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Watts Towers

1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
+1 213-847-4646
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Fantastic, if a fair way off the beaten track

There's plenty of info available about the history of the towers on the net so I won't go into... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2012
remarkable example of folk art

Simon Rodia's towers in Watts are fascinating, in conception, in execution and in their story... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2012
Chicago, Illinois
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A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap metal, bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, and thousands of seashells. One of LA's famous local landmarks, the towers were created by a construction worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
1765 East 107th St, Los Angeles, CA
+1 213-847-4646
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

There's plenty of info available about the history of the towers on the net so I won't go into detail but the tallest tower is 10 storeys tall and the 'complex' is reputedly the biggest piece of folk art in the world. I read on...More

4  Thank Carmania
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Simon Rodia's towers in Watts are fascinating, in conception, in execution and in their story. Rodia built them by himself by hand, collecting pieces of ceramic and other discarded materials to decorate and highlight the substantial structure, which is built in the form of a...More

1  Thank FosdickX
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Huge pile of junk. One man's art is another mans garbage.

4  Thank Bob W
Reviewed 24 October 2011

Having heard of this folk art environment for years, we chose to drive from Indiana to L.A. to see this iconic construction for ourselves. in short, it was worth the effort! For those who do not know, one man spent much of his adult life...More

2  Thank folkways
Reviewed 9 September 2011

Ok, so this is definitely outside major Los Angeles area tourist sites, but is very easily accessible and if you're smart - you can stop by here on your way to something like the Lon Beach Aquarium. If you are a Los Angeles native then...More

5  Thank Thesweetscience
Reviewed 29 July 2011

After much "debate" with my husband, we decided to visit with our two sons (9&10). We were unsure of the safety of the neighborhood. We knew about the Watts Riots and travel books called it "a seedy/inner city neighborhood" We pulled up to the museum...More

2  Thank lisamarie514
Reviewed 15 July 2011

The Watts Towers are an amazing combination of art and engineering. This was my first time in LA and I've read about the towers so I had to see for them. After I checked in I caught the Blue Line from Hollywood to Watts and...More

3  Thank jghowardjr
Reviewed 13 June 2011

The Watts Towers are amazing. http://www.wattstowers.us/ The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The towers are an inspiration and a masterly work of art and homage to immigrant Simon Rodia, the lone artist, and what can be done with discarded materials and simple tools. We also...More

Thank pinggirl
Reviewed 21 January 2011

It may be unique or historical or whatever, but I've never been that scared! We live in the area that is becoming Tenderloin in San Francisco, but I would not be afraid to walk by myself. There was an area that was so dangerous, I...More

4  Thank ImaMY
Reviewed 28 June 2010

Before you go to the Watts Towers, find a copy of the book Beautiful Junk: A Story of the Watts Towers. My parents gave me the book when I was a child, and it was one of the few that I kept for my own...More

6  Thank wonworld
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20 November 2017|
Response from geotech522 | Reviewed this property |
No reservations needed. Do check the hours as the Watts Towers are not open every day and the hours are limited.
Charlotte M
9 September 2017|
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Response from KTITA | Reviewed this property |
I would say about 1.5 hours. There's a tour and a video, plus some art exhibit worth seeing. I had a good time there, and totally recommend it.
Virginia M
14 September 2015|
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