Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Explore the wonders of our solar system and the galaxy at Griffith Observatory. Donated to the city over a century ago, the observatory offers free admission to an array of space and science exhibits, including a nationally recognized planetarium and public telescopes. Situated high on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood, the complex offers views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. Secure a spot outside after visiting the observatory to enjoy views of the Hollywood sign or the dramatic coastline. Make Griffith Observatory a part of your Los Angeles vacation plans using our Los Angeles trip planner .
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  • Its a nice place to visit with great views of the city at night. The shows are awesome and they have pretty powerful telescopes. Make sure you dont miss Centered in the Universe show its the most popu...  more »
  • For those interested in somewhere beautiful where in addition to see Los Angeles you can learn, this Observatory is the answer to your needs. The beautiful view and enviable scientific content.
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  • We went to the observatory to view the Hollywood sign, but we fancied a drink so headed inside. I’m really glad we did as inside was fantastic!!! It’s a free museum, full of interesting and fascinatin...  more »
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  • I took my future wife here on one of our first dates in 1978. She was a pretty, tall young lady with flowing long brunette hair. She had a sweet sense of humor and temperament. We came on a weekend when they were presenting the laser light show on the domed planetarium ceiling with accompanying music. One of the songs played was "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, which had become popular around that time. Virginia and I leaned back in our seats to watch the display and she soon fell asleep. She was weaving dreams to the psychedelic display and I was glad she was so comfortable. Later, we went out to the walkway that encircled the observatory and strolled along hand in hand and shared a kiss or two. The city lights of L.A. glistened below us like a magic carpet of sparkling gems. We had brought a few beers and drank them while leaning against the handrail, talking and laughing together. At that time there were no security cameras and things were a little more laid back. Some of you may recall the movie; "Rebel without a cause." with James Dean and Natalie Wood from the 50's and the scene where James Dean is in a switchblade fight with some hard guys in this very spot. Well, we can't all really be quite as cool as James Dean or Natalie Wood but you could weave a dream of your own while floating high above the twinkling sea of lights at the edge of the City of Angels.
  • the drive up to the observatory is beautiful and there are plenty of places to park and see the sights. Parking enforcement and the park rangers are friendly and helpful. we went there on January 1st, and the observatory was closed, but the views of the Hollywood sign you're spectacular. If you have handicap plates or a placard, make sure you bring them so parking is free, otherwise parking is $4. Bring your own food and drinks, and expect to wait in a long line to get into the restrooms
  • Fantastic views. Lots of viewing areas and interesting exhibits inside. Note...Don't attempt to park at the observatory. There's free parking just by the Greek Theatre in the road. Then you pay 50c for the bus right to front door.. so easy. And runs every 20mins.
  • This place is amazing! I’ve always seen it on pictures, but it was even more amazing in person. There isn’t much parking in the lot, be prepared to hike a little bit. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!
  • Griffith Observatory is one of the few places I love in LA. The daily strife of dealing with traffic, self-absorbed people, land super high rent prices just seems to melt away when you visit Griffith. The planetarium shows or truly exquisite and second to none in southern California and the vistas from the walkways are just breathtaking. I brought me girlfriend here on our first date and we waited to look through the telescope that is open to the public. It was a great experience and makes you feel closer to the sky. Though parking is now more limited and no longer free, this place is worth every inconvenience. Easiest way to access now is to take the metro and the dash bus

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