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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  • This place should be on every tourist list to visit! I loved stopping here and seeing the amazing view! You can also see the Hollywood sign since it’s across from the observatory. I went Labor Day weekend so parking was difficult to find and we had to park about a mile down the road and walk all the way up here. The place itself was maintained clean and friendly. There is so much information and knowledge to be obtained from here. All the workers are well informed about their facts. They also do shows every hour so we were right in time for one. If your an Astronomy nerd or looking for a nice outdoor view then this place it just for you!
  • Hiking is super fun here! More so when you know your way around or shall I say know all those awesome trails. My wife and I would hike here with one of her friends back when we were dating, she shared with us all those wonderful (secret) trails I was mentioning. The Observatory is super cool too! My dad would bring my brother and I when we were children, their laser shows are the most awesome! Our all time favorite was (don't know if they still show it) Pink Floyd's THE WALL, we'll never forget it, especially because we saw it more than once.
  • If you are anywhere near the Griffith you must make the pilgrimage. The astronomical features are world class and can occupy your mind for hours if you allow the time. The architecture alone is stunning and the location outstanding. You WILL see the HOLLYWOOD sign clearly during the daytime. During the evening, the sign is NOT lit. But, the HOLLYWOOD sign is the least important item here anyway. Check the hours of operation and be sure to arrive early to secure parking. I usually park as close to the top as I can, but seldom go all the way to the lot closest as it is likely full when you arrive. The parking along the road leading up is 8.00 per hour and expect an up hill walk. Once you arrive, the stunning views, amazing structure and the astronomy will thrill you especially if you are a star gazer or science geek like me. Today I visited and just hung around outside. If you can spend half a day then buy tickets to the shows and you will not be disappointed. One of the great planetariums in the USA, the Griffith is not just a location from La La Land, but it is an outstanding testament to astronomical science and architecture.
  • Absolutely stunning Observatory with beautiful architecture and breathtaking views of L.A day or night. Parking is free and there is a shuttle that will take you right up to the Observatory, however you can do as we did and take a nice stroll to the top and enjoy the twists and turns of the mountain. The deco style building is stunning and can outshine the views of L.A and the Hollywood sign, inside are a ton of exhibits that are interesting for the whole family. There is a cafe and gift shop, I high recommend checking this out... its one of the few times I wished I had bought a souvenir and didn’t. Take your time and enjoy the history of the Observatory you’ll be glad you did!
  • Love this place. It is interesting, beautiful, and has so much to see. Excellent view of the famous Hollywood sign, walking trails around the area, and a very cool experience inside. Parking is challenging with all the tourists and locals so go a early to get a spot. The people who work here are all very friendly to us. Parking is a huge issue here so be prepared for the worst case scenario on parking.
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