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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  • I have visited this place various times through the years, but moved from So Cal over eight years ago. It was great fun to revisit. This time, we parked below on Ferndell Dr. where we accessed the tra...  more »
  • When we arrived, at approximately 7pm the sky was a delightful colour and the Hollywood sign could be seen at a distance. This masterpiece of architecture is an asset to the city of L.A. The ticket pr...  more »
  • It is the obligatory passage for a breathtaking view of the HOLLYWOOD sign but also on the city below, especially the skyline of downtown. Really beautiful. To do day and night.
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  • It is a very educating and entertaining place. Pendulum, live Sun view and Tesla Coil are amazing. Views from the balcony and the upper level are beautiful. On the day of our visit there was an event driven by volunteers and amateur astronomers, they brought a variety of telescopes of all kinds and sizes, and everyone had an opportunity to see the Sun and the Moon. Almost $7 for an ice cream that's insane and they don't have price tags on it.
  • Griffith Observatory has the most stunning view of Los Angeles and the great thing is it's all free! There is a transportation system called Dash that's only $0.50 per rider, and it'll take you up the hill if you parked further down. You can also view the Hollywood sign. The museum is cool and also free. This place is great for pictures, and perfect for families.
  • Griffith Observatory is a must see when in L.A. a great place off the beaten path of the city where you can be surrounded by nature and see the city from above. The grounds are beautiful and has interesting statues and information plaques to read. There is a lot to see and experience here, just walking the grounds is peaceful with many vantage points. You can see the Hollywood sign from here. The drive to it is very short and there are also trails all around it you can explore.
  • Great views of LA and Hollywood. Note: Parking is pretty tough on weekends, but if you're just coming up here to walk around the park, come before noon on a weekday (since the Observatory doesn't open till noon, and parking is free before then). When the Observatory is open, parking is $8/hour! Entrance to the Observatory is free! 😍
  • The view of LA from the Observatory is amazing! If you are visiting LA, this place is a must visit. It was actually recommended by a friend living there. We visited in a Saturday, the traffic going up the hill wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. It's tourists attraction so it's always alive with people from all over. The parking by the Observatory is small, as you're getting close to it, you should street park if you don't mind walking few minutes up the hill.
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