrus Heights, California, United States
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58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the third time I have visited the Watts Towers and I never get tired of it. Located in a poor section of Los Angeles, it was a creation built by one man, Sam Rodia. Sam was an immigrant who arrived in the United States from Italy at the turn of the 20th Century. He had worked in a... More 

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Thank Doug D
Melbourne, Australia
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386 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This architectural gem is really hidden out of the way, and can probably only be accessed by car. Unfortunately we were not there on a day when tours are conducted but it is still possible to get a good idea of the magnitude of the project from the outer perimeter.

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Thank Johnpsau
Western Canada
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326 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Visited here for the first time today and we were all very impressed with the towers. I do wish, however, that we would have been there on a non-holiday so we could have taken a tour of the towers. Very impressive art and easy to get to via the Metro train.

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Thank RocketQueen101
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Didn't manage to come on a tour while I was here, but I definitely spent a little time admiring this impressive piece of work from the outside. Definitely worth coming here and seeing first hand the detailed work Rodia has put into this structure over a span of more than 30 years. Metro station nearby if you do not have... More 

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Woodland Hills
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Yes there were riots in Watts over ten years ago, but now it is safe. Watts Towers are beautiful and can be enjoyed by the whole family at very modest cost.

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Los Angeles, California
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1,758 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Watts Towers are very interesting examples of folk art which began as a hobby and became an obsession resulting in the steel Rebar towers and Ceramic plate additions. Fun to see and walk through w small museum to visit. Plan you time of visiting as the location isn't safe after dark, so beware! Enjoy in the sunshine. ...

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