A very late pink sunset photo of Griffith Observatory with all the lights of the building turned on
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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Updated by Sasha Yanshin on March 14 2024

Gateway to the Cosmos in the Heart of Los Angeles.

Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States

Griffith Observatory lit up at sunset with view of sky scrapers in the distance
Enjoy the stunning views from Griffith Observatory.

💲 Free entry

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options (Open 12pm-7pm daily)

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Griffith Observatory?

Griffith Observatory can be found on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.

This iconic landmark offers sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin, including downtown L.A., Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean.

Why should I visit Griffith Observatory?

Griffith Observatory is a portal to the stars, with public telescopes, engaging exhibits, and spectacular Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

The Observatory provides a unique and educational experience for all ages, and is a prime spot for viewing the Hollywood Sign along the many hiking trails.

What are the opening hours at Griffith Observatory?

General opening hours

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 12pm-10pm

Wednesday - 12pm-10pm

Thursday - 12pm-10pm

Friday - 12pm-10pm

Saturday - 10am-10pm

Sunday - 10am-10pm

Closures and holidays

Although the Griffith Observatory is open throughout the year, make sure to check the latest information on the official website.

View of a telescope pointing at the sky at Griffith Observatory, LA
The observatory is a must-visit for stargazers.

Where should I park when visiting Griffith Observatory?

Parking is available in the Observatory's parking lot and along the adjacent roads.

As parking fees apply, and spaces fill up quickly, also consider using the DASH Observatory bus foreasy access.

Is Griffith Observatory accessible by public transportation?

The DASH Observatory public bus service provides easy access from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station.

The service is frequent, affordable, and convenient, and a good option to avoid parking issues.

When is the best time to visit Griffith Observatory?

For spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline lit up at night, consider visiting at dusk.

Clear days are best for long-distance viewing, while nights with minimal moonlight are ideal for stargazing.

What are the best things to see near Griffith Observatory?

There are plenty of great places close to Griffith Observatory to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Hollywood Sign - Close-up views are accessible via hiking trails from the Observatory.
  • Greek Theatre - An outdoor venue hosting concerts and events, located within Griffith Park.
  • Los Angeles Zoo - A short drive from the Observatory, offering a fun day out for families.
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame - Iconic stars on the sidewalks, a short drive down from Griffith Park.
The world famous landmark Hollywood Sign on September 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The sign was created as an advertisement in 1923.
Make sure to get a picture of the iconic Hollywood sign.

Common questions about Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory has made numerous appearances in film and television, most famously in the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause." A bust of James Dean can also be found on the Observatory grounds. Here is what else you might find!

Is Griffith Observatory accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, the Griffith Observatory is accessible, offering elevators and ramps for those with mobility challenges.

Is Griffith Observatory free to enter?

✔️ Yes, entry to Griffith Observatory building and grounds is free.

Is Griffith Observatory pet-friendly?

✔️ Pets are not allowed inside Griffith Observatory, but they are welcome on the grounds if kept on a leash.

Is Griffith Observatory child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Griffith Observatory offers many exhibits and shows for visitors of all ages.

Is Griffith Observatory a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Griffith Observatory is open year-round.

Are refreshments available at Griffith Observatory?

✔️ Yes, the Café at the End of the Universe offering dining options at Griffith Observatory.

Are there restrooms at Griffith Observatory?

✔️ Yes, public restrooms are available for visitors at Griffith Observatory.

What else is useful to know before I visit Griffith Observatory

For planetarium tickets you can not purchase in advance, so buy tickets on arrival as they can sell out quickly.

Photography is allowed, but tripods are prohibited without a permit.

City of Los Angeles as seen from the Griffith Observatory at dusk
For incredible views of the sky and LA cityscape, head up to the Griffith Observatory as the sun is setting.
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Where to stay near Griffith Observatory

There are plenty of great hotel options in Los Angeles to head back to after exploring Griffith Observatory. Here are our favorites

  • Hotel Per La, Autograph Collection - Centrally located, this plush hotel is an exceptional stay, while their dedicated team delivers first-class service.

  • citizenM Los Angeles Downtown - This trendy hotel serves as a convenient gateway to the Broadway Theater District and Little Tokyo, and many other great LA top attractions.

  • Ambrose Hotel - At Ambrose Hotel and you can expect stylish accommodation, fit for all the family, in the heart of Santa Monica.