The Griffith Observatory Tours
About The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Situated in the Los Angeles Griffith Park in the southern location of Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is an observational facility of space and scientific study in the Los Angeles. It looks like the four major landmarks and landscapes of Los Angeles, namely- the Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Pacific Ocean, and a grand view of the Los Angeles Basin. It was designed to bring the knowledge and the features of astronomy as familiarities to everybody.
The most famous exhibits of the Griffith Observatory are the Foucault pendulum which illustrates the rotation mechanism and its features of the rotation of earth, the Zeiss Telescope which works on the principle of refraction, and a Solar Telescope named Coelostat. Also displayed is a giant model of the northern pole of the moon. A large planetarium which features the solar system and its various components and their mechanisms is also an attraction of the Observatory.
Samuel Oschin Observatory holds some amazing shows and they are held frequently throughout the week. Do check out their schedule and catch a show here.
See other sights along with the Griffith Observatory and prepare a plan using Los Angeles planner.
The Griffith Observatory Information
- Children under 5 are admitted to the first show of the day, only, and must sit on an adult’s lap.
- FOTO members receive a discounted rate of $5.
- Tickets may only be purchased at the Observatory on the day of the show (Samuel Oschin Planetarium Tickets).
The Griffith Observatory Tickets Prices
- Samuel Oschin Planetarium Shows: Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with I.D and seniors, and $3 for children between 5 - 12 years old.
- There are no charges for entry, it is free.
The Griffith Observatory Opening and Closing Hours
- Please visit official website for timing details.
How To Get To The Griffith Observatory by Public Transport
- Sunset/Vermont Red Line Subway station
Restaurants Near The Griffith Observatory
- The Trails
- The Punchbowl
- Sidewalk Grill
Love this? Explore the entire list of things to do in Los Angeles before you plan your trip.
Fancy a good night's sleep after a tiring day? Check out where to stay in Los Angeles and book an accommodation of your choice.
Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
Added 118K times in trip plans
Museum, Science Museum, Park, Landmark, Observatory, Family And Kids, Architecture
Try TripHobo Trip Planner
Book The Griffith Observatory Tickets And Tours
Enjoy a half day exploring Los Angeles' most famous highlights. See the homes of many of your favorite movie stars of young and old. Cruise down famous Sunset Strip with its outdoor cafes and bars, and Hollywood Boulevard with the world renowned Walk of Fame.
Canât get enough of celebrity scandal? Are you a Hollywood buff with a macabre sense of humor? This 2.5-hour multimedia bus tour takes you to the homes and locations in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip where your favorite celebrities died â or wish their scandals died. Discover the underbelly of the City of Angels and satisfy your twisted curiosities on this revealing ride featured on E!'s 'Hollywood Death Trip' and Anthony Bourdainâs 'The Layover.'
Get in on the action on this super tour that combines the Movie Stars' Homes Tour with a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll be seeing stars and living like a local celebrity with this incredible tour!
If you're looking for a night of exceptional food, brilliant views and music to romance the night away to, you'll love the Los Angeles dinner and dance cruise. Be welcomed aboard with a glass of champagne while you set out for a cruise around the harbor. Dine in elegance with a four-course seated dinner prepared fresh on board. Finish the evening with dancing to musical entertainment or enjoy the lovely views from the outdoor decks. Whether you are visiting Hollywood or Disneyland, this exceptional dinner cruise is within reach from two convenient departure locations of either Marina Del Rey or Newport Beach.
Share your experience - Rate The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
A memorable visit in LA. You can see the entire city from the observatory! If you are fit enough, you could hike all the way up by going on nearby trails, or just take a cab or the Dash bus line to go all the way up. There are lots of things to see inside the observatory for free, like small games, information about planets and even a Tesla coil in some specific times (I think it is activated every hour). Some presentations take place every hour as well, and I watched one called Centered in the Universe, which was truly amazing and unforgettable. The adult ticket costs just 7 dollars, and it lasts for about 45 minutes, where the presenter discusses about our own existence. If you like science, astronomy, or if you are just curious and want to have an amazing experience, this can't be missed! One important note: don't forget to bring a hat and water! If you are waiting on the outside for your cab, or for a bus down, you need to be careful with the sun, as there is almost no shade to hide from it. Data reception is also pretty poor.
We spent the day at the observatory. Thoroughly enjoyed the show Centered in the Universe. The exhibits were very informative for young and old alike. I left the observatory with information overload. It is well worth a trip back just for the educational value. And, oh yes, the views were amazing. Our day was sunny at the observatory but there was quite a bit if haze over the city. Would definitely return.
Its on top of the world.Look at LA below. See sunset behind Hollywood hill. If aliens were to land in LA it will be in Griffith park. And what great architecture the Griffith observatory provides.And see the hues of sunset all around. And it is not just us on this hill. See the rush of humanity here.every square inch. Throbbing. To get the top of the world view and beyond the world view through the telescope.
The observatory itself is a five star must see place. However, parking is a nightmare and unorganized! (I went on a Tuesday in July, I can't imagine how it's like on a weekend.) If you are traveling with small children or disabled family members, plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before the observatory is open to find closer parking. If you park closer, they charge you $4/hr. You can only use credit card to pay the machine. I parked about about a mile away and it took me 20 minutes to get to the observatory. So, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes if you are going to be the one dropping everyone off and walk up to the observatory.
Pros - The observatory was really cool - The telescope is a must! Go see Saturn's rings before its position changes :) - The staff were really nice - It's a treat that the admission fee is free - The Centre of the Universe show was amazing and very affordable - The view of LA is incredible Cons - BRING A SWEATER since you will wait forever for the bus back to the parking site - Bring $0.50 each way to ride the bus back to the parking location (they did accept $1.00 bills if you happen to be a pair) - Beware of roaming coyotes before you decide to hike it to the top - It's definitely crowded at night - No thanks to the smog, you can faintly see the Hollywood sign (it won't even show up in pictures) and you can't hike there.
- Other Attractions
- Hawaiian Paddle Sports
- Pacific Whale Foundation
- Iao Valley State Park
- Waianapanapa State Park
- Maui Ocean Center
- Maui Garden Of Eden
- Hookipa Beach Park
- Shim Coffee And Protea Farm Tour
- Shoreline Snuba
- Waihee Ridge Trail
- Hotels for other Attractions
- Luxury Hotels Near Hawaiian Paddle Sports
- 3 Star Hotels Hotels Near Pacific Whale Foundation
- 4 Star Hotels Hotels Near Iao Valley State Park
- 3 Star Hotels Hotels Near Waianapanapa State Park
- 5 Star Hotels Near Maui Ocean Center
- Budget Hotels Near Maui Garden Of Eden
- Luxury Hotels Near Hookipa Beach Park
- 4 Star Hotels Hotels Near Shim Coffee And Protea Farm Tour
- 4 Star Hotels Hotels Near Shoreline Snuba
- Cheap Hotels Near Waihee Ridge Trail
- City Tripplans
- Los Angeles Itinerary 6 Days
- 6 Day Trip to Los Angeles from Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Itinerary 5 Days
- 5 Day Trip to Los Angeles from Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Itinerary 3 Days
- 3 Day Trip to Los Angeles from Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Itinerary 7 Days
- 7 Day Trip to Los Angeles from Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Itinerary 4 Days
- Los Angeles Itinerary 1 Day