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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
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
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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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I was very keen to go, my wife and 18 year old son less so, but what a day.......This is quite simply one of the most impressive attractions I have been to anywhere. The... read more

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Perthshire,Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was very keen to go, my wife and 18 year old son less so, but what a day.......This is quite simply one of the most impressive attractions I have been to anywhere. The building is beautiful, the views invite superlatives, the exhibits are excellent and the staff all helpful and informative. The icing on the cake is the planetarium... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a stop on our "A Day in LA" tour and was a great place to see all of LA and the Hollywood sign. The Tesla Coil exhibition was neat, also.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Griffith Observatory is pretty cool. There are shows that you can book in advance but I assume they'd be best at night if you are wanting to see anything worthwhile. The information within the observatory is well worth a read if you are interested in Astronomy and science.

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As a local, this is my #1 recommendation for anyone visiting Los Angeles. It's free and it includes exercise to walk off al the extra weight you've been eating. Located in Los Feliz which is a trendy, small, lovely community, many locals come here to go for a hike. You can either do a hike or visit the observatory -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went early in the morning and there was plenty of parking. We liked that there were plenty of bathrooms there. Loved the hiking trails and the views. Just beautiful!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wether you are simply visiting Los Angeles, or you are a resident. I claim the Griffith Observatory to be one of the Top Ten "Places you Have To Go To" when here. It is mesmerising. Alongside, you leave feeling extremely mindful and in touch with your surrounding alongside the galaxy that surrounds you and your surroundings. I learnt many facts... More 

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Maitland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Griffith Observatory is by far the best viewing location for the Hollywood sign and the beautiful Hollywood hills. If your feeling adventurous and have time you can also venture on a bush walk from around these parts. Do be prepared for large crowds and a bit of a walk or wait for a car park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was so stunning at night my daughters and I visited it a few times. Helpful and friendly staff made our visits most enjoyable and the views are spectacular! Would highly recommend it

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So sad we didn't make it back for an evening visit to take advantage of the amazing telescope, but our day visit was fantastic. We arrived before they opened, but that wasn't a problem because there's much to explore on the grounds. Statues of famous scientists (Archimedes, Copernicus, Kepler, etc...) and James Dean (what a great combo). Also great hiking... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Griffith has excellent views of Los Angeles. The observatory itself was pretty crowded and parking is definitely a chore.

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