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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number:
+1 213-473-0800
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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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The best stargazing in LA

As a Los Angeles resident, Griffith Observatory is our staple. On any given clear night we head over, often hiking up with flashlights to catch the city under the stars, learn... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a Los Angeles resident, Griffith Observatory is our staple. On any given clear night we head over, often hiking up with flashlights to catch the city under the stars, learn about the planets circulating our solar system or take a deeper scientific gaze into our past or future. The campus housing the large telescope is situated high above Griffith... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Iconic place, great to take the whole family. Very educational and interactive.You could easily spend 3/4 of a day here. A great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The observatory exhibits and shows are wonderful. But if you only have time to go after hours, the view is magnificent. It's a spectacular place to watch the Sunset. It's the location of the car race in Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean and Natalie Wood.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I take all my visitors to LA to this iconic place. It has great views of LA, a couple of fun shows and best of all the Big Room. And it's right by the Hollywood sign that people want to see.

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If you love science (even if you don't) Griffith Observatory is a great place to visit. Best time(s) to visit are at late afternoon around sunset and night time on a clear night so you can see all the stars and the lights of beautiful LA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Any time of day or season is great for a hike in LA. Starting from the cafe, it can be quite a hike up the hill. You will know if you are out of shape! The view from the top is beautiful and you can see the Hollywood sign. Take your own lunch and drinks and hang out in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Griffith Observatory is a treat to visit. The building, an icon in Los Angeles, is a gorgeous piece of architecture, hanging over the edge of the Hollywood Hills. Parking is difficult, the park is well used and parking is limited. People often have to park along the winding road which climbs through Griffith Park. Lots of great trails with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Observatory is up on a hill overlooking Los Angeles and a direct view of the Hollywood sign. On a clear day you can see the ocean. That is just the outside of the building. On the inside are films and planetarium shows, displays and photos to help you learn about our universe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Over the last two years I have been to Griffith park 4 times, and we always see something new, we like looking thru the telescopes at the planets.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great location to get some peace and quiet from the city traffic in central LA, whilst at the same time getting amazing views of the city. If you're keen to see the Hollywood sign, this is the place to come. You can even get a great panoramic photo that includes the skyscrapers of downtown LA, the vast... More 

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