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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number:
+1 213-473-0800
Today
12:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
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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Incredible views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign. Parking is a little tricky so get there early unless you don't mind a hike up the hill.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Incredible views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign. Parking is a little tricky so get there early unless you don't mind a hike up the hill.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The parking is a bit dicey. Not a lot of spaces near the observatory but we got there an hour before it opened and got a space. When we left there were cars parked on both sides of the road leading up to the top. There are lots of great displays inside and wonderful views of LA and the Hollywood... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The views of the city are awesome! We like the trails that are around the observatory. Provides a fun learning opportunity for kids and adults. Breathtaking!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice place to visit, you get to see almost all of L.A. Beautiful place to get good photos and have a good time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Breathtaking views on the city... and Hollywood sign!!! Interesting free tour inside. A little overcrowd parking lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Incredible building and setting high above LA. The cafe is good value and had a wide selection of snacks. Recommend seeing a Planetarium show, the one we saw on the Big Bang was excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous place to look out over the city. Great photo opps and a very beautiful building also. Helps if the weather is good too. 50c shuttle bus up and down the hill if your legs aren't up to it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is one of "a must visit" spot in LA. Where we can see LA from above. There a lot of people come by to see the observatory. The place is neat, well maintained, still well organized.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

...you can see quite a distance! It's obviously a pretty popular attraction but once you find a parking spot the grounds of the observatory are pretty spread out so you don't feel crowded. Decent astronomy museum inside with some fun and interesting exhibits inside (they have a tesla coil!) And the views...spectacular! Iconic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is good place for any one like science and happy to know more about moon and planets, it's also a perfect place to take a lot of photos

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