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Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, California

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, California

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Submitted by: Greg G.

In a city where you usually have to pay good money for moments of extreme awesomeness, Griffith Observatory is THE most awesome free activity around. Sure I love the beaches, the parks, the touristy sightseeing activities- but there really is no free place I love to visit more than the Griffith Observatory. Great for kids and adults, the observatory sits high in the Hollywood hills about a quarter mile from the Hollywood sign. From this height you get sweeping views of Los Angeles, from the ocean to downtown and far beyond- I swear on a clear day you can see Mickey Mouse all the way in Orange County! Bring your camera because you WILL be taking pictures non-stop. Inside the observatory there are tons of free...

Submitted by: liz g.

Great family place, learning center, and exercise area. ...

Submitted by: Rex L.

This is a pretty amazing place if you like science stuff. I would recommend going around dusk. So you can see the skyline in the daylight as well as the night. I would also highly recommend watching the show in the planetarium. If I had watched that as a kid I would ha...

Submitted by: Krystle R.

I love the Griffith Observatory! Every time I come I always learn something new. It just never gets old. The views are great, the grass is always green, the observatory is always clean, and everything is always up and working properly. It's perfec...

Submitted by: Very V.

One Word. Rebel Without A Cause. Okay, I guess that's much longer than one word... but you get the point. Yeah. I love space... so of course, I love this place. I've been here many times (from when I was  a kid on...) and I remember coming here when you were actually able to park at the observatory...which you are no longer able to do. You park off site and take a shuttle to the observatory. Eh. The museum is lovely. It's been renovated and modernized a bit... but there are still those scales that tell you your weight on different planets. hahaha. I remember always liking those as a kid. I don't know... I'm a space nut... so I love everything about this place. I've probably seen all this little shows at the ...

Submitted by: Ritika T.

The Griffith Observatory is a MUST-SEE for everyone. It doesn't matter if you're 5 or 55, this place is LA's landmarks, and if you're a native and you haven't checked it out...go tomorrow! We parked at the bottom of the hill and made our trek upwards not knowing what exactly we will find other than a birds eye view. It was a cold, dark night, but the hill was still crowded with families, couples, and friends bundled up. Midway up the hill we noticed a lot of tourists taking pictures of the view. It turned out to be a great view of the infamous HOLLYWOOD sign! The top of the hill had a little picnic area and tons of more photo ops with Los Angeles skyline as the backdrop. I used one of those public telescopes...

Submitted by: Julie L.

This place brings you one step closer to the stars. Literally and figuratively. =) Sooooooo PRETTY at night. Everything sparkles like glitter! One of the most loveliest places in LA to go see a view of the vast cityscape and a view of the universe above...and all for FREE! The architecture of the observatory (interior and exterior) is pretty awesome too. You can go inside and wander around the museum. Learn lots of cool astronomy stuff. Watch a star show, wander around the grounds. If you go into the room that holds the large telescope, there is an astronomer inside that can teach you about the telescope and on clear nights show you views of the stars above. There is so much to see and do nearby (awesome hik...

Submitted by: Tawny P.

MUST GO AT NIGHT!!!!!!! So if you know my reviews you already know that i'm a sucker for city lights!! Lets start from the inside out and save the BEST for last! ;-) so ok...this observatory is for Astronomy really apreciating the sky and ALL it has to offer! the stars, the names of them, and what they mean digging deeper, and looking into huge telescopes and seeing a Star Show that just blows your mind!! Seeing all this is really AMAZING! if this doesn't blow you away well then let me tell you about outside!! Ok READY?!!!! SO!....you walk outside around the front entrance onto the back of the building.....and........WOOOOOOOOOW!!!! Just AMAZING! you get the whole view of all of Los Angeles and Hollywood in ...

Submitted by: Victor H.

This is by far one of my favorite places to go to when I'm in Los Angeles. L.A is where I grew up. So naturally my parents would bring me up here. And more often then not. This was a hot spot for field trips while being in elementary school. It's free for the most part. Both parking and entrance to the observatory. I believe theres a nominal fee for the planetarium show. And not to mention the snacks and soft drinks they offer inside the cafe. The small telescopes that sit outside also charge some change. But that's nothing new. This place has the most amazing views of all of Los Angeles. From the Hollywood sign. To dodger stadium, to parts of the Hollywood strip. And so forth. It only gets better at night. ...

Submitted by: Erin P.

Gotta love free stuff to do in LA.  My roommate and I went here after seeing a taping of a TV show at CBS.  It was my first time.  By the time that we got there, it was about 830pm.  Which was perfect, because it's an observatory and the stuff you want to see only comes out at night!  Free parking and admission.  No smoking anywhere in Griffith Park, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on what kind of person you are.   The top level is kinda boring, mostly small diagrams and things you would go to on a school trip.  The bottom level is the part the school kids probably love, and anyone else who has a youthful spirit.  There is a display and a scale model for each planet.  Scales built into the floo...

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