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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

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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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  • The Griffith Observatory is a public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of the public. It is located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory... 
    The Griffith Observatory is a public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of the public. It is located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory...  more »
  • Parking can be very difficult unless you have a handicap parking pass, but the views of the city from the observatory property are amazing. Just the drive through the city to & from the area are... 
    Parking can be very difficult unless you have a handicap parking pass, but the views of the city from the observatory property are amazing. Just the drive through the city to & from the area are...  more »
  • One of the glorious Los Angeles experiences is to visit the Observatory at dusk and witness the city turn into a vast expanse of lights flickering in the smog. Make it your business to do it at least....  more
    One of the glorious Los Angeles experiences is to visit the Observatory at dusk and witness the city turn into a vast expanse of lights flickering in the smog. Make it your business to do it at least....  more »
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  • For anyone that lives in LA or is visiting, this is a must-go-to place. The views here are absolutely outstanding and breathtaking. A great photo spot to get some good photos on your trip or for your profile. They have a really cool observatory, cafeteria and some seating outside. I really loved visiting here and bringing our family, it was a nice spot and a great place to see some beautiful views. There's also some hiking trails that people can go to. Please make sure you come and visit
  • What a nice park. The observatory is perched on top of Mount Hollywood with easy parking and free at the observatory if one arrives early and on a weekday before 12am. Wow! The Hollywood sign is visible from the observatory. What! Hiking down the mountain is easy but going up isn’t so easy so keep that in mind. Bring water and comfy hiking shoes. Great place
  • Beautiful observatory. Amazing view in the night and during the sunset. Great place to learn about the universe and other scientific fundamentals taught in the school. You can learn all that in a fun way. Must visit show in the planetarium- ‘Centered in the Universe’. It would be the best $7 (or $5 if you are a student) you will ever spend on a show. Amazing animations and story narration😍. The observatory has trails to the Hollywood sign too. There is easy access to the city via special shuttles that operate to and from observatory to the metro station. Super convenient and can save you from huge $10 per hour parking fee.
  • Every time I am in LA, it is a mission of mine to always visit the Griffith Observatory! I love this place day and night! During the day, you can explore the observatory and watch shows in the planetarium. At night, you can see the city lights of LA come to life! Super dreamy! I highly recommend this place if you like city lights or you’re a La La Land fan!
  • B E A U T I F U L if you’re visiting or a local this view never gets old it is so beautiful no matter what time of the day I’m sure at night it’s even more incredible. It’s a great place for learning and just kind of enjoying the vibe here it’s pretty welcoming to any age group and I know kids here will have tons of fun with all the science and stuff going around it’s pretty amazing! We had such a fun time here and we didn’t wanna leave also it’s great for taking pictures and everything here it’s just very aesthetically pleasing!

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