A must for lovers of astronomy and space, the Griffith Observatory is perched high up in Griffith Park, offering visitors an excellent view of Los Angeles as well as the famous Hollywood Sign.
Griffith Observatory opened in May 1935, the third planetarium in the USA.
While admission to the Observatory and grounds is free, entry to the planetarium attracts a fee.
Inside the Observatory you’ll find a wide variety of space and science-related displays. Look through telescopes, explore the hands-on exhibits (most feature dense text and aren’t overly suitable to younger kids), and be sure to catch a live show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
We particularly enjoyed the lower level with plenty of information on the planets and scales to show us how much we would weigh if we were on the surface.
Parking at the observatory can be tricky. Read up on how to get there and plan accordingly.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles