Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory
4.5
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
A public observatory in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory has been featured in many movies, from 'Rebel Without a Cause' to 'La La Land'. Nestled on Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory boasts some of the best views of the city—the best time to visit is at sunset. Inside, the observatory offers quite the experience as well—it has a planetarium, various exhibits, free-to-use telescopes, and more. The best part? Admission is free and it’s easily accessible with plenty of parking. Make a day out of your visit at Griffith Park, where you’ll find hiking trails and horseback riding. – Tripadvisor
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  • ExtraordinaryJefe
    Cincinnati, Ohio33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views. Tough parking.
    The location is great for views over the city and of the Hollywood sign. We went in July and it was hot. Stifling more to the point. It was so busy that we had to park more than a half-mile away and walk up the hill to get to the observatory. That might be difficult for people that are not used to physical activity, especially in the heat.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do if visiting LA
    Situated in Griffith Park, you have some of the best views of LA you will find including the famous Hollywood sign. It is free to enter and there are some amazing things to look at inside along with guides who will answer any questions you have. On the outside there is the Astronomers Monument and a James Dean bust; Rebel Without a Cause was partly filmed here. It was quite busy the afternoon we went and we parked further down the hill and walked up. This is a definite must do when visiting LA.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Trevor M
    County Dublin, Ireland42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So interesting - definitely worth visiting if in LA
    This was such a brilliant place to visit. The exhibitions themselves were really interesting, very interactive and the tesla demonstration was really good. The views over the city were really lovely and you could also see the hollywood sign. The highlight for me was the show where you go through space - it was so entertaining though I was so relaxed I kept falling asleep (not because it was boring but we had a crazy hectic itinerary and the seats were so comfortable, lying back in the dark I was out cold!). One of my favourite things I did in LA for sure and would definitely recommend.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • 513SChang
    Markham, Canada8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place but with scarce parking
    Beautiful place with nice view of LA. The shows are nicely done and very educational with perfect live narration. Being a popular tourist attraction, they should have provided more parkings. It makes people frantic fighting for parking where we experienced one irrational woman cut into our parking spot which we waited patiently for on the side!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • M-A
    Laurel, Maryland2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Griffith Observatory - Lovely Attraction
    Try to park as close as possible and don't be afraid to drive all the way up the hill for parking. There is a decent sized parking lot and street parking so you may get lucky. Wear your walking shoes. It is a beautiful view of LA and the observatory has several educational exhibits for everyone. You will need some coins to use the binoculars (or either bring your own). Totally worth the walk. Parking was $10 an hour when I went.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Julie
    Vancouver, Canada29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop during your LA trip
    Thr price is free, you can't get better than that! We did take an Uber up there which worked out OK because it was such a busy place and the traffic was horrendous. Do not drive yourself there! (It did take 45 minutes for our Uber to pick us up to get down the hill on a Saturday evening though!). The views were good if not a bit hazy and the Observatory was very interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Nkem O
    Winnipeg, Canada111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable
    A very interesting and pleasant way to spend a few hours. This is a free attraction, extremely high-quality space, museum, with many opportunities for some great pictures. There is a free shuttle from the subway all the way up to the observatory
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Nick_k_uk
    333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time at Griffith observatory
    Enjoyed our time at the Griffith Observatory including the Observatory and exhibits itself. In the Observatory there was so much to do, you could easily spend half a day just exploring the science of space in there. We enjoyed the session on Comets. We took the DASH to get down the hill. It was quick and efficient and quite regular. Overall, I would definitely suggest a visit to the Observatory for the science & views across the hills and city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Shubh K
    Vienna, Virginia489 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice views, tough parking
    Parking is tough in this area: You'll eventually find a space but it may require you hiking uphill quite a ways. Nice views of LA. I went on a Monday, which is the one day the indoor portion is closed, unfortunately.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • paula
    Widnes, United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views and worth the visit
    Fantastic place to visit with amazing views! So much to see and interact with Sunset was amazing and there is plenty of view points so even though busy didn’t feel it Wasn’t clear on parking prior to go and $10 an hour if don’t want to hike up there! Had disabled badge but only 7 allocated spaces and all full and not much help when asked hence the 4 star review but experience was 5!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 September 2023
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Natalie Y
Peterborough, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Public transport can get you right to the top so I'd avoid driving as the parking was full. The views across LA are absolutely amazing. We arrived in time to watch the sunset, went inside & watched the show, then got views of the city at night when we came out. Highly recommended.
Written 3 January 2020
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HypnoWarrior
Porirua, New Zealand1,114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The biggest downside to the observatory was the parking. It's prohibitive close to the Observatory, so we parked down by the Greek Chruch, but it's quite an uphill walk from there to the planetarium. Going back was easier on the legs. I dropped the family off and did the walk myself and then back with the family.

As for the observatory it has a lot of little exhibits.. None of them are spectacular, but some are fun (faraday cage). The highlight was the planetarium show. We did the early morning show as it's the only one they allow young kids to. It was a really impressive show and both the 3 yr old and 9yr old enjoyed it.
Written 4 January 2020
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Nanamar
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Griffith Observatory is a great place to get the classic panoramic view of Los Angeles including best views of the Hollywood sign. The Observatory itself is architecturally striking Art Deco style and has scientifically interesting displays, though the interior itself is not large and can be toured in a short amount of time. There is very limited parking near the observatory (fee), including 7 handicapped spaces for which there is no charge. There are several hiking trail heads nearby, so naturally the area can get quite busy and congested. Definitely worth the effort. This location was used in the 50’s movie “Rebel Without A Cause,” starring James Dean. There is a memorial tribute to him on the right side leading up to the entrance to the Observatory.
Written 2 February 2020
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Rhys_H24
Wrexham, Wales154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What a great day to spend a first day in LA, after long journey from UK. I would advise to arrive prior to opening, as you should have a good parking spot at the top of the road, later on when we left the trail of cars parked on the road stretched well over a mile. The observatory and the views where amazing, but it was also a great spot to go walking on some of the trails and as I said for a first day in LA it was really great start. Parking is $10 an hour, however Observatory is free, we were passed a 3 hour ticket from someone who was giving up their space which just added to the day. Museum inside was informative, we didn't take in a visual show which you pay for, but young and old all enjoyed it.
Written 24 February 2020
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Attorney Day
Orlando, FL624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Griffith observatory is full of tourist from near and far. Especially busy on Friday and Saturday. Boasting the best views in LA it is quite a site to see. We could not really enjoy the exhibits based on there being so many people, but we were able to find some good places to take a few shots. I highly recommend visiting on a week day during the morning which was the advice of one of the workers when there is significantly less guest and it can be truly enjoyed. I also would love to see what it looked like at sunset, I bet the skyline is amazing. We went on a fairly clear day but there was a bit of an overcast typical for LA in February.

Overall I would attempt to visit on a less busy day to get the true feel.

Tip: if you go as part of a tour you get priority drop directly in front of the building. Otherwise you have to park quite away and walk uphill to the facility which can be problematic for those with mobility issues. Not recommended for those with height issues as it is very steep.
Written 24 February 2020
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wineanddine32
Corpus Christi, TX249 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went on a Fridat night. The cars were lined up and movng slowly. Most parking lots were full. We found a spot and took the shuttle bus up. The main entrance was closed and guy were periodically use a magephone to say the main entrance was closed but entrance was through the elevator. The web site said there would be people setting up teleccopes, so I searched the terraces and found a long line for the telecope. It was a clear night the moon was just a sliver with a planet above it. The line was really slow moving and when we got to the front of the line we were told the telescope viewing wouldn't start for another hour.
We went inside and looked at some exhibits and decided to leave rather than wait an hour. We were really disgusted that there wasn't any information/signs or anyone letting people know what was going on and when. Thousands of people disastisfied.
Written 4 January 2020
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WestJordanJim
west jordan37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is an amazing place to visit if you were ever interested in anything about the solar system, our planet, earthquakes, ocean tides, and how much you would weigh on each of the planets in the solar system. It teaches you about eclipses, stars, and has stunning visuals and interactive displays. Well worth your time. They have movies also but it is best to buy your ticket fast as they fill up quickly. You have stunning views of the valley on the outside walkways. The only downside is that parking at the lot at the observatory is $10.00 an HOUR. You can’t see it all in an hour so park below and enjoy the walk up. This is an amazing place.
Written 3 January 2020
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James and Ellie’s Adventures
Essex, UK530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
First thing to note before arrival which we didn’t know. You have to show proof of being vaccinated and attend with ID to enter the grounds just outside Griffith observatory.

If you don’t have these you will not be permitted access around the observatory for great views or visit inside.

The views are spectacular around of the Hollywood sign and more so overlooking downtown LA.

You can park at the Greek theatre on non theatre days which what we did.

The walk up is about 20/25 mins and around 1.25 miles ish.

Parking up by the observatory be very crowded and costs for parking are $10 an hour!

Inside the observatory there are lots of great things to see and learn about space and everything else you can easily spend a few hours here with ease 🤓.

So glad we got to visit this on our trip and this was a highlight for us, as we love things to do with space and being able to see through the telescope and look up close at the moons surface was awesome.

We went on a Sunday so telescope viewing was from 7pm to 9:30pm and we waiting online for approx 35/40 minutes but is well worth it.

On our way back down to the Greek theatre we saw a wild cayote about 30 foot away from us behind a fence on the sidewalk but was still awesome to see at sunset!
Written 19 July 2022
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David K
Springfield, IL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Griffith is a must do in LA - if for nothing else but the scenery! Great shots of the Hollywood sign and downtown LA if nothing else. But the great things about this place does not stop there. The Observatory is top notch! One of the best I have been too! Yes, it is crowded and yes, parking does have it's issues, but the Griffith is a must see and has great value.

If you put it on your list plan ahead- I cannot stress this enough! Due to it's popularity, shows and specials often sell out well in advance so buy on line and plan. Parking is a monster so take public transportation or a ride service if you can.

Yes, Griffith can be a bit of a challenge, but well worth it. Plan ahead and you will have an enjoyable experience!
Written 5 February 2020
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müge
Irvine, CA31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Hollywood sign is visible and there is a good spot to take photos. On the park it is possible to cycling, trekking, etc.. Observatory has a museum and its free to visit except planetary (planetary is $7).

Parking is $10 per hour and there is no option unless you park at the roadside.

The observatory is a good spot to take children and show them cool stuff about physics
Written 23 February 2020
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