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Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
+1 213-473-0800
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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 is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
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2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
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Reviewed yesterday

Great nighttime views of LA from beautiful building and grounds. Interesting exhibits. Parking is tough, plan ahead.

Thank elfox8
Reviewed yesterday

If you are not a fan of trekking its important to take the bus as is always full and you my have to park far away. Once you are there enjoy the view!

Thank ECAM53
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The observatory show is both literally and figuratively out of this world. Highly recommend it. If you love movies this place plays home to many classic scene, and features a bust of James Dean. Parking is a bit rough but if you have time there...More

Thank Marshall P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Alright, what other type of catch phrase can you use to capture the attention. So our day comprised of up early, and hike to the peak point above the observatory (~ 1 hour) from the parking lot at the Greek theatre. From there in the...More

Thank the_tornado67
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was told this was the place to see all of LA. No one mentioned how super crowded it was. Huge crowds and limited parking. Thankfully shuttles to top of you can find parking. When you get to top, it’s super crowded. Biggest disappointment was...More

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place for lunch overlooking LA and the hollywood sign. I got a salad and it was delicious. My son enjoyed the exhibits more than the rest of us. Great that it's free, but DO NOT go on a day when there is free parking....More

Thank Alyssa H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great view and perfect starting point to go to Hollywood sign. You can get here with the public bus connecting to red line - the bus costs only 35-50 cents and from the observatory you can walk for around 1.5 hours to the Hollywood sign

Thank SergioPQ
Reviewed 3 days ago

OH MY GOSH!!!! Holidayed with my wife in your country for 2 months for the 2nd time. First time in 2013 & now 2017. Our first port of call was L.A. We made the mistake of visiting on a Sunday the day before the solar...More

Thank Rick T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Free entrance Parking can be a drag. It’s 4 dollar an hour. Also the way to get there can be weird depending on your navigation (through residential areas with small winding uphill roads). I found the driving skills of people living there are poor. Very...More

Thank Jerry O
Reviewed 3 days ago

Best views of LA, great hiking trails and the observatory itself is very interesting. Parking was hard to find, the time we went the main parking lot was full, but we just drove around and eventually was lucky enough to get one. its not free...More

Thank tammyalilovic
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4 January 2018|
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Response from AJODEH |
The BEST time to go and see is between 8pm and 11pm. Most peaceful most quiet and not a lot of pollution in the air to where you can actually see the Hollywood sign.
Beneciaaa C
23 September 2017|
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Response from abeillesgee | Reviewed this property |
The area outside of Griffith observatory is open and freely accessible, but you will have to pay for parking.
Beneciaaa C
23 September 2017|
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Response from steadicamdaddy | Reviewed this property |
No. The outside is open. But the road up to the site closes around 9pm. Maybe later. They have evening shows and a coffee shop. The telescopes are open on clear nights for viewing. No need to go inside if you are cramped for... More