This beautiful observatory building in the Hollywood Hills is a mecca for science lovers and film buffs alike (and also fans of GTA V). Its myriad of exhibits, including a Tesla coil, a Foucault Pendulum, and a giant telescope among others, are totally free to the public... and the countless number of projects filmed here (including, most famously, "Rebel Without a Cause") add to the interest. The stellar views of the city don't hurt, either.
“See the stars in this unique Observatory”
Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. Griffith Observatory's unique architecture and setting, compelling programmatic offerings, and cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited landmarks in southern California. Tens of millions have come to walk the inside of the building, view the live planetarium shows, or simply gaze out towards the coast and the heavens. This cultural and scientific icon owes its existence to the dream of one man, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, and to the dedicated scientists and public servants who worked to fulfill his vision of making astronomy and observation accessible to all.
I love this place! Free admission, incredible views, and science! Be sure to catch the short movie about the observatory with Leonard Nimoy, watch the sunset on the patio with a cup of coffee, and peer through the giant telescope after dark.
At night, the line to use the big telescope is SUPER long, so get there early if you're set on that. Or you can amuse yourself with one of the smaller ones which are still awesome. Also, it's basically free, which I love.
Closed on Mondays. DOES have free wifi. Great views!
This is one place to go and see the beauty from above! Without any entrance fee you will be able to become one with the telescope and explore what happens above the earth...among the stars!
Very educational, but so worth it. If you are afraid of the heights I would not recommend it.
The Planetarium Show is fantastic to see and the views from up there just one in a million!!
Do not miss it!
On a clear day you can see almost the entire city (including the Hollywood sign!) from up here. Going up right before sunset is apparently pretty spectacular.
I loved visiting the Griffith Park observatory when I traveled to L.A. Along the drive up to the observatory you get some great views of the Hollywood sign, and once you get to the top you get an amazing panorama of the Los Angeles area. The observatory itself is also pretty cool, and included a huge telescope that you can wait in line to use.
In the game "Grand Theft Auto VI" this is the Los Santos Observatory, located on Verdant Bluffs. In real-life there's no major gang activity to speak of, and no safe houses. This place is super easy to visit in real-life as it’s modeled after Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction in L.A. with loads of spacey and sciencey stuffs.
This is where the Terminator crash lands at Griffith Park Observatory. It was also featured in Grand Theft Auto V.
Great view of the Hollywood sign.
Amazing place! Totally free, great views, awesome exhibits...10/10! The parking lot gets packed extremely fast, so either arrive early or plan on parking along the street and hiking up. Bring water because the LA heat will get you.
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- Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for cultural-travelers. Has a historic vibe.
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