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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  • A must goto place if you visit LA. do the planetarium show for sure. Just don't try to visit when there is a concert on in the greek theatre, this creates major traffic delays.  more »
  • From here the view is beautiful and you can marvel at Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign from above. Unfortunately we were in Los Angeles on Monday and we could not get to the Observatory because it is closed. I highly recommend a visit up here
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  • Great place to spent time with family or friends. It's really beautiful in the evening. The place has an amazing view.  more »
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  • We had a great time here. Parking can be a little tricky but we quickly wished that we had more than an hour. There are fantastic views all around the observatory where you can see the city. The observatory itself was also quite interesting. Lots of great information and a fun gift shop. A very good place to visit.
  • I love the Griffith, don't get me wrong. But I'm giving it a low rating solely based on how busy it's become in the last few years!!! The first time we went was four years ago (BEFORE La La Land..) and it was amazing. Beautiful views of LA, lots of history, great show inside and you learn a lot. However, on a recent trip to LA we tried to visit and it was absolutely slammed at all hours of the day. You can't get parking there anymore, it's always packed :( We were staying down the road and tried to go on several occasions (day and night) but couldn't get parking and also didn't want to be among the chaos of people and tourists alike.
  • Parking cost. Lots of people but the view is awesome. The observatory has free and paid activities. Not appropriate for young toddler or expect to just enjoy the view and move down. The museum requires reading. I would recommend for the view of the city and to see the Hollywood sign. Parking was full which was a good chance because it cost while parking at the bottom has 50 cents shuttles.
  • Overall I loved this place, there's nothing like it.. Especially visiting at night definitely made the scenery worthwhile. However, parking was horrible! I paid for parking all the way at the top to be closer to the entrance, or so I thought. I ended up parking extremely far away. Come to find out if I had parked all the way at the bottom a shuttle would've picked me and my family up and I wouldn't have to walk all I did, and it would've been free! Made absolutely no sense to me to pay to be "closer" and still walk all I did.However, people who didn't pay for parking had a shuttle pick them up? Had the walk been close I wouldn't complain, but IT WAS FAR! I would say it was almost a mile.
  • you have to come here and see this place at least once in your life. The inside is incredible and very interesting, but for me the view of the city below, especially at night time, is something magical right out of a movie. Incredible. There's a long winding drive to get to the top, and you may have to Circle a little bit at the parking lot to find a spot. There's usually a lot of people here.. but it is well worth it to see this place.

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