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Griffith Observatory

Observatory, Scenic Lookout, and Science Museum
Los Angeles
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  • scenic views
  • hollywood sign
  • hiking
  • planetarium
  • trails
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 26, 2013
    Voted Best Of LA numerous times, the Observatory is the site of the famous James Dean knife fight scene in "Rebel Without A Cause". Aside from the heavenly view, the planetarium gift shop is awesome! Read more
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 2, 2012
    Grab your hiking boots and make your way from the Los Angeles Zoo to the Griffith Observatory, made famous by “Rebel Without a Cause.” Stop at Trails Café for lunch.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PalmieriFebruary 13, 2015
    The best view of the city. I love the park that is around and also enjoyed the way until I get there. The only thing that you need to now is if you are going without a car you must to get back early.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin ToDecember 16, 2015
    The view of Los Angeles and Hollywood from up here is amazing, but don't forget to walk inside the observatory for the main attraction. The Griffith Observatory houses some great, must see exhibits!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Solutions i.
    Solutions in LAOctober 10, 2012
    Perfect place to watch the sky. It has been newly renovated, and is the perfect place to learn about the universe. Griffith Park is also the perfect place to get a view of a LA and have a nice picnic.
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    In 1896, Col. Griffith J. Griffith gave funds in his will to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on this donated land. Construction began in 1933 and opened to the public in 1935.
  • aidonna25 A.
    We spent there a wonderful time last Saturday! There were gorgeous and breathtaking views from the roof) parking is terrible though! But will be going again for sure!😍😍😍
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HamiltonJanuary 23, 2015
    The view is fantastic! Great to hike up to or just drive, explore the grounds, and then go inside to expand your knowledge. Check their schedule for upcoming events/talks! Very enlightening!
  • Cathérine V.
    Cathérine V.DSeptember 7, 2016
    If you can, go and watch a show! Was a great experience!! Try to get there at 6-7pm so you can see it by day/night. Magnificent view!!!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 9, 2015
    Beautiful building, beautiful view of LA and the sunset, free science exhibit with a lot to explore, great hikes around it. Must stop here.
    Upvoted Mar 19
  • Diego W.
    Diego Wan Der LeySeptember 27, 2013
    Simple but very insightful observatory! . You can have a great view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!
  • Steve J.
    Steve JohnstonOctober 20, 2014
    This legendary location lives up to its reputation. Incredible views of the city, and a well-adorned astronomy museum. Expect a hike when it comes to parking.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonSeptember 15, 2015
    Parking's a pain in the ass, if you can, take a bus over and walk up otherwise come early. Definitely see the sunset and the shows in the planetarium are absolutely breathtaking, really cheap too!
  • Roobee H.
    Roobee H.July 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places to hike. We start from the bottom to go all the up. Pass the observatory. It's like a good 2hr hike for us and 6miles.
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄October 18, 2016
    An awesome observatory with amazing views of Los Angeles. You can see the Hollywood sign from the property and there's some nice hiking trails below in the hills. Check it out, it's free!
  • Bailey
    BaileyNovember 3, 2016
    Really awesome exhibits on astronomy, it's history and great scientific explanations. And then there are the views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CooperMarch 20, 2015
    Incredible views over LA and of the Hollywood sign. A must for those visiting LA, head down just before sunset. Spectacular! If you're lucky you may see a few Hummingbirds too.
  • Zemanta
    ZemantaOctober 17, 2011
    Bloggers, need inspiration? Great for day or night view of LA. Hike around the hills, catch a star show at night then grab dinner at the bottom of hill at Little Doms in Los Feliz (via @jamiehonkawa)!
  • Arpita J.
    Arpita JainJanuary 24, 2016
    Amazing view, nice trails, good scientific stuff. For trails visit during day time and to get a amazing view of LA city in night. Don't forget to take your love one's along 😉
  • Heather D.
    Heather DelamortonJune 6, 2011
    If you're ever in the L.A area the Griffith Observatory is a MUST. The Light of the Valkyries & Centered in the Universe are both UHHmazing shows. Great place to go to for date night & fun for kids.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    A beautiful landmark perched atop Mount Hollywood. Provides fascinating exhibits and breathtaking views of the LA skyline and Hollywood sign.
  • Alesha D.
    Alesha DaileyAugust 2, 2013
    This is the place I almost always end up after a night out with friends. Best views of LA and the perfect way to end a night! *It's a pretty amazing spot for a date also!*
  • Diana K.
    Diana K.August 26, 2012
    This wasn't at the top of my to-see list, but it was actually very impressive. Loved the beautiful observatory, the breathtaking views of the city and mountains,, and the planetarium show.
  • Marvin A.
    Marvin AndujarJuly 7, 2013
    The view in this place is magnificent. Although I did not get to see the planetarium it is a good place to visit. You can also see the Hollywood sign from here. I give this place 4 out of 5.
  • Magali M.
    Magali MAugust 18, 2013
    Dont miss the "center of the universe" show at the planetarium, it is a must see, one of the best i've ever seen (maybe even better than the rose planetarium in nyc).
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 13, 2011
    Griffith is the largest city park with wilderness area in the U.S. On 9/20/11 UCLA volunteers will be here to maintain and restore trails. Please join us in the effort of keeping this park clean! Read more
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterOctober 3, 2015
    Yrs of lovely, romantic moments here :) #1 spot for the most spectacular views of LA! Go watch the sunset, visit Planetarium, & see the stars w/ the lawn telescopes instead of lining up 4 Zeiss.
  • Néstor
    NéstorJune 11, 2015
    Beware on sunny days or bank holidays, it can get crowded and the walk from the "extra parking" can be 20 or more minutes. However the views are great. I thought the hollywood sign was bigger.
    Daytrippen.comAugust 24, 2012
    Weekends the Observatory opens at 10:00 am get there then and you should be able to park in the main parking lot saving you from walking up hill if you park on the street. Read more
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    A must-see Los Angeles mountain-top location with amazing views where stars, moons, and galaxies mix with James Dean Hollywood lore. Sunsets at the Observatory are not to be missed.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PagaranAugust 25, 2013
    My absolute favorite spot to be at night in LA. The view is wondrous. I recommend the Comet show for kids and seeing a planetarium show. The food at the cafe is expensive though.
  • Cathrine J.
    Cathrine JohansenNovember 7, 2016
    Great view over LA. A nice park with lots of hiking opportunities around. Nice view of the Hollywood sign! Parking was challenging.
  • The Fluff Ice™ Truck
    The Fluff Ice™ TruckFebruary 16, 2012
    Griffith Observatory has an amazing view of Los Angeles as well as a yummy cafe catered by Wolfgang Puck! Also, make sure to catch the Planetarium show -- the narrator is amazing!
  • Qaiser B.
    Qaiser BachaniDecember 23, 2016
    A must visit attraction for the first timers in LA. Come here for sunset to enjoy the breathtaking views of Greater LA
  • etta y.
    etta ySeptember 18, 2014
    One of my favorite spots in LA. Just be careful not to fall down the hill making your way back to the car in the dark.
  • Richard R.
    Richard Revilla6 days ago
    Great place to visit at sunset. The LA sky lights up and the colors are amazing. On a clear day (smog) you have an amazing view of downtown LA.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    I love this place. The view itself is amazing. Especially at sun set the light reflects the yellows and reds of the pollution the lights of the city switch on like some glowing circuit board.
  • Mary Ellen S.
    Mary Ellen SchrockAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Almost any clear night there are amateur astronomers on the front lawn with high powered telescopes aimed at unique places in the universe. If the observatory telescope line is long check this out!
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 15, 2012
    It's crowded, touristy, and often filled with screaming children, but it's a lovely structure with fantastic views. I suggest parking on the street below and taking the slightly strenuous walk up.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    A wise man once said, “To gaze into a star is to gaze into one’s own soul.” A wiser man then said, “This man’s temperature is 105 degrees. He’s delirious.” I like to believe they were both right.
  • Giang P.
    Giang PhamJuly 30, 2016
    You should go here at night for the amazing city view. The weather is also much better than during the day time.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 5, 2013
    Have you ever watched a movie that shows the Hollywood sign, or wanted to capture the best view in Los Angeles? The Griffith Observatory can provide those two must-sees in California! Go check it out!
  • Dorothy P.
    Dorothy PincusApril 18, 2013
    The Griffith Observatory, is a great place to take your family and spend all day learning about history...I love it.
  • lomography
    lomographySeptember 30, 2011
    The beautiful and newly-renovated Griffith Observatory is a must-see destination! It is also a must-photograph! No matter what film is in your camera, your photos will be out-of-this world!
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley PitcockJune 17, 2015
    Cool place to learn about astronomy. Good view of the Hollywood sign but definitely not the best and you have to wait in a long line to get up there.
  • LaMecia B.
    LaMecia ButlerApril 20, 2013
    Great place to bring kids and learn about the sun and solar system. Check out the periodic table of elements exhibit.
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur SabintsevApril 7, 2015
    One of my favorite sites in LA! Beautiful views of the city and Hollywood sign. Downside: no place to park.
  • Teej S.
    Teej San JoseApril 16, 2011
    When visiting the Griffith Observatory, make sure you wear your most comfortable sneakers as you may need to walk uphill especially if there are many tourists. Ideal to visit late afternoon to early e
  • Opportunity Green
    Opportunity GreenSeptember 18, 2010
    An amazing place to watch the sun set over Los Angeles. Also, make sure to visit the Depths of Space exhibit. The story of the big bang really makes you appreciate how precious our green earth is.
  • Marilyn a.
    Marilyn at Forkful.netAugust 30, 2014
    Entrabce to the Griffith Observatory is completely free, except for the live narrated planetarium show, which is worth the USD 7.00.
  • Mert S.
    Mert SakaAugust 7, 2014
    You should first check the show times then go around the place. Tip: Is it a summer weekend afternoon? Little/no chance to park your car in the main parking lot.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MoranJune 10, 2013
    The Griffith Observatory is a good place to go on a date at night the views of LA are beautiful and romantic.
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    The 300 seat Oschin Planetarium is one of the finest and most technologically sophisticated in the world. Once a month, Los Angeles astronomy clubs host a free Public Star Party on the lawn. Read more
  • Justyn W.
    Justyn WarnerMay 4, 2014
    Amazing experience to see the stars and planets at night. Came on a lucky night people had their high powered telescopes out you could use for free.
  • Michael Anthony
    Michael AnthonyDecember 14, 2012
    The curators are polite and informative, go up to one an say "Hi"—esp. if you think they're cute! ;)
  • Spencer J.
    Spencer JohnsonAugust 20, 2012
    Get there about 20 minutes before sunset, you'll need the time to walk up the hill! Due to all the visitors, you'll end up parking quite a ways down the hillside.
  • Otis College of Art and Design
    Visible from almost every high point in the city, this shining white art deco monument, built in 1935, lets visitors view city and stars through a Zeiss Telescope mounted at 1,134 ft above sea level !
  • Bob C.
    Bob ChoatApril 15, 2011
    The Oschin Planetarium is fantastic and the show will educate and have you soaring through the Universe. Check it out when you're there. You can even do a little hike prior.
  • Write for Hollywood
    Write for HollywoodJuly 11, 2013
    If you're a James Dean fan, or a fan of Hollywood period, this is a must. Fantastic view, stunning architecture and Rebel Without A Cause.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 21, 2012
    Great view of LA, neat science gadgets inside, and awesome hiking trails all over the park grounds!! The nerd in you needs to visit this place!!
  • Edzel R.
    Edzel RebamontanFebruary 7, 2015
    If you want to see the city of Los Angeles in a panoramic view, this is the place. And also a good place to learn about our Solar System
    DHR.comSeptember 20, 2011
    Love science? Go to the Griffith Observatory, home to the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, Hall of the Eye, and the amazing Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Open Wed-Fri at 12nn-10pm, weekends at 10am-10pm.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah AbibFebruary 23, 2016
    I loved seeing Downtown LA and the Hollywood sign ! The park is beautiful, and it's a great place to go with your family.
  • Donald B.
    Donald BuleyJune 10, 2013
    Heard about this on a ep of Big Bang Theory and decided to check this out while on vacation. Such a great location, and the Observatory itself was enthralling. I could have spent hours there.
  • UCLA
    UCLAJune 4, 2012
    The Observatory originally opened to the public in 1935, and was reopened in 2006 after renovations. It's a great place to take in the view or snap a photo in front of the Hollywood sign.
  • Jazmin O.
    Jazmin OrtegaSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    An iconic spot every Angeleno and their out-of-town friends should visit. There's a Wolfgang Puck cafe in the lower level. Amazing views of LA at sunset.
  • Wally W.
    The Center of the Universe show in the observatory is the best 7 dollars I've ever spent in my life. Halfway through I just started bawling. It really emotionally resonated with me.
  • Ferran
    FerranFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If (as a tourist) had to choose only one thing to do in LA it would be watching the city the sun sets from the observatory. Even when it is full of people it is not that difficult to find calm spots.
  • David B.
    David BanMarch 27, 2014
    The observatory itself is very cool, but if you have time don't miss a hike in the surrounding hills - the views are worth the dust.
  • C B.
    C BaileySeptember 15, 2015
    Absolutely loved being here. Beautiful views and great exhibits. Hike the trails nearby and watch the sunset. Bring a flashlight
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergApril 2, 2013
    Nice place to take in the sunset on a clear day/night. Get there early though, parking is a BITCH and walking 2+ miles down hill in the dark to get to your car SUCKS.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddJuly 29, 2015
    The people working inside are especially friendly and knowledgeable. Make sure to ask them questions and watch them show off exhibits!
  • Alexis
    AlexisAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places! Nice cafe to grab lunch or early dinner while visiting the observatory. They have telescopes out on the lawn to see the sun, moon, and planets!
  • John K.
    John Kidde4 days ago
    Can't beat that sunset view. Save some $ and park down the hill, it's a trek up but let's be real - we could all use some exercise.
  • Pınar K.
    A great place to spend the night in. Great Los Angeles view and the fog that comes and goes away gives it a mystique atmoshphere🙌
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    To learn about stars that are truly out of this world, the exhibitions and displays in this Griffith Park landmark are all free.
  • ChezBlackstar
    ChezBlackstarFebruary 4, 2016
    It's free so come one , come all! Remember to park along the road as its closer parking is paid. Great view of the Hollywood sign!
  • Darren F.
    Darren FarrisJune 13, 2010
    Still one of my favorite places to go on a late Friday afternoon. Be careful if you use GPS. It sends you about 3 miles off. Get there late afternoon to catch day/evening views of L.A.~df
  • Hamsah B.
    Hamsah BMarch 28, 2015
    This place is Amazing!! I recommend you go there a little before sunset and stay until it gets dark. The view of the city lights is beautiful as it gets dark 🌃💙
  • Colin N.
    Colin NelsonFebruary 20
    Amazing hiking and scenic views of LA, can see the entire city. MUST do for tourists
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna C.March 29, 2016
    Definitely catch a show in the planetarium. "Centered in the Universe" was inspiring and challenging. Great for people of all ages!
  • Jansait Q.
    Jansait QoughondoqaDecember 6, 2014
    A great place to go while in LA. Scientific with a beautiful view to Hollywood sign and the city. Recommended for hikers too :)
  • Karine T.
    Karine TovmassianNovember 17, 2013
    Great place to spend some time with the giants of astrophysics. Also a nice date spot.
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceMay 28, 2015
    Take your parents, take your dates. Amazing night view of the entire city! A must in LA.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 23, 2012
    may be difficult to find parking. go on a clear night to get good views from the telescope. the rest of the museum has a lot of stuff to look at as well
  • Richard Y.
    Richard YabutSeptember 17, 2011
    Free admission / there's some areas where you have to pay ... but definitely worth the trip even if you just go for the free stuff. Parking is insane on weekends
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataFebruary 24, 2016
    It's beautiful both day and night, so try to be there a little before sundown. It's honestly a blast, in and out of the observatory.
  • Mary Ellen S.
    Mary Ellen SchrockAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out one of the Telsa Coil demonstrations given by an employee once every two hours on the main level east hall. Seeing free flowing electricity as if your in the clouds of a lightening storm!
  • osbornation
    osbornationFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    telescope views of the moon are worth the wait in line. it's a quick viewing that some might find underwhelming, but remember it's the actual moon and the only one we've got!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 9, 2014
    Stunning views of the city. Check out the 300-seat planetarium, they shows are fantastic (and affordable).
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesDecember 4, 2014
    If the weather is nice, it is a good point to photograph the Hollywood sign
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    Definitely check out the Tesla Coil demonstration for an electrifying performance!...I know I've been hanging around too many movie studio tour guides today...
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrashearSeptember 3, 2012
    I'm from Ohio and visited LA with a broken ankle. The super nice guard at the parking lot let us park in the disabled parking without even blinking an eye and without my disability placard.
  • Nitin B.
    Nitin BhMay 11, 2013
    Great point to view the city, ocean, hills, and Hollywood sign, all from one place. Good place for picnic and brunch
  • kyle r.
    kyle rootDecember 10, 2015
    Cool place at dusk. Nice sunset and city view. Free. Lots of trails.
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonAugust 4, 2011
    Hiking here with the spectacular view of LA is one of Elodie Bouchez’s favorite things to do in LA. Check out other recommendations from the French actress on her Ambler Route at the LV Amble Site. Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 30, 2013
    Best known for its starring role in James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause, the Observatory recently made appearances in Devil In a Blue Dress, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle & Transformers.
  • Jamie T.
    Jamie ThomasFebruary 16, 2016
    While the view from the observatory is great, there are even more beautiful views if you take the trail to the top.
  • Micha P.
    Micha PeeryJune 29, 2010
    Make sure you check out the amazing hiking trails located near the observatory. My favorite is the Mt. Hollywood trail. 360 degree view of LA and the Valley. It is spectacular. Read more
  • Steven🎸🎧🍔🍟 M.
    Let your inner Carl Sagan/Neil deGrasse Tyson/Michio Kaku run free! Check out the Foucault Pendulum in the main lobby!
  • Marteeno S.
    Marteeno SantosNovember 18, 2015
    Toyota tiene Free WiFi, la vista del Downtown es magnífica, la señal de Hollywood te queda perfecta para fotos (después de las 5pm por el sol) el busto de James Dean y la entrada es libre!
  • rasi_ffm
    rasi_ffmJune 20, 2013
    Die Shows im Planetarium sind sehenswert! Der Zugang zum Teleskop ist frei, im Juni nach 19:00 Uhr. Tolle Aussicht auf die ganze Stadt und den Hollywood-Schriftzug!
  • Marie P.
    Marie PicciMay 21, 2016
    La vue sur la ville est à couper le souffle, ça vaut largement la peine d'y faire un tour ! Je recommande d'y aller en début de matinée quand il n'y a pas encore trop de luminosité.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FedFebruary 7
    Одно из любимых мест)особенно на рассвете!ночью въезд в парк закоыт до 5 утра)вход бесплатный,но есть пару интересных платных шоу и можно посмотреть в телескопы вечером)
  • Juan M.
    Juan MejiaJune 1, 2014
    Visita el observatorio. Ver un pedazo de la #luna conoce tu peso segun cada planeta trozos de meteoros y ver la ciudad de Los Angeles desde lo alto. Es genial y asombroso.
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 10, 2016
    Observatório, planetário, mirante, monumento. A entrada é gratuita. Das vistas mais bonitas de LA, incluindo o melhor ângulo para se ver o letreiro de Hollywood. Estaciona: grátis, porém limitado.
  • JoE A.
    JoE AokiDecember 6, 2013
    O melhor passeio de LA para quem curte a natureza e para quem quer ter a vista de toda a cidade, do mar até a montanha. Quem esteve em LA e não veio até aqui, vai ter quer voltar!!!
  • Leila R.
    Leila RibeiroJanuary 19, 2013
    Lugar bem bacana, free e perto da placa de Hollywood, mas beeem cheio o estacionamento (que é free \0/) e os banheiros poucos e não tão limpos para os padrões dos EUA. Recomendo o passeio ;)
  • aka k.
    aka kum4chFebruary 18, 2016
    Шикарный вид на город, чистый воздух и, конечно же, обсерватория - это просто нечто...
  • Omar R.
    Omar Ruiz NavarroJanuary 2, 2013
    Lleven un orden en su visita para que no se pierdan nada y no dejen de oír las explicaciones y exposiciones de los asistentes, son científicos con apasionantes datos del universo y la física.
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