Today we had the chance to visit the newly revamped Griffith Park Observatory. I remember that I was a little sad when I heard that they were closing the observatory for renovations about 5 years ago and that a 5 year shutdown was a long time. Well it’s been open now for about 6 months and to be honest those 5 years flew by. I’ve been wanting to go but was always finding an excuse to not go – well yesterday I decided that it was going to happen today and it did. Admission is free of charge.
Okay here is the truth- This is not the best place for children under 8 . It’s a fantastic place but it’s best enjoyed by older children and adults. It’s a bit of a pain to bring your stroller on the bus and the shuttle ride from the parking lot to the observatory takes about 30 minutes. The exhibits are not too child friendly and its just not really fun for them.
I do however think it’s a great place to visit as a couple. The observatory has some great new exhibits and a new theater. There is also a new wonderful cafe called The Cafe at the end of the Universe. The cafe is operated by Wolfgang Puck and the food is fantastic but the best part is the breathtaking views. You have an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign and of Los Angeles. If I could do the visit over – which I plan on redoing over the next couple of weeks I would try to pick one of the last shuttles on a Saturday night- which would be any of the shuttles between 6 and 7pm. I would go straight to the cafe since it closes early and have a nice romantic dinner with some amazing views. We watched a beautiful sunset over the Hollywood Sign. It would have been breathtaking if it wasn’t so darn hazy. I hope next time I visit it won’t be a smoggy. After dinner I would try to catch one of the last shows at the planetarium. I would then take my time strolling through the exhibits. After you finish touring the observatory the best thing to do is just enjoy the grounds and the view. You will not be disappointed. This place is definitely more of an Adult adventure and a must see. I enjoyed visiting today but learned that it’s just not the place for my family. I will definitely be heading back but next time it will just be my husband and I.
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
General Information Line: 213-473-0800
Griffith Observatory is open six days a week
Open Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Observatory is open on most holidays, but closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.