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I’ve always wanted to visit the Watts Towers. It is such an awesome piece of LA history, but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MrWarrenM
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Crown Point, Indiana
Really impressive L.A. landmark!

Definitely not in a touristy area, Watts Towers is impressive in it's scope and achievement. The... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2018
Jerry C
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Los Angeles, California
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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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’ve always wanted to visit the Watts Towers. It is such an awesome piece of LA history, but unfortunately, it is under renovation and surrounded by chain link fencing. You can see the towers through the fencing. However, it would have been nice to walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

You have to drive through some bad neighborhoods to get to this attraction. The towers are being renovated and the area is surrounded by a fence. On the day we visited the museum building closed at noon, this was on a Friday. There were informational...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

At the moment, the towers are covered with plastic sheets and surrounded with a high fence. We came at noon and the museum was closed. The manager was inside, but she said she "needs to eat", so we should wait for an hour outside. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

Definitely not in a touristy area, Watts Towers is impressive in it's scope and achievement. The inspiration of one man over many years, the towers of metal have become an iconic attraction. But the neighborhood is not good, so don't go at night. Also lock...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jerry C
Reviewed September 21, 2018

This is in a very depressed area of Los Angeles and I would avoid this like the plague during evening or night. But in the light of day, it is safe enough and certainly one of the most unique cultural visitations you will find anywhere!

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank ashebroe
Reviewed September 12, 2018

I see that some of the reviews that weren't so good but it depends on what you are looking for and looking at. I looked at it as seeing a part of history in a traditionally bad part of L.A. I see it as a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Just know it is located in a neighborhood that isn’t filled with tourists. It was great to see it in real life honestly. My daughter appreciated seeing this infamous structure.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Absolutely off the beaten path. This was put together by a local man and it was his lifetime work. He was an Italian immigrant and the tour opened my eyes to a history of LA that few talk about.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Marian G
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Sorry but up close the sculptures are ugly and in a really bad unsafe neighborhood in Los Angeles. There is also no parking and you need to be standing in people's front yard to take a picture. There are drug addicts wandering around as well.I...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Ashley S
Reviewed June 24, 2018

First you have to know it is located not in the safest districts of LA, so be sure to keep an eye on the surroundings. Secondly, you will need approximately 30 minutes to look around and find out the craziness and talent behind the structure....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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mariewt
March 28, 2018|
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Response from JennyLS48 | Reviewed this property |
There is but I think the towers are closed for refurbishment.
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claudineSanDiego
November 19, 2017|
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Response from geotech522 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations needed. Do check the hours as the Watts Towers are not open every day and the hours are limited.
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mypixietravels
September 8, 2017|
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Response from KTITA | Reviewed this property |
I would say about 1.5 hours. There's a tour and a video, plus some art exhibit worth seeing. I had a good time there, and totally recommend it.
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ChrisD0esNYC
Athens, Georgia
Is my itinerary possible? 4 days (3 Replies)
My husband and I are considering flying with our boys, 11 and 13, to L.A. for a few days at the end of July. We will have 4 full days not counting our travel days. Is this plan doable? We fly into Santa Ana John Wayne Airport Thursday night and will stay at a nearby hotel. Leaving early Friday morning, we plan to drive via the PCH through Huntington and Long Beach before cutting inland to head by the Watts Towers. We then plan to head downtown for the Grammy Museum, La Brea Tar Pits,...More
May 24, 2016|
Response fromvlee618|
Friday is waaaaaay too ambitious. You will be fighting traffic, especially since its a weekday. Considering how far you are traveling that day, between Santa Ana and Woodland Hills, you will be spending a significant amount of time on the road. After leaving Santa Ana and driving up PCH through Huntington Beach and Long Beach, swing by Watts Towers, then head north toward LA, but pick ONE maybe TWO from your list of activities (La Brea Tar Pits, Griffith Observatory, Warner Bros Studios, and...More
Roger D
Los Angeles, California
morning and afternoon with high school group (1 Reply)
Hi All We will have a group of high school seniors (all girls) who have an evening flight. We want to see the Watts Towers - what else should we see that might make sense. We will have a coach which will take us to the airport at about 5 ish. They will have seen the main Art museums and Santa Monica as well as the Warner Bros studio. Or would it make more sense to something in the morning on the downtown area on foot and swing by the towers in the afternoon on the way to the airport?...More
February 14, 2018|
Response fromRoger D|
ok problem solved - grammy museum and santee alley
stevenjo
Portland, Oregon
Watts Towers/weather (5 Replies)
Will be in LA last week of April and staying in Hermosa Beach. I have heard that only tourists actually sun and swim, and was wondering if the weather will be condusive to this at that time of year. Also, am thinking of visiting the Watts Towers but understand the area is not the best. Anybody been and does it make for a good excursion?Thanks
January 19, 2005|
Response fromEasy|
We locals enjoy the sun, but usually leave the swimming to surfers and tourists. ; ) The weather will be fine, but the water will still be cold. Visit the Watts Tower in the daytime and you'll be fine. Avoid Watts at night, but I don't think that the tower is open at night anyway. Not really a great excursion, but at least you'll be able to say that you've been to Watts. I bet 1/2 of Angelenos can't make that claim.