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Griffith Park

Park and Other Great Outdoors
Los Angeles
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  • observatory
  • hollywood sign
  • scenic views
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 25, 2013
    From the sublime parking to old zoo to the Merry-Go-Round (which has been operating since 1937), the largest urban park in America has been voted Best Of LA many times... Also perfect for picnics! Read more
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VincentDecember 24, 2014
    Head up to the top of the observatory for a stunning view. Make sure to take the time to take in the view. You can also see the Hollywood sign from the left side of the observatory.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    Leave the city behind and explore the dusty terrain! Plenty of hiking trails, seek out the old zoo grounds, marvel at the Hollywood sign, discover the stars and city view at the Griffith Observatory.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 17, 2014
    Great place to come and see the Hollywood sign and LA for free. Great to bring out of town friends and LA newbies. Such a breathtaking view of the city!! <3
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 25, 2012
    Want a dose of movie history? Head a 1/2 mile into the park via Canyon Dr. You'll see a dirt road on the right. A short walk up leads to The Bronson Caves, where many TV shows and films were shot. Read more
  • Join_Marc
    Join_MarcAugust 11, 2013
    Worth it ! - Make shure you'll be there for the sunset. LA, Stars, Hollywood Sign, sunset, what else do you want? (Bring a pullover with you - might get a little cold up there) Btw. Its FREE!
  • 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
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 25, 2012
    As L.A.'s largest historical monument, it represents the untamed qualities of the West--canyons, river plains, caves, low-lying slopes--and provides the 1 thing hard to come by in most cities, space. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 18, 2012
    As LA’s largest historical monument, it represents the untamed qualities of the West--canyons, river plains, caves, low-lying slopes--and it provides the 1 thing hard to come by in most cities, space. Read more
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KramerAugust 9, 2014
    Easily my favorite park in LA. It has the best view of LA, especially at night. There are great hikes all around the park. Good views of the Hollywood sign.
    Examiner.comMay 19, 2011
    Vista Del Valle Drive is a road on the southeast corner that is now closed to motor vehicles. This is a fantastic bike route that leads to a lookout to LA, Santa Monica and even the ocean on clear day Read more
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniJanuary 5, 2015
    Come at sunset for great views of city. Go up the exterior stairs of the building to get to the roof.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJanuary 23, 2015
    The definition of touristy. but so so worth it. Who doesn't love the stars and the lights? You gotta get there early though because the road to the summit bottlenecks like crazy
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GreenNovember 10, 2013
    Hiking here is great! You can hike up to the Hollywood sign or through the old LA Zoo. My legs are always killing me after this trail but I love it. The view from the top is AMAZING!!!!!
  • Heena K.
    Heena KaraniJuly 23, 2016
    Went on the bikes&hikes tour & thoroughly enjoyed it. Great views of the city
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Check out the Ferndell Nature Center, a shady oasis with lush trees acting as a canopy over park benches, making for a quaint getaway from the city.
  • Ijaz A.
    Ijaz AfzalJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go up on Crystal Springs and Griffith Park Dr. It is where the Old Zoo is at. Check out the remains of the Old Zoo and go up to some great view from the trails.
  • HowAboutWe
    HowAboutWeApril 14, 2011
    You can pretty much do it all here: picnics, hiking, dog-walking, running or star gazing (at the observatory). Romantic tip: the city lights at night are gorgeous from up here.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    At the top, there's no other place you see that kind of drama—it's barren hillside. You turn around, and wham! There's all of L.A. in front of you. Read more
  • Fūzd
    FūzdMay 23, 2013
    Date! Go for a hike or bike ride through this Los Feliz park. Not quite ready to sweat in front of each other? Stick to the zoo, the train ride or the merry-go-round. Or simply enjoy a picnic.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 3, 2013
    It's not just a view - panoramic LA city and Hollywood sign. They have a really mild hike and great exhibitions in the observatory. You can enjoy both day & night! Free parking! Great LA sightseeing!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesDecember 27, 2014
    One HUGE park. Plan out your trip before you come because you can get lost! Park rangers search for lost people several times a year.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    For years, the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club has been leading guided hikes through the many trails of Griffith Park.
  • Maroon 5
    Maroon 5June 7, 2012
    I love to jog these trails and play tennis over at the beautiful courts. We're really lucky to have this great resource in the middle of our city! - James
  • Wiley R.
    Wiley RobertsDecember 27, 2016
    Great trials to hike/run, 3 different golf courses, and beautiful scenery. Depending on where u go, the park isn't crowded
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MMay 5, 2010
    There's a great hike for out-of-town visitors. Starts near merry-go-round. 360 views of LA and Valley from the top, plus great views of Hollywood sign. But beware...a long uphill!
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 7, 2016
    Very cool park that I am very allergic to. Pack some Claritin and hike up to the observatory for awesome views.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    sit in the shade of a tree drinking coffee and the most amazing lavender biscuits I have ever tasted from the Trails Café , oh man I have to learn how to make those mmm
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunDecember 9, 2011
    Drive up to the observatory and hike the trails during the day, then star gaze at night! You'll feel like you're on top of the world!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 5, 2011
    Did you know? In 1882, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith purchased Griffith Park for use as an ostrich farm. He later gave the city 3000 acres, after supposedly seeing the ghost of the land’s first owner. Read more
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 20, 2013
    On Volunteer Day 2013 (9/24), UCLA volunteers will participate in Trail restoration, mulching, filling in gopher holes, and maintenance in areas of the park! #BruinsGiveBack
  • Christina D.
    Hangin w/the crowd.It's #PromNight.Screening #StephenKing #Carrie at #GreatHorrorMovieNight #GriffithPark #OldZoo on #CrystalSpringsDrive put on by #TenThirtyOneProductions.#HappyBirthdayHaven!
  • Skip G.
    Skip GDecember 1, 2009
    Check out Amir's Garden. It is a short hike up the trail from the intersection of Griffith Park Dr. and Mineral Wells Rd. Water fountain, horse trough, and plenty of seating and shade available. Read more
  • Mark M.
    Mark MeyersDecember 29, 2009
    Travel Town is great for kids. My preschooler loved the old trains and getting inside them. The little train you can ride in was great too. Very cheap and worth your time especially with kids.
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 17, 2010
    The largest municipal park with urban wilderness in the country, Griffith Park will serve as the location for 14 UCLA Volunteer Day sites. Join us on 9/21 as we work to beautify this popular spot. Read more
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CDecember 15, 2014
    Great place to see a view of LA. I can't believe that the city was once small enough that you could actually have an observatory there.
  • Christina D.
    It's #PromNight.Screening #StephenKing #Carrie at #GreatHorrorMovieNight in #GriffithPark #OldZoo on #CrystalSpringsDrive put on by #TenThirtyOneProductions.#HappyBirthdayHaven!#deharo70
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PattynamaAugust 22, 2013
    Bathrooms at the top near the observatory. Dogs allowed on leash.
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitSeptember 6, 2011
    Interested in science? Love looking at stars? Check out this nonprofit park with info. on astronomy and other fun topics; it’s recently renovated and looking stellar!
  • Mulholland Books
    Mulholland BooksMarch 25, 2013
    What most don’t know about this verdant park is that it’s a notorious body dump – as some unsuspecting hikers have had the misfortune to discover in Marcia Clark's thriller, Guilt by Degrees.
  • Corey P.
    Corey PFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Wear good shoes and carry plenty if water on hot days and enjoy the trails.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MariaAugust 12, 2013
    Hikes are amazing. Bring the dogs, plenty of water, and good shoes.
  • Anabella M.
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great place Although lots of people on the weekend. Go there for sunset or sundown
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10May 6, 2011
    Tee off early in the morning on a weekday if possible. And, play a “skins” style match in which the losers must perform embarrassing tasks at the winners’ request at the bar late that night. Read more
  • Jacx B.
    Jacx BernardoDecember 7, 2013
    If you are leaving the park after 10PM, don't use any other exit route except the road leading to Los Feliz, all gates close @10PM. But if like driving a dark, winding road, then check the routes.
  • Pamela B.
    Pamela BrooksJuly 20, 2013
    This park us such a haven. People who think LA is just about freeways and concrete need to visit Griffith.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PattynamaAugust 22, 2013
    Drive to the top or hike to the top. Kinda crowded near the observatory. Nice sunset.
  • Vladyslav Z.
    Vladyslav ZakharchenkoNovember 10, 2013
    The performance in planetarium was beyond my expectations. Definitely must see.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    Watch out for rattlesnakes and road apples...and Rattlesnakes eating Road Apples!!!
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyMarch 2, 2016
    Hiking from the bottom up to the observatory is a must do while in LA. The view is breathtaking.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PDecember 14, 2016
    Amazing LA oasis amidst the city bustle. Great for a day of sun, views, and fresh air.
  • Ross S.
    Ross SheingoldNovember 7, 2014
    Arrive early on the weekend, unless you like walking a long distance after parking your car...
  • Forrest
    ForrestFebruary 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Find a trail and walk up a mountain. There are some amazing views of DTLA.
  • Oscar F.
    Oscar FajardoAugust 10, 2013
    Get there early parking is limited , you will be force to hike.
  • eHow
    eHowSeptember 13, 2010
    The park offers numerous activities for children, including such famous attractions as the Los Angeles Zoo and the Griffith Observatory. Read more
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 11, 2012
    Best hiking trails! There every weekend. - Matthew Herrick, DTLA - The Series
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Visit during the summer months to see a free Shakespeare in the Park performance.
  • Tony R.
    Tony RamosMay 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    There are so many different routes and trails you can take to make every visit an adventure. Love Griffith Park!
  • Forrest
    ForrestJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hike up a mountain for great views of the ocean and the Hollywood sign.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 29, 2014
    love their trails♥ pretty place for picnic too ;)
  • Steve K.
    Steve KushnirApril 28, 2015
    this place is awesome, I love family here for the day so we can look at all the science stuff
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataSeptember 26, 2016
    My friends and I hiked it last year and it was breathtaking
  • Choy B.
    Choy BacorDecember 27, 2012
    Must visit the observatory. Free admission and exhibits.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 6, 2014
    Great views of the city. Parking can be tough.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LodinApril 5, 2016
    Especially great for those with young kids!
  • Luca B.
    Luca BelloiuOctober 26, 2013
    I come here to bury all of my bodies. Great bird watching too.
  • Marty B.
    Marty BJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Great trails for running
  • Sebastian S.
    Sebastian StockartFebruary 23, 2013
    Make sure to bring a blanket, food a cold beer. ;)
  • Choy B.
    Choy BacorDecember 27, 2012
    Look down on the sidewalk before entering the observatory to find fun things about our solar system.
  • Kristal W.
    Kristal WaybrightFebruary 9, 2015
    Bring water, hiking shoes and get ready to get vertical!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 25, 2015
    Huge park with tons of trails!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 7, 2011
    Go @metrolosangeles 2 Hollywood/Western & walk north 2 Fern Dell 4 hiking & lunch at The Trails.
  • Nyx O.
    Nyx OddityApril 27, 2013
    Great place to have fun while you exercise!
  • Ace
    AceNovember 23, 2011
    Coyotes are scary, but harmless. Just don't throw things at them :)
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    Join the UCLA Volunteer Center on April 1, 2011 as we go back to Griffith Park, one of the sites of our 2010 Volunteer Day. For more information, visit
  • Kris D.
    Kris DugaisJuly 25, 2015
    I love it here! Can never get tired of going!
  • Skye Q.
    Skye QuinnDecember 9, 2014
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  • Corey
    CoreyApril 22, 2016
    Fun for dogs!
  • rianna e.
    rianna engelAugust 18, 2015
    Trails! Amazing scenery! The Old Zoo.
  • Gary E.
    Gary EmeryJuly 30, 2012
    Go to the observatory at sunset, it's beautiful.
  • James F.
    James FaheyJuly 17, 2010
    Originally a part of the Spanish land grant, Rancho Los Feliz, the park was named for its former owner, Colonel Gr... Read more
  • Celeste
    CelesteJune 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Roads are closed at sundown, so don't come up here unless you're going to a show at the Greek!
  • Guilherme V.
    Guilherme VieiraSeptember 14, 2016
    Must be visited if you're in la
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    Take the right tunnel for a visit to Toon Town.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 13, 2010
    Griffith Park, at 4,014 acres of land, is the largest municipal park in the nation
  • Vince B.
    Vince BannonJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Used for Many. Film shoot- great place for the dogs to run + play!
  • Kaitlyn G.
    Kaitlyn GaglioOctober 2, 2015
    Watching the sunset and the city lights.
  • Sinan O.
    Sinan OncelerOctober 15, 2015
    Go there after sunset
  • UCLA Volunteer Center
    UCLA Volunteer CenterSeptember 25, 2012
    UCLA Volunteer Day 2012: 300 volunteers will be here September 25 to clean up and restore the trails at Griffith!
  • Edzel R.
    Edzel RebamontanFebruary 12, 2015
    This place is where some movies have been filmmed
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingFebruary 3, 2015
    There's so much more here than just the observatory
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithOctober 29, 2015
    Trails for all athletic levels.
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDJuly 7, 2016
    Trails, merry go round, train and poney rides
  • Ahmed B.
    Ahmed BawarethJuly 31, 2016
    Great place for hiking
  • Lexie
    LexieDecember 4, 2011
    Good place to lay down and take a nap :)
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MoranJuly 29, 2015
    Very calming and relaxing
  • Lara
    LaraAugust 30, 2014
    Perfect place for a picnic
  • Dora
    DoraJune 28, 2010
    Once a month there’s a “faery hunt” in the Fern Dell area – part hike, part theater, all fun!Powered by Read more
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LawrenceOctober 15, 2013
    It was a beautiful day!
  • Jennifer P.
    My favorite hike
  • Susie M.
    Susie McKinleyJanuary 13, 2014
    Come early for better parking
  • Angel R.
    Angel RicheyJanuary 11, 2015
    i smoke wherever i go great place to chief
  • Michael O.
    Michael OconitrilloSeptember 3, 2013
    Great BBQ areas
  • Cody C.
    Cody ColeApril 5
    Where I like to cruise in LA
  • La Sierra University
    La Sierra UniversityJanuary 7, 2014
    See the stars at Griffith Park & Observatory
  • Deborah Q.
    Deborah QuinziAugust 5, 2013
    360 dregree panoramic view of LA
  • Phil S.
    Great views of LA
  • Mahmood Z.
    Mahmood ZOctober 9, 2012
    Sony products still the best
  • Angel M.
    Angel MendozaNovember 28, 2013
    It's always beautifully done
  • Alli H.
    Alli HirshfieldDecember 5, 2010
    check out the obvervatory! and the planetarium!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerDecember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Endless entertainment possibilities here
  • D. G.
    D. G.October 28, 2015
    scenic views
  • GameTrailers .com
    GameTrailers .comMay 21, 2011
    Location in L.A. Noire video game by RockStar Games Read more
  • JT
    JTApril 5, 2010
    Great for night running as the road closures happen after sunset. Read more
  • Kirsten K.
    Kirsten KorteApril 5, 2015
    Scenic views
  • Voltaire V.
    Voltaire VillacruzadaMarch 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick up your trash!!!
  • Jessi P.
    Jessi PadgettFebruary 16, 2015
    Bucket list- CHECK!
  • Amal B.
    Amal BalghunaimJuly 8, 2016
    Shane's inspiration playground
  • Oscar O.
    Oscar OchoaJuly 20, 2013
    Are there coyotes in these parts?
  • Collier's Cheese
    Collier's CheeseAugust 12, 2011
    Land donated by Griffith Jenkins. Griffith a Welshman who made his fortune from mining.
  • Nabil B.
    Nabil BazzariApril 20, 2015
    Haven't been yet ...
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra HernandezMarch 22, 2015
    The trails
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Hike Mt. Hollywood, at sunrise or sunset. Wait for a clear, breezy day; after rains is best.
  • Corey F.
    Corey FrakesApril 22, 2010
    good place to hang out and get some fresh air
  • Michael R.
    Michael RodriguezAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place to train for a marathon
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielFebruary 12, 2015
    Really pretty
  • Peter M.
    Peter MuntersApril 8, 2010
    Treat Yourself Right. Have a picnic here beneath a pine tree.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromDecember 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss festival of lights, worth the walk
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MillsNovember 19, 2009
    Hike the freeway trail loop.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KajirianMarch 27, 2010
    Visit the Griffith Observatory Read more
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JeanAugust 8, 2011
    "Take nothing but photographs...leave nothing but footprints"
  • Mika K.
    Mika KolbAugust 7, 2009
    picnic in the shade.
  • Francis O.
    Francis OranteMarch 19, 2009
    Go check out train town and remember better times.
  • Trey D.
    Trey DaltonMarch 13, 2009
    go for a run
  • David M.
    David MMarch 13, 2009
    Find the Batcave
  • Kristina .
    Kristina 👼🏻January 20, 2015
  • Debora P.
    Debora PassosApril 3, 2013
    Vale muito a pena! Fantástica da vista do Hollywood Sign e da cidade inteira! O planetário é ainda melhor que o de NY!
  • Javier J.
    Excelente parque gratuito en los ángeles con actividades excelentes educativas para chicos y grandes
  • Alide A.
    Alide AmickNovember 27, 2015
    Von hieraus hat man einen wunderbaren Blick auf Los Angeles und das Hollywood-Zeichen.
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 22, 2014
    جلسات رائعة لشرب الشاي أو تناول وجبة غذاء. Nice relaxing seating for tea drink or a meal.
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BoissardJanuary 4, 2015
    Une journée entière est nécessaire pour profiter de toutes les expos des jardins et des terrasses.
  • ©limeidy .
    ©limeidy 🆙March 25, 2015
    Lugar imperdível para quem visita LA
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 12, 2016
    Sin señalizaciones, no supimos que hacer!
  • Cris G.
    Cris Garcia de grijalba oSeptember 22, 2015
    Hermoso lugar
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