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Review of Watts Towers

Watts Towers
Ranked #63 of 624 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Standing outside the fence, looking in at the installations, you may be underwhelmed, as some have been. However, take the time to go into the adjacent centre, watch the short film and do the tour & you will have an appreciation of the whole installation that those who just look through the fence will have missed.

Once you know the story of the towers and the amazing way in which they were constructed, and the quirky man behind it all, you will appreciate them as they should be appreciated.

And, yes, the area around there is pretty darned seedy, so I can see why their last tour is at 3 - especially in winter, as once it gets dark I don't think that you'd want to hang around!

But the centre, art installation, street parking right outside, etc are all safe to visit & enjoy during the day.

Those who have found it underwhelming have made that judgement made solely on outward appearances & based on their own ignorance of the hard work and significance of the towers. So, if you're just going to look through the fence, I'd give it a miss, but if you're willing to watch the short film & take the tour, I really don't think that you could be disappointed with Watts Towers.

8  Thank Dromomaniac
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

It's really nothing to look at. Not even sure why it's on the list of things to see and do. I guess it matters for some reason.

1  Thank Ken K
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Watts Tower is one of those strange interesting things are fun to stop to see. Had heard of it and seen pictures of it for a long time. It is an interesting art work. I didn't do the tour but there are bill boards along the fence that tell the story and you see the whole thing from outside the fence.

1  Thank e a
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We went with a group of friends early on a Saturday. Make sure to do the tour! At first we were a bit disappointed because at a distance, they are not so impressive. When you go into the center and watch the short film, you begin to gain an appreciation for how amazing the structures are...built by one man with no machinery. Then when you go inside for the tour, you can see all of the details that cannot be seen from the street. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. This was a first for most of my group and we all said that we would recommend it to our friends!

Thank felises
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

I have lived in LA for many years and did not know about the Watts Towers until I saw them in the movie La La Land. So, I finally took a trip to go check them out. The whole story behind it is interesting, and I think it is worth a visit. Aside from the guided tour around the towers, there is also a short movie about the man who built the towers himself, Sabato Rodia, over the course of 30 years. Check it out!

Thank KTITA
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