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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
+1 213-473-0800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great place to see gorgeous views of LA. We arrived early at about 10am and it was not too busy so great for photos. We enjoyed walking around and every angle of the observatory is beautiful so we got snap happy! No need to...More

Thank daniellejbut
Reviewed yesterday

the Griffith Observatory is space museum , you can see a lot of sciences about the orbit and planets and meteorites.

Thank aymanninja
Reviewed yesterday

First, if you are a hiker this place not only offers the mega telescope to the stars, but take a hike around the Griffith grounds and see the city views that are absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day. The best time is sunset and during...More

Thank dale363
Reviewed yesterday

This famous observatory and planetarium has many interesting things to see. Several motion pictures were filmed in the front of the observatory.

Thank 484karlc
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Griffith Park Observatory, atop THE Hollywood hill, is a must-see in LA. There's no better place to view the city, spread out below, in all its twinkling glory at night. The planetarium is a fun visit and a beautiful building. The drive up is...More

Thank ELinsky2015
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday about midday after walking up to the top viewing point above the Griffith. By this time it was pretty busy so we didn't stay long but the views are great especially if you don't want or aren't able to make...More

Thank Fiona B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Far exceeded expectations. You could spend a whole day here enjoying the views, the observatory exhibits and attending the excellent planetarium shows.

Thank moreholidaysplease87
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is a shuttle bus that will take u up and down from the free public car park below the Griffith Observatory. At the top, u can Los Angeles 360 view. Waited about 45mins to get to see the big telescope.

Thank AlanChua33
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great view early evening and some great walks if your feeling fit enough if you have a car nice to take a picnic worth a visit

Thank Marilyn B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The observatory is at the top of a cliff, so you have the most amazing view of the city there. The sunset is unbelievable from this place, so I suggest you arrive early to find a good parking spot, check the nice exposition and get...More

Thank dcastelucci
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Cath H
15 September 2017|
Response from Hexelspixels | Reviewed this property |
Griffith Observatory is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. The City of Los Angeles is an equal opportunity employer. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with... More
Beneciaaa C
7 September 2017|
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Response from Robin H | Reviewed this property |
The Observatory was closed the day we went, but parking costs $6 and the parking lot was full near the Observatory even though it was closed, the other parking is along the road, meaning on a pretty good hill and can quickly... More
28 August 2017|
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Response from laurel154943 | Reviewed this property |
We used Uber. It was inexpensive, especially if you are travelling with a group, and it was easy to book a car back down when we were ready to go.