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Watts Towers

1765 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002-3621
+1 213-847-4646
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Fascinating Minor Attraction

I really loved this wondrous sculptural arrangement and the creativity and sheer willpower involved... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Barzinji
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Sterling, Virginia
A bit of history in the middle of the city

Showed up on a day it was closed. I never had seen the towers up close and in person. But being... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
lowbuxlux
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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 worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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1765 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002-3621
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"guided tour"
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"short film"
in 5 reviews
"metro blue line"
in 3 reviews
"art gallery"
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"arts centre"
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"incredible monument"
in 2 reviews
"unique structure"
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"definitely worth the trip"
in 3 reviews
"minute tour"
in 2 reviews
"interesting history"
in 3 reviews
"street parking"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the visit"
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"walk around"
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"vision"
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"immigrants"
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"rebar"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really loved this wondrous sculptural arrangement and the creativity and sheer willpower involved in creating it. Make sure you visit when the tours are offered and make time to visit the nearby two buildings containing art exhibits in addition to the outdoor garden with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Showed up on a day it was closed. I never had seen the towers up close and in person. But being there you certainly could admire the efforts put into the towers. Around the property there is basically a self guided tour. It shares the...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Be informed that Watts Tower is under restoration now (will be approximately until 2020, they say) so you can't get inside. Probably for that reason, there is no admission fee, but you can still see it from outside the fence and can also get a...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

The Watts Towers were built by immigrant cement worker and tile setter Simon Rodia. The construction began in 1921 and continued for about 39 years. They are massive, skyward spiralling, tapering columns that basically consumed all of Rodia’s yard and literally towered over his home....More

Thank Tony K
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Incredible monument to a man who ready wanted to do something great. Leave all your ghetto preconceptions behind. And this has nothing to do with the civil rights movement or Watts riot. I felt very safe. Just an amazingly piece of work by an immigrant...More

1  Thank Marc H
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

I was looking forward to see the Watts Towers while was on a day trip to L.A. It was very hard to find due to a lots of detours in the neigbourhood. It was cordoned off and we weren't able to see it properly. It...More

Thank eva n
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

These historic towers are flanked by small houses which the art center has enhanced with owner permission , picaresque mosaics that are very nice. Presently one can only walk around the perimeter because there is a fence around it for conservation due to a rather...More

Thank lascola
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Watts Towers was very interesting. However if you’re planning to go it is going to close soon for 3 years. You can look at the from beyond the gate I’m guessing, but not do the tour. The towers were the result of one man’s obsession....More

2  Thank JennyLS48
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Spawned in the burbs of Watts LA, a low income crime area, a creation of towers built by a man who had concrete and rebar for materials. This is an historical site and well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Some of the art work is nice and kind of reminds me of Gaudi with its folky eclecticism but don’t expect to see these structures off the freeway as they’re much smaller than you’d expect. Honestly I was also put off by the surrounding area...More

1  Thank Colby S
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mariewt
29 March 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
19 November 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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Charlotte M
9 September 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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