Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory
4.5
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
A public observatory in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory has been featured in many movies, from 'Rebel Without a Cause' to 'La La Land'. Nestled on Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory boasts some of the best views of the city—the best time to visit is at sunset. Inside, the observatory offers quite the experience as well—it has a planetarium, various exhibits, free-to-use telescopes, and more. The best part? Admission is free and it’s easily accessible with plenty of parking. Make a day out of your visit at Griffith Park, where you’ll find hiking trails and horseback riding. – Tripadvisor
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  • WorldwideRover007
    United States2,800 contributions
    Free Hidden Gem
    This place has paid parking, free admission, and a gift shop. The top level is incredibly busy and crowded so it was difficult to see and get up close to some of the displays. The bottom level was more open and accessible. Multiple areas had interactive exhibits, lots of educational boards, and there are bathrooms. The view is hit or miss and solely based on the weather.
    Visited December 2022
    Written February 20, 2023
  • Howard A
    Auckland, New Zealand276 contributions
    A must for any visitor to LA.
    The exhibits at Griffiths are fabulous and very well presented. The planetarium is particularly impressive. Very comfortable and amazingly clear. The style of presentation is very American but the show is worthwhile. The real noon presentation was good but on a cloudy day our inexperienced presenter was somewhat out of his depth. On the day we were there it was seriously overcrowded. We had to squeeze between a horde of bodies to get anywhere. A lot of parents had brought toddlers who had zero interest in being there. The cafe was good and had a wide range of food. Well done. Most of the staff were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Tinytimtown
    Dartmouth, United Kingdom96 contributions
    Observatory has great views
    The observatory has great views over the city and of the sign. There is a DASH bus from the metro at Vermont and sunset station. The observatory is wheelchair accessible mostly some areas aren't and the layout is a bit funky. But you can get a map. Disappointed the cafe didn't serve any gluten free food according to staff ( which was a lie see photos).
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2023
  • lljjbb
    Worcester, Massachusetts458 contributions
    Amazing Views
    High above Los Angeles sits this incredible observatory. Great park and walking trails slightly below and all around. Great views from many areas and of course of the Hollywood Sign. Tour through the observatory and the varying exhibits. There is a cafe and gift shop. We took the Dash bus up to this location. Very busy with tourists, but expected. Cool afternoon adventure. Would be nice to go at night too!
    Visited January 2023
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Zpeanut
    Washington DC, District of Columbia53 contributions
    Catch a show & hike
    Great exhibits. Definitely see a show in the planetarium. Hands on exhibits for kids of all ages. Stunning views & great hikes. Parking is crazy so go early. It was easy to park at the Greek Theater and take the free shuttle to the main building.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Sara W
    6 contributions
    Visited Twice!
    Loved it here. It’s a gamble getting a disabled parking space, luckily the LAPD stepped in to help us! Beautiful surrounding but parking attendants are uninterested. Visited twice once in the day and again at night! Preferred the evening visit as older families, was easier to get round the exhibits. Travelling with a disabled child will always have challenges but providing you can get a disabled parking space you should be ok!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Bruce M
    115 contributions
    Worth visiting
    Been there on a Friday afternoon, around 03:00 PM. A little bit busy, but worth the visit. We have a beautiful view to L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Parking there costs USD 10 / hour.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Brian
    Springfield, Massachusetts27 contributions
    Amazing views
    Fantastic views of the city and Hollywood sign, although our 11 year old did not enjoy the hike to the top. Bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking up to the top. Check out the free museum inside.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2023
  • its5oclocksumwhere
    Derry, New Hampshire422 contributions
    Photo Spot!
    This was my second time going and I love it! The views are amazing! I took so many photos! Some day I would love to hike the trails. Parking was $10 an hour. Inside is a plethora of information! I loved the exhibits!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Rachaelj9902
    Seattle, Washington16 contributions
    You have to take this tour
    We had a wonderful tour. Our guide had so many tidbits that you wouldn’t get on your own. He had a great sense of humor and was extremely knowledgeable. He’d been to the Galileo museum in Italy, so he had photos of actual telescopes as comparisons of the replicas we were looking at.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 29, 2023
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