Griffith Park Entrance Sign surrounded by autumnal trees
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Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 7 2024

Urban Wilderness and Recreational Haven in Los Angeles.

Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States

Hiking trail in Griffith Park with LA in the background on a clear day
Enjoy the beautiful views from the hiking trails in Griffith Park.
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💲 Free entry to the park

👩‍🦽 Partially wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Griffith Park?

Griffith Park can be found in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains, and easily reached by public transport just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The park's vast size means there are multiple entrances, with the main access points off of I-5 and US-101.

Why should I visit Griffith Park?

Griffith Park offers a range of outdoor activities and attractions for all ages.

From hiking across its trails to exploring the iconic Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, and Greek Theatre, there's something for everyone.

The park also features horseback riding, golf courses, and the historic Merry-Go-Round.

What are the opening hours at Griffith Park?

General opening hours

Monday - Sunrise to Sunset

Tuesday - Sunrise to Sunset

Wednesday - Sunrise to Sunset

Thursday - Sunrise to Sunset

Friday - Sunrise to Sunset

Saturday - Sunrise to Sunset

Sunday - Sunrise to Sunset

Closures and holidays

Specific attractions within the park, such as the Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo, have their own operating hours, so make sure to check the official website before you visit.

Griffith Observatory lit up at sunset with view of sky scrapers in the distance
The Griffith Observatory is well worth a visit.

Where should I park when visiting Griffith Park?

Parking is available throughout Griffith Park at no charge.

However, parking near popular attractions like the Griffith Observatory can be limited, especially on weekends, so make sure to arrive early.

Is Griffith Park accessible by public transportation?

Griffith Park is accessible by public transport, with several bus routes servicing the area around the park.

The closest Metro Rail station is at Vermont/Sunset, with bus connections to various points within the park.

When is the best time to visit Griffith Park?

The best time to visit Griffith Park is during the weekdays to avoid the crowds that the weekends can bring.

Early mornings and late afternoons are ideal for enjoying the park's natural beauty and cooler temperatures.

What are the best things to see near Griffith Park?

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

  • Griffith Observatory - Offers educational exhibits and telescopes for public use, with stunning views of LA.
  • Los Angeles Zoo - Home to a wide variety of animals and exhibits.
  • The Greek Theatre - An outdoor venue that hosts a variety of live performances.
  • Hollywood Sign - Hiking trails within the park offer closer views of the famous sign.
Entrance of Los Angeles Zoo on a sunny day
The kids will love a trip to Los Angeles Zoo!
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Common questions about Griffith Park

Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America, offering more than just recreation and entertainment. Here is what else you will find here.

Is Griffith Park accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, many areas and attractions in Griffith Park are accessible.

❗ However, the natural terrain and some hiking trails may not be suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.

Is Griffith Park free to enter?

✔️ Yes, entry to Griffith Park and many of its attractions is free.

Is Griffith Park pet-friendly?

✔️ Yes, pets are welcome in Griffith Park but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Is Griffith Park child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Griffith Park offers numerous attractions and activities suitable for children.

Is Griffith Park a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Griffith Park is open year-round, offering a variety of seasonal activities.

Are refreshments available at Griffith Park?

✔️ Yes, there are various dining options within Griffith Park.

Are there restrooms at Griffith Park?

✔️ Yes, public restrooms are available throughout Griffith Park.

What else is useful to know before I visit Griffith Park

Check the specific hours for attractions you wish to visit.

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking or hiking, and bring water and sun protection during warmer months.

View of Los Angeles from Griffith Park, with the skyline set against an orange sunset
Take in the views with a sunset timed visit.
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Where to stay near Griffith Park

There are plenty of great hotel options in Los Angeles to head back to after exploring Griffith Park. 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.