Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Griffith Park, Los Angeles - Address, Phone Number
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
Timings: 05:00 am - 10:30 pm Details
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About Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Claimed as one of the largest parks in the world, enter Griffith Park and know why this is a world in itself. Spread over 4210 acres, this landscaped park has loads of fun packed activities suitable for one and all.
Located right in the city, this park has California Hills to astonish you with its abundant natural beauty and requires at least an entire day to cover!
Perfect for a hike, a picnic or a casual day out!
- Attractions inside the Griffith Park: Autry National Centre, Greek Theatre, Griffith Merry-go-round, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park Southern Railroad, L.A. Equestrian Centre, L.A. Live Steamers, L.A. Zoo & Travel Town.
- Activities inside the Griffith Park: Camping, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jogging, Miscellaneous, Picnicking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Pony Rides.
Griffith Park Information
- Hiking trails are closed after sunset.
- Combined attraction tickets are available.
- There are plenty of activities that take place in the park and all have variable timings and schedules.
- Parking is limited, so it is best to take public transport.
- Cafeteria is available for quick bites, although the park is best for packing a lunch and going on a picnic.
- For transportation inside the park, rental bicycles are available.
How To reach Griffith Park by Public Transport
- Metro Bus
Restaurants Near Griffith Park
- Granville Cafe
- Raffi’s Place
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Griffith Park, Los Angeles Reviews - Write a Review
A spectacular place to look over LA and take pictures. The observatory is completely free which is wonderful. Unfortunately there is very little parking at the top so it's better to park at the bottom and take a shuttle up which costs around a dollar. I definitely recommend coming to see the telescope, although the wait can get pretty long, but I think it's worth it. Just bring some company and have a nice chat while you wait. Viewing the sunset here is lovely. Also fun fact my sister told me is that the movie La La Land was filmed here as well.
The observatory over-looking Hollywood has long been a place to both enjoy the sky and learn about science and our Solar System. The observatory has many different things for families and friends to enjoy, including the exhibits, the telescopes, and other scientific experiments going on at any given time. Many times in the evenings you will have amateur and professional astronomers with their telescopes set up in the lawn allowing you to look at the different sites in the sky such as Jupiter when it is in view, Mars, the moon, and other celestial bodies. There are movies to be seen educating both adults and children regarding our view of the sky, and there are great views of the surrounding areas including downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and many other things. It is highly recommended to get there early, to make sure that you find parking. Once of parking fills up, you will need to drive down the long winding roads trying to find a spot to stash your car on the shoulder so you can hike back to the observatory. It is not easy but the views are beautiful and it is a scenic walk. The cost is free to get in, and there are some attractions that you may be charged to participate in, such as the movie. It is a great place to bring your family to enjoy an inexpensive, but wonderful afternoon and evening. It is recommended to spend most of the afternoon and plan on spending a good portion of your evening have the observatory in order to see everything. It is a popular place.
It was crazy, busy at Griffith Park on the day before Thanksgiving, but don't let the crowds put you off. The walk up from the lower parking area was lovely, everyone was in a pleasant, holiday spirit and the evening sunset views were spectacular. The only drawback was that we were completely confused upon entering the building by the mass of bodies and apparent lack of signage and information - but we found a very helpful docent who clued us in ... there is no entrance fee, but the only way to see the actual planetarium is to attend a presentation, for which there is a nominal fee. I believe young children can attend the first show each day for free. We attended the 4:15 showing in the planetarium and were very pleasantly surprised at the professionalism and appeal of the presentation. Even though the theme of the show we saw was water, the focus was still the stars overhead. It doesn't matter where you are sitting, you will have a great view and enjoy the night sky. We walked out of the planetarium to a gorgeous setting sun and the early twilight made our walk back to the car a very pleasant experience. There's a shuttle bus, but I'm glad we didn't take it. All in all, this was such a fun way to spend Thanksgiving Eve.
First of all, we originally tried to come to Griffith's Park/Observatory on a Sunday, but after seeing the super long line of cars trying to get in, we turned back and returned a few days later during the week. This was a great decision as although there were people there, their weren't many. So we took about an hour and a half hike up, (not difficult at all), to the overlook that provided panoramic views of LA...so beautiful. I would highly recommend taking the time after going to the Observatory to head behind it and take the 1.5 mile hike up to the top of the mountains behind it. Like I said great views of LA and of the Hollywood sign.
I would highly recommend Griffith Park to anyone. It has a lot of really pretty scenery and great views of the LA. There's a playground for small children, and walking trails suitable for all. You can visit the abandoned zoo and see the cages where the animals were kept and a lot of present day artwork/graffiti. Other options are to hike up to Bronson caves or the Hollywood sign, or even visit the observatory for great views of the city. Everything is fairly spread out so driving would be the most ideal way to visit various locations in one day. These aren't even all the options available but merely what I got done in my time here. Overall I would say it is a great place to spend time by yourself or with others and just enjoy the outdoors.