Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Los Angeles  /  Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

#1 of 780 in Childrens Museums in United States
Must see · Observatory · Museum
Explore the wonders of our solar system and the galaxy at Griffith Observatory. Donated to the city over a century ago, the observatory offers free admission to an array of space and science exhibits, including a nationally recognized planetarium and public telescopes. Situated high on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood, the complex offers views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. Secure a spot outside after visiting the observatory to enjoy views of the Hollywood sign or the dramatic coastline. Make Griffith Observatory a part of your Los Angeles vacation plans using our Los Angeles trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
20,306 reviews
  • Wonderful drive up to the illuminated observatory. Easy parking. Lots of safe walking space and plenty of people around still at 9 pm. Wonderful view of the entire city, makes everything look so...  more »
  • Stunning view from Los Angeles. Nice parks around to do some hiking. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunset.  more »
  • The observatory is a great place to visit. The views from the top of the hill are awesome. The stuff inside is great too. There's a lot to see and a lot of informative information about everything from stars and planets to seasons and eclipses. The telescope at the top is nice but be warned it is actually opened to use from 7-9:30pm before that you can only get a glimpse at it. They have a few nice shows to check out as well. Once you're done seeing everything you can inside there are nice trails you can walk too. The only downside in my opinion is the drive to get up there. It goes through one winding residential road and it takes forever because of that reason. If you park down by the Greek expect a long up hill and steep walk or a long line for the shuttle. Walking back to my car there was a huge line of people waiting for the shuttle back down. Once you go up to the observatory parking lot it's small and cramped but there were quite a few spaces even though there was a sign saying the lot was full and there were also a few spots along the side of the road closer to the top. The cost is $10 an hour so I wouldn't expect to many people to pay for more than a couple of hours.
  • Great place to visit. The scene from the top of the hill is very nice. We can see the Hollywood hill from here. Inside the observatory, there are a lot of interesting information help to understand better about our universe. The way they explain and visualize knowledge is very creative and easy to understand. They also provide excellent performance about some subject. I joined the Water- the origin of life. It was fantastic. Even though it is always crowded and very hard to find a place for parking, I still think this is a must-see destination in LA.

Plan your trip to Los Angeles

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.