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Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1255
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    Looking for beautiful place to go to on a date? This place is definitely a given, especially when you come at night. It gives a beautiful view of the city, and if you come on a good night, you can look up and watch the stars. They close at 10 pm, which is a bit earlier than I prefer, but you know, not really many public places like this are opened til 10 pm. So I cannot complain.

    It does get chilly up here sometimes, but that is why it is a great place to bring a date, if you understand my drift. Plus with a great view, you cannot top that. Good place to just walk around and talk with someone you like too. And the great thing is that it is free.

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    This place is awesome! I wouldn't say I'm particularly interested in space, but I still enjoy myself whenever I pay Griffith Observatory a visit.

    Even if you aren't interested in the museum, coming here is worth it simply for the views! You can get a decent glimpse of the Hollywood sign from the front of the building, but if you walk around you'll see views from all directions! There is a fun hiking trail adjacent to the observatory, too.

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    If you love looking at the stars just an amazing view of the city, you don't want to miss out on the observatory!

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    This is not only a majestic viewpoint overlooking Los Angeles, it's also a science museum. There's also hiking trails in the area, so there's plenty to enjoy besides the view.

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    Intergalactic planetary! yeah I guess the beastie boys were talken about this place!

    My next review goes to an iconic Los Angeles place, Griffith Observatory!

    This place is what I consider right with the world. A fantastic place for the young, old, middle aged, or anything else. We can all have fun here in this location of learning.

    I especially like that it is 100% free to come here. If you decide to watch their short movie, you will pay a pittance to learn a bit about our solar system. Ohhh and did I mention lots and lots and lots of FREE parking! How rare is that in Los Angeles for a major tourist and locals attraction?

    Pro Tip: Bring lunch with you and eat it on the roof while or at the railing edge looking out over all of Los Angeles.

    Hell on a clear day you can see San Vicente and Catalina islands as well as OC and Venice. Inside the observatory you can see a ton of other awesome things: the output of several different telescopes as they capture various stuff. This is a very fun interactive way for the kids to learn and begin to explore our place in the physical universe.

    The model room is crazy cool and has lots to offer anyone who goes to visit. Overall i cant name many places I would rather just go and chill at. You can see the Hollywood sign from here very easily as well as get pictures with it in the background.

    The gift shop has some fun swag as well. They even had a kids school pack deal at the end of summer, eraser, pencil, water bottle, ruler, and something else for $4.99. it was kewl since the items alone had cost about double the deal price!

    So if you have never been here, go back. If you have been here, go again! It is sooooooooooooo worthwhile!

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    This art deco gem is a great planetarium but better known for its great views of LA. It was smoggy when we were there but still enjoyable.

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    Part lookout to the city, and part exploration of the night sky, the Griffith Observatory is great perch to find yourself. It's free to park and explore quite a bit of the Observatory. They have a cafe and gift shop. As a resident, it's a mini-getaway for me. I'll walk up the hill and it's a really peaceful place. Also check out when the next viewing party is -- it's where the lawn becomes adorned with telescopes for a memorable experience.

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    What a lovely place to visit. Not only do you get a sweeping view of the LA basin, you can explore the observatory's exhibits and shows. You can find out your weight on various planets, look at a live view of the sun, and so much more. They have a fun gift shop with some pretty cool items too. If you go as it's getting dark, you can check out their telescopes and maybe spot a planet or other interesting celestial object. Oh - and it's FREE!

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    LOVE IT HERE!

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    Star gazing in Hollywood. Visit where Rebel without a cause was filmed. Explore the planetarium and enjoy a star gazing lecture.

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    Set on the south side of Mount Hollywood is Griffith Observatory. The city views are picture perfect and you can find an incredible telescope and planetarium inside! You have to visit this destination. It is a staple in Los Angeles history. I liked to imagine sitting up at the observatory when LA was first being settled!

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    Since the observatory opened in 1935, admission has been free, in accordance with Griffith's will. 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 high above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. Griffith's objective was to make astronomy accessible by the public, as opposed to the prevailing idea that observatories should be located on remote mountaintops and restricted to scientists. There are photo opportunities and scenery at and around the Observatory, with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood Sign and Downtown Los Angeles.

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    YOU WANT A PLACE FOR A DATE... THAT IS VERY AFFORDABLE AND AMAZING.

    look no further my friend! :)

    WHAT YOU GOT...

    hiking trails
    views of the hollywood side
    beautiful nature surrounding you
    a planetarium (brings me back to the good old elementary school days...)

    BEST OF ALL.... VIEWS OF EL LAY!!!!

    Gotta try coming here at night for sure!

    Best part is IT IS FFREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! excluding the planetarium which is $5 for students :)

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    Short history of this Observatory
    - Griffith Observatory is located facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A. Griffith Park. It has 3,015 acres. Construction began in 1933 and opened to public in 1935. Architect design by John C Austin and Fredrick M Ashley.

    Pros:
    + Free admission made it possible by donation of Col. Griffith.
    + Free Parking
    + Great location excellent for photo ops (Hollywood Sign) and view City Light.
    + Interesting planetarium shows
    + Staff are friendly
    + Lots of free tours around the Observatory.
    + Chance to see the planet up close.
    + Can bring you food and watch a great view in the cafeteria.

    Cons:
    - No restaurant, just package deli and salad.
    - Only open 5 out 7 days.

    Conclusion:
    Griffith Observatory is easily one of must see L.A. Landmark for local and visitor as well. Chance to take some amazing photos from city and the Hollywood Sign. Kids would love as well.

    Tips:
    * It offer Student Discount if you bring your ID.
    * Time near sunset is the busiest

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    Griffith Observatory is an awesome spot to visit. You'll find an amazing science center that offers stunning views over Los Angeles. I wish I'd had the opportunity to see it at night. I hear it's spectacular.

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    Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays

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    Whoa. I assumed I already reviewed this place because I've been a frequent visitor for the past 7+ years.

    I love that entrance to the observatory is free. I also love space. So maybe I'm biased. :)

    One of my favorite things to do is sit on the large roof top of the observatory. I love doing yoga here when it's not busy or people watching when it does get busy.

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    One of the greatest views of the Los Angeles valley (if not the greatest view) to be had is right here. Most people who come here don't even go in and see the planetarium show but just walk around the grounds and take in the view. It's a great little getaway. During the weekdays, do beware of large school groups that come to the observatory.

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The Griffith Observatory is a large museum on Los Angeles’ Mount Washington offering brilliant views of the city and multiple science and space related exhibitions. Built in the early 1930s, the Observatory has become an important LA landmark and has been featured in multiple movies and television programs. Exhibitions include active Tesla coils, a Foucault pendulum and a planetarium theatre. Recent renovations have transformed the building into the modern facility it deserves to be.

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