Los Angeles has some pretty iconic attractions, from the Hollywood sign to Santa Monica pier, and Griffith Observatory certainly is up on that list of iconic attractions that you can visit on your family day out!
Griffith Observatory is not only one of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles, but also Southern California! It's where kids can take a journey through the universe, and not even leave the ground!
Even the view is worth the visit. Perched atop Griffith Park, and a great place to drive or hike to, the observatory has some great sunset view points, as well as that iconic Hollywood sign.
You know what else we LOVE about the observatory? It's FREE! Yep - anyone who wants to experience this great attraction can. Inside you can see that iconic pendulum as it slowly swings, and see exhibits on the planets, the moon, the sun, the tides, and a host of other exciting topics.
There is even a HUGE display on the bottom level where you can see an entire wall of galaxies, touch a moon rock and even a piece of Mars, and see how big the planets really are!
Kids will have lots of questions, and it's the perfect place for them to ask and hear the answers. There are always staff on hand to tell them anything they want to know, and even after a few hours here you will still want to know more!
Griffith Observatory also has planetary shows in the theatre at an additional cost, but they also have a host of free admission talks, and programs, that you can join.
Don't forget to stay and watch the sunset too!
It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, so get out there and have an out of this world adventure!
Visitors may approach the Observatory via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith ParkGet directions
Free! Some shows/lectures have admission cost
Same as adult
Cafe on site with hot and cold food. Eating only allowed in certain areas but the outside seating overlooks the Hollywood sign so it's pretty special! Great for the sunsets.
You can drive directly to Griffith Observatory and park in its parking lot or on the adjacent roads. As always, there is no admission charge to enter the Observatory building and no reservation is required to visit.
Gift shop with lots of souvenirs on site so bring that pocket money and take something fun home with you! Great educational items too
They LOVE having students visit, and it's a great way for kids to learn and really explore the universe. Teacher Resources on the website provide information to help coordinate your classroom activities
Some healthy eating options are available, and they sell bottled water
They have designated disabled parking. To access these spaces, please approach the checkpoint in the parking lot and speak with the traffic staff. Disabled access shuttles coming to the Observatory will be passed through at all times (even when the parking lot is full) and will drop off at the horseshoe driveway in front of the building.
They often have free admission activities and walks, so keep an eye out for what's coming up!