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Address: 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299
Phone Number:
+1 213-473-0800
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

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 is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.

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Breathtaking Views

Let me start by saying that the parking situation was horrendous the night that we went. It was getting close to sunset so that may have been the problem, but we were stuck in... read more

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Riverview, Florida
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Let me start by saying that the parking situation was horrendous the night that we went. It was getting close to sunset so that may have been the problem, but we were stuck in traffic and fighting for a parking spot for an hour and a half. We ended up finding one on the side of the road a mile... More 

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Joensuu, Finland
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The best places in Los Angeles. You will have a good view over the city, a good view to a Hollywood sign. There are interesting displays, like Teslas coil. Pay enough parking time - towing is quick, we see several, when coming away. Worth to visit.

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Lovely view point, very interesting observatory. The parking right next to observatory is $4/hour. Watch out it gets really crowded during the weekend and it might be hard to find parking spot.

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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Do not miss the Observatory at Griffith Park if in LA. This is the very best place to see the city from above, with good views on the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Park. Well combined with a trip to Pasadena or the LA Zoo. Bring your own pic nic as there is not too much food and beverages to... More 

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Eloy, Arizona
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The views can be amazing from the Observatory and surrounding hiking area. You can see a large part of the city. They museum inside is worth a look and the Planetarium show is worth checking out. The parking can be a pain sometimes as you either park at the bottom and catch a shuttle up or park on the way... More 

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New Albany
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The observatory was closed but the views it offers of LA is amazing, even if you gotta deal with all that Smog. I would love to go up there and see what the telescope can get in this city environment. Not to mention this is a HUGE filming location for many films including "The Terminator" and "Yes Man"

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The ride up to the Griffith is already an exceptional thing to do. You get out of busy LA into a world of its own. The observatory is superbely located on top of a hill with amazing vistas over downtown LA and the Hollywood sign. There is a lot to see and explore within the observatory. Don't miss out on... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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The view of LA from the Observatory is amazing. A must see when in LA. You also get a lovely view of the Hollywood sign. The Observatory itself is very interesting with lots of exhibits and demonstrations. A must do is watch a movie in the planetarium- it is spectacular and the highlight of the observatory! We parked around 30... More 

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Great views of the Hollywood sign and of Los Angeles and definetly an educational visit for groups and families (make time to visit the planetarium) but the fact it is next to impossible to park (We had to park down the hill and make our way up for about 20 minutes) it does put you off from it

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Visit is spritual as well as educational. So much to learn about facts that in schools stay abstract become concrete here. Excellent presentations on elements and their combinations, time and space. The use of the building in movies make it a must visit on the LA tours list.

Thank Romana S

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