Griffith Observatory

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Griffith Observatory
4.5
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
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 is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
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Companion319003
4 contributions
Wonderful
Oct 2021
Free and wonderful experience, great views of LA, especially at night. Lots of great information to learn inside the observatory
Written October 12, 2021
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samesmindy
Redlands. CA102 contributions
Worth every Moment!
Sep 2021
This is a great spot for tourists and locals alike. We planned our event for mid-afternoon. Took the suggestion of taking the bus to avoid fighting for parking - Great decision! There is so much to see, especially if you enjoy reading all the information in the buildings (plan for a few hours on that part at least). It is just as beautiful during the day, as it is at night - you don't want to miss either. We even "happened" to be there when the space station flew over, which was exciting to see. The guides throughout the property are very helpful and you can tell they care about their work. The line for the evening rooftop telescope gets pretty long, so aim to be there as soon as it opens in the evening. One trip was not enough. A good place to return to.
Written September 23, 2021
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ADbomtony
New York City, NY104 contributions
Stars in the city
Aug 2021
A must see in LA! We visited after sundown for night view LA and stars in the sky.

The observatory has several exhibits on astronomy. You could also see the original telescope (though we did not have enough time).

We are also lucky to observe the Tesla coil demonstration.

Parking is difficult, recommend car pooling or hiking up
Written September 12, 2021
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Susan M
Albany, NY149 contributions
Great views
Sep 2021 • Family
We came here on a Saturday because that was one of the days that the planetarium is open. There were a lot of people there so we had to park far away and walk up a hill. The parking costs $10. There were a lot of great views of the city. There were a lot of great things to see and read about inside and the admission was free.
Written September 8, 2021
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darwestB76
8 contributions
Love it!!
Sep 2021 • Solo
I came here along. I love it here I will most definitely come here again. It was peaceful and awesome to come here. Definitely coming back!
Written September 1, 2021
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Arif L
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Great place to bring a date...
Jul 2021
Enjoyed tremendously my last trip there... the area is rather crowded and it seems that social distancing is not enforced. The planetarium is worth going to just for the views and shows.
Written August 30, 2021
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VivienLeigh76
Minneapolis, MN23 contributions
This is a must see attraction!
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a GREAT spot for viewing the expansive city, the Hollywood sign, and just the landscape of Los Angeles. Our family visited the Griffith Observatory on a Friday afternoon in August. The only downside is that it was very busy and hot, and we had to pay for parking down the hill and then walk up the hill to get there. But overall it’s worth it. The site is beautiful. The views are tremendous. We also paid $7 each to see a planetarium show which we all enjoyed. It was relaxing and gave us a break from the heat. If you’re headed to L.A./Hollywood, put the Griffith Observatory on your must see list. Also, consider going there later in the evening when it’s cooler or to watch the sun set.
Written August 22, 2021
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845beatriz
Arcadia, CA104 contributions
Sunsets Stars and Skylines
Apr 2021
My daughter and I are photographers and one of our favorite places to come to is the Observatory during the late afternoon to catch the sunset and to take in a panoramic view of the L.A. skyline. We also enjoy meandering through the inside of the observatory to see all the interactive exhibits. We usually park at the bottom of the hill and hike up. Watching the sunset and the evening lights of the city flicker below is beautiful to watch and take photos of and this is one of the best places to experience it. It's also fun to bring our out of town guests, so they can have a birds eye view of L.A. and a special treat for them to see the iconic Hollywood sign.
Written August 21, 2021
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kmz88
Chicago, IL273 contributions
Great
Jul 2021
A nice observatory. They have a few exhibits inside that you can see for free, some of which are very cool. You can go up to the rooftop and peek at their telescopes.
Written August 17, 2021
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Alex S
2 contributions
Educational but Crowded
Aug 2021
Had a lot of fun, and was happy with the exhibits, but it doesn't feel as though social distancing was really enforced. The building was very crowded, and people were removing their masks outside, despite the crowds bey very dense on the roof and side passages. May be better if you arrive earlier.
Written August 14, 2021
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Griffith Observatory is open:
  • Fri - Fri 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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