I may live in San Diego right now, but I’m an L.A. native. Once an Angelino, always an Angelino. One thing I’ve noticed about San Diegans is that they seem to be afraid of going to L.A. They don’t want to deal with the traffic or the parking, blah blah blah. Look…I get it. L.A. may be a huge mess of a metropolis with traffic bad enough to make even the strongest of us shiver in fear. That being said, it will always be home and I love that big congested mess of a city.
Seriously though, L.A. is awesome. I’m sure you’re familiar with it being the land of Hollywood and palm trees, but there is much more to the city than that. It’s an incredibly diverse place that really does offer something to everybody. If you’re into science and space, there are some great places to visit like the California Science Center and, of course, the Griffith Observatory.
If you’ve never been to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, I highly suggest you take the time to check it out. Not only is it an awesome attraction where you can see a lot of really interesting exhibits on space observation and exploration, but it also features incredible views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. That way, you get to learn a little and feel like you’ve done something productive and educational with your time, but also take in some awesome views of the city. Win-win.
Combine a visit to the observatory with nearby Griffith Park and you’re in for an awesome day exploring some of L.A.’s best attractions. Griffith Park features the Autry National Center, the Greek Theatre, the L.A. Zoo, and numerous hiking trails. Yeah, that’s right…hiking trails in the middle of the city. We Angelinos are surprisingly outdoorsy and you’ll be in the company of plenty of locals if you don your workout clothes and sneakers and hit the trail. Anyway, back to the observatory…
The inside of the observatory is quite expansive and beautiful. There are murals and the architecture of the building is absolutely gorgeous inside.
It’s a great place to bring kids as they will have opportunities to learn and discover facts about science, the history of the observatory, and also have the opportunity to see in real time what they are observing in space right now.
If you don’t have children with you, you’ll still have a great time, though. It’s a great place for anybody to visit! I certainly don’t have kids and I love this place.
Outside of the observatory, the views all around really are quite spectacular, so make sure to get out there and check it out!
If you’re visiting from out of town, there are a few things you should know before you go to the observatory:
- Admission is free for the observatory building, grounds, telescopes, and parking. If you want to see additional programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, however, there is a charge.
- The observatory is open 6 days a week and is closed on Mondays. Check their website for current open hours at http://www.griffithobservatory.org/
- The observatory is closed on many holidays, so check their website to make sure it will be open if you’re visiting on a holiday.
- You’ll want to review the information for getting to the observatory here.
- If you’re visiting during a busy time, such as summer or around the holidays, please allow extra time and try to get there early. If you are unable to park, there is a shuttle bus service that will take you from the bottom of the hill to the observatory and back. Bring cash. Review current schedules and rates here.