The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
About The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles - Address, Phone Number
Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
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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.
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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 Ticket 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 reach The Griffith Observatory by Public Transport
- Sunset/Vermont Red Line Subway station
Restaurants Near The Griffith Observatory
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I took my future wife here on one of our first dates in 1978. She was a pretty, tall, young lady with flowing long brunette hair. She had a sweet sense of humor and temperament. We came on a weekend when they were presenting the laser light show on the domed planetarium ceiling with accompanying music. One of the songs played was "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, which had become popular around that time. Virginia and I leaned back in our seats to watch the display and she soon fell asleep. She was weaving dreams to the psychedelic display and I was glad she was so comfortable. Later, we went out to the walkway that encircled the observatory and strolled along hand in hand and shared a kiss or two. The city lights of L.A. glistened below us like a magic carpet of sparkling gems. We had brought a few beers and drank them while leaning against the handrail, talking and laughing together. At that time there were no security cameras and things were a little more laid back. Some of you may recall the movie; "Rebel without a cause." with James Dean and Natalie Wood from the 50's and the scene where James Dean is in a switchblade fight with some hard guys in this very spot. Well, we can't all really be quite as cool as James Dean or Natalie Wood but you could weave a dream of your own while floating high above the twinkling sea of lights at the edge of the City of Angels.
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.
An amazing place to visit in LA. You can't beat the views! Great pictures to take with the entire city in the background or the Hollywood sign. You can hike to the sign from the observatory, 8 miles roundtrip. You need to pay for parking if you want to park near the observatory, or do what I do and park for free near the Greek theater and hike .6 miles back up. Don't be lazy. The observatory can get crazy during the weekends with traffic and tourists so might be best to visit during the week.
This is really cool if you like astronomy and space. Make sure to stick around til sunset because you'll have the best view in LA. Also the conservatory is free, but you can pay extra for a movie which I highly recommend. The cafe has some nice food too.
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.
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