Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Categories: Observatories, Observation Decks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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. Put Griffith Observatory into our Los Angeles vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Los Angeles.
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I was surprised by how easy it was to get here, and parking wasn't too bad either. Its only about a 5 minute drive from the nearest highway, and parking on the street might make for a 5 or 10 minute w... read more »
the observatory is located on the top . its an awesome place to hike if you can reach early in morning . the metro bus can leave you half the way then its about 20-30 mins walk to reach on top there i... read more »
It's a place suitable for all kinds of people, children, couple, family, solo. I always go with my friends, hiking in the morning, talking and having lunch on the patio, enjoying the view at night.
This is my favorite place to visit when I want to be close to the sky or look at space relevant things. There's a store for merchandise aka gift store, food, nice views, great customer service, and generally a good vibe to be in whether its day time or night time. There's also showings throughout the day where you get to go into the planetarium and watch different films they make just for the screening. Aka its the dome shaped on top of the place. Go here at least once in your life!
Nostalgic. Famous. And just really cool. Worth a visit to take in views of downtown LA, the Hollywood sign and the surrounding park. Free to park and free to visit the exterior observation decks (this includes climbing up to the observatory's rooftop). CAUTIONS: Parking lot is often full and may require parking and walking from further away; Air is smoggy and views of the Hollywood sign are far from clear.
It was a beautiful experience. Great spot on top of the mountains with a free museum & a star gazing observatory. The museum seems really great for kids. A lot of interactive exhibits on the ground floor and is mostly about seasons, moon phases and things like that. The downstairs is more about space and Meteors. It has a cool place where you can see how much you weigh on different planets. The only bad thing is parking. It's BAD. We ended up basically hiking about 30 because we could not find parking. I wouldn't suggest going on the weekends without walking shoes and a coat. Gets cold up there.
We visited on a special event night. There were dozens of volunteers who brought their telescopes and aimed them at objects in the night sky, it was very informative and fun! The amazing views of Los Angeles were also a highlight of our entire trip. Would totally recommend for families and people of all ages
Parking gets a little crazy so bring running shoes just in case you have to walk! Great view at night even though I didn't get to look through the telescope. The lines get long so go early!
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