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Video:Visiting Griffith Observatory

with Kaytie Sproul

Griffith Park Observatory Take is one of Los Angeles' most storied landmarks. Check out all that Griffith Park Observatory has to offer with this guided tour.See Transcript

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Transcript:Visiting Griffith Observatory

Hi I’m Kaytie Sproul for About.com and today we’re going to visit the Griffith Park Observatory. If you’re visiting Los Angeles and are looking for something other than the typical tourist traps or spotting your favorite celebrity, take an afternoon, head to the top of mount Hollywood, and visit to the Griffith Park Observatory.

Griffith Park Observatory is a Popular California Attraction

Sitting on 4300 acres of parkland and featuring breathtaking views of the LA basin below, the Griffith Park observatory has long been a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. The park was donated by land baron Griffith J. Griffith in 1896 and in 1935 the Observatory bearing his name opened to the public.

In 2002 the observatory underwent a massive remodel that added around 40,000 square feet of new exhibit space. Ultimately, what this means to visitors is more amazing things to see and do!

Visit Griffith Park's Planetarium

Chief among the long time popular attractions at the observatory, is the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Here visitors are taken on a voyage of sight and sound through the known universe. The hour long show is conducted and narrated live by an observatory tour guide.

One important note, while entrance into the observatory and most of the exhibits are free of charge, the planetarium show require a ticket for admission, which can be purchased on site.

One of the fantastic post renovation attractions at the Griffith Park Observatory is Edge of Space Mezzanine. Here visitors are able to view, and in some cases, touch objects whose origins range from the moon to all the way out from the depths of space. It’s truly a unique and one of a kind experience.

The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is a state of the art 200 seat presentation theater. Depending on the time of year, visitors can view any number of presentations including a detailed history of the observatory. Seats are free of charge and given out on a first come first serve basis.

Hike Griffith Park 

If you are a fan of the outdoors, the Griffith Park Observatory grounds are a must see. The park features a number of hiking trails and breathtaking vistas of the Los Angeles skyline.

Once you’ve taken in the sights and built up you’re appetite, head over to the Café at the End of the Universe for some great food. The café features quick cuisine courtesy of Wolfgang Puck at reasonable prices along with indoor seating from those rainy or cold days. But since this is LA, you’ll likely be able to enjoy your lunch in the outdoor seating area while taking in a million dollar view!

Parking is Limited at Griffith Park Observatory

You’ll want to consider taking a tour bus or carpooling since parking is limited. Be sure to check hours of operation before going to the Griffith Park Observatory as budget constraints and filming can affect business hours.

Whether you’re a tourist just passing through or a Southern California local, the Griffith Park Observatory is a must see location that is sure to please. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to take it all in at your own pace. Thanks for watching, to learn more visit us on the web at About.com

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