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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number: +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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What a beautiful place

This park is a must go to .Free parking lovely walks and beautiful views. The Observatory is a beautiful building and is free. Also you get a good view of the Hollywood sign and... read more

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This park is a must go to .Free parking lovely walks and beautiful views. The Observatory is a beautiful building and is free. Also you get a good view of the Hollywood sign and LA. Best time was to watch the sun set amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This place is more than a kilometer above sea level, hence a good view of downtown LA. The Hollywood sign is clearly visible from this place. If you want to get a parking slot easily, just pull over immediately the moment you spot one on the roadside and just walk several meters uphill. Finding a parking slot near the observatory... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our local friend took us to see the Hollywood sign from there, however the sunset and the view of LA was much more impressive in the end. Please excuse the bad picture quality as it was taken with a mobile phone. Just make sure you get there early enough, parking was super scarce.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It took a while to get up there, insane traffic, but it was so worth it! Gorgeous view, a beautiful museum inside and out. We could see LA and Hollywood sign from up there and enjoyed an amazing sunset! A must see when coming to Los Angeles!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went at night time much easier to get a car park than during the day and also it was wonderful looking over LA in the evening The cafe was closed at the time for an upgrade so couldn't get food or a drink as it was quite cold standing out doors at night

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Hope
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Griffith observatory is amazing. There are incredible trails to hike, and you can spend hours touring through the observatory. Sitting out on the patio at the cafe you have a spectacular view of the Hollywood sign.

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited for the views of city and iconic building filmed in so movies. Love all options you have here, tour the building, take pictures of balcony of the city, hike around, have lunch or just chill. Such a gem in middle of large city!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were on a tight schedule so didn't get to explore the inside of the observatory as much as we would have liked, however the visit was worth it just for the wonderful views of LA and the Hollywood sign.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you happen to visit on a Sunday , be warned that you will have to park your car at a considerable distance from the observatory and walk down. It is free attraction probably more interesting if you have kids in your group. Would have been better to visit in the night to view the sky through their big public... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Many hiking trails around it. Awesome views of Los Angeles. Even the free areas of the Observatory are very nice.

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