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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
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+1 213-473-0800
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12:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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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Nestled in the Hollywood hills this is a great place for all the family, and all for free, from parking to the tour and views. First, drive up all to the top. There's a big... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nestled in the Hollywood hills this is a great place for all the family, and all for free, from parking to the tour and views. First, drive up all to the top. There's a big parking, often full but you'll find a space soon as many people come and go. The views of LA are best, and from here you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The views of LA and surroundings were GREAT! The exhibits were both informative and enjoyable. It did get a little crowded during our visit; but that was because it was the holiday weekend. Nice place to get the Big Picture!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a challenge to get here, but this just one of LA's attractions that is worth a visit. The exhibit's, lectures (live story-teller, comfy seats in a large domed room) are quite amazing. Quite breathtaking views over LA and a fabulous view of the Hollywood sign! Note that there is a shuttle bus between the observatory and Sunset Blvd. Try... More 

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Great exhibition. (y) Everything is explained and if you re into space and planets, good choice for you. And there is also stunning view from the top of the observatory.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit with friends, and family, and kids. The views of the LA area are breathing - night or day! The exhibits at the Observatory are really good and the movie about the history of the Observatory is great! We love to go anytime and we take out of town guests there always.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It takes time to park your car. But drive all the Way to the top. You will soon find a place. The view is awesome. You will learn a lot during your Tour trough all the exibitions. Enjoy

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We parked at the base and walked up on a busy day. There is a good lookout location on the way up for photos. It was a 15 min walk. Steep, but not unbearable. I'm a 47 out of shape mom of three and I made it with no problems. Very crowded on the Thursday night when we went. They... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The line to get up to Griffith Observatory was CRAZY long. It was Grammy Sunday and a beautiful day, so I can see why people were out. We were on our A Day in LA Tour and it took a really long time to get to the top, but once we were there, the views were incredible. Great view of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The entire observatory was very interesting. So much to learn about space. This is a unique hands-on environment. Parking is tight $ you'll want to grab a spot as soon as you can to avoid circling pointlessly. It is a bit of a trek from parking, but well worth the walk. Highly recommend visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Griffith observatory is a tiny museum that shows a little bit of the astrology basic concepts. It's a beautiful building, shown in some films. It has an amazing view and people like to go up there to see the sun set. It's a relax, romantic and also family place.

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