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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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10:00 - 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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The views from the observatory grounds are phenomenal. Inside the observatory are many interesting exhibits which are suitable for all ages. Parking is limited and since the... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great views, nice hike to the observatory, however there are long queues of cars to get up the hill and therefore parking is at least a 30 minute hike away from the observatory. Really nice when you're at the top though. There are also people proving free views their telescopes for educational purposes and you can see the Moon and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The views from the observatory grounds are phenomenal. Inside the observatory are many interesting exhibits which are suitable for all ages. Parking is limited and since the observatory is at the top of Griffith Park, plan in a hike uphill .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view point which shows you the entire city to the ocean. Visit the promenade at back of the observatory. The best location to spot the Hollywood sign. Free parking but difficult to get a spot immediately. Prepare to park and talk a little uphill walk. Not strenuously but enjoyable experience. Better off on a sunny day.

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I recommend what you visit at the night time. Although parking was too hard, Griffith provided such a valuable experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must if you go to the City of Angels . Even on a cold rainy night the views were spectacular and the observatory is a great place for the beginner star gazer as well as the well seasoned astronomer. Be prepared to walk a distance up semi steep hills. Leave your stilettos at home.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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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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