Griffith Park5823 Votes Currently Open
- Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 90027, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-3239134688
- Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmarks, Parks, Urban Parks
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.
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Griffith Park Travel Tips
- 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
- Metro Bus
- Granville Cafe
- Raffi’s Place
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22.8% of people who visit Los Angeles include Griffith Park in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
51.32% of people start their Griffith Park visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Griffith Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Griffith Park
Griffith Park Reviews & Ratings
I have been hiking in Griffith Park for 15 years and still find new trails and excitement there. There virtually is something for everyone whether it be hiking or a ride on the kiddie railroad. While the Observatory is a great place, I was disappointed (horrified is more like it) to find that there is now an $8/hr. parking fee to park anywhere near it. Needless to say, we won't be visiting the Observatory anytime soon. However, there is free parking down below (check out maps) on a side street where one can hike about 20 minutes up to it. This is a must-see visit!
I ended up visiting this place twice in the same week. First with a day tour party and later on my own when doing the hike to the Hollywood sign. The best L.A views. I recommend going at sunset and stay after dark to see the city lights. Also at night local guides set up many telescopes that you can watch while they explain what you see. This is a must when visiting Los Angeles.
We were only there for the hike to the observatory. Took my 8 yr old on a sunny n Oct late afternoon and it was perfect. Warning if you try it during midday and when sun/heat is strong, it can be too intense. Goes very steep for a good part of it. Great view of Hollywood hills from observatory, though, and so fun 'sneaking up' on it from below!
It's an amazing open space with tons of great trails to various landmarks and amazing scenery. There is a lot of hidden gems in this park. If you hike quietly and away from dogs, you can get great photographs of wildlife like coyote in front of the landmarks. Sometimes they temporarily have movie props and events to see along the trails. It can be steep because it's hilly. Some trails are very crowded. Even though parking was already tricky, they revised the parking to take away a lot of roadside parking. So parking can be hard to get especially later in the day. A lot of folks like to go off the established trails to create new ones to mess up the hillsides. These folks also like to scavenge and poach things from the park. But the biggest problem is the amount of poop on the trails. Some trails are absolutely covered in manure and horse urine, which discourages their use by hikers. Most dog owners leave their dog poop on the trail, and don't bother with leashes.
We only used the overflow parking at Griffith park, as we went to see the Observatory. So we can't really comment, fully. The area we parked was a good way down from where we wanted to be, so we had a good climb to the top, which is not good when you have to use a walking stick to help with your mobility. The Observatory was very interesting, but due to the large crowds it was hard to see anything, but I would recommend people go see it.
I love visiting the Observatory and brought my brother today, visiting from Australia. Unfortunately I'm on crutches at the moment so I decided to do a show in the Planetarium while he explored. Not only was the show "out of this world" incredible but the staff were so helpful and accommodating while passionate about their jobs .. once again reminding me why this is my number 1 attraction in LA.