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Private Tour of Griffith Observatory provided by ExperienceFirst

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Private Tour of Griffith Observatory

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-06-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Griffith Observatory is a landmark that even locals don’t know enough about. Called “the hood ornament of Los Angeles,” it serves as a public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Designed by some of its former employees, this tour will give you an introduction to the city that you’ll never forget. When Griffith J. Griffith first viewed the moon from a telescope he exclaimed, "If all mankind could look through that telescope, it would change the world!" For the remainder of his life, he toiled to realize his vision for a public observatory that would benefit future generations. Now, the Griffith Observatory is the most popular attraction of its kind in the world. Join us as we discover not just an L.A. landmark, but a place where you’ll have the chance to make memories. As fellow travelers, astronomers, and Angelenos, we at LA Tour1 will help you make the most of your time at Griffith Observatory.
  • You'll start at
    2800 E Observatory Rd
    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
    In front of Astronomers Monument on front lawn
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    Griffith Observatory
    Stop: 3 hours
    On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about Architecture, Science, Movie History, and the city of LA. We begin in the central rotunda, where you’ll gaze overhead at murals inspired by Greek myth. Next, you’ll learn about the inventor Nikola Tesla and his 50,000 volt Tesla Coil, which is on exhibit. Then we’ll discover how our solar system works, and look through a telescope to see sun spots. Next we’ll descend Gunther Depths of Space where you’ll view the night sky like you’ve never before: experience the 152-ft display of galaxies and nebula as you would from the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about seismology and about L.A. earthquakes and the Pacific Rim of Fire as you stand next to an active seismograph. Pose for a photo with a bronze statue of Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history. At night, wait in line for the Zeiss 12-inch telescope. One-of-a-kind and German-made, it gives viewers an unparalleled and intimate look at the planets and stars (depending on the weather and schedule). Finish the tour with one of the world’s best planetarium shows. The Zeiss star projector and state-of-the-art digital projection system put on spectacular show!
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  • You'll end at
    2800 E Observatory Rd
    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
    In front of Astronomers Monument on front lawn
    See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Planetarium Show Ticket Included ($7.00)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Shareef P wrote a review Feb. 2020
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Oh wow! Lisa was such an excellent host and tour guide as we hiked up to the Griffith Observatory. Very kind, very patient, very knowledgeable when it came to the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign. I would definitely recommend her to anyone involved! Sincerely, A
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Date of experience: January 2020
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By: ExperienceFirst
Great hike and guide
Chris was great! He had great information regarding the history of how the park came to be and we loved the walk th
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Beautiful day, amazing tour!
This is absolutely a must-do if you want to go to the Griffith Park Observatory and see the Hollywood sign. We met
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jason t
Fantastic One Day of LA
This was a fantastic tour of LA packed in one day. Our tour guide, Josh was cordial and informative. He knew all th
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Great way to cram L.A. in one day
Josh was a great and kind guide; who was also very open to modifying the tour. We took this tour to cram as much of
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A full and fun day
Our day started around 10am and ended around 5pm. Josh picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off there too. He w
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Fun activity for locals and visitors alike!
I grew up in the LA suburbs, but never spent much time in this part of town. I finally decided to get to know the a
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Great Hike to Griffith Observatory
Great hike to Griffith Observatory with narrative and pictures from Lisa along the way. She was very knowledgeable
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Fantastic tour we thoroughly enjoyed it. Tour guide Chris was helpful and polite, highly recommended!!
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Great hiking tour!
My friend and I did the hiking tour with Paul. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. He gave
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Great Experience
Booking this tour with Dara was a breeze and a pleasant experience. Joshua picked us up from our hotel, right on t
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Great Griffith Parktour!
My husband and I had a great time on this tour! Lisa was very knowledgeable and entertaining about the different si
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LA in one day
Josh was our guide. We did the 7 hour city sights private tour of LA and Josh was great, very friendly and knowledg
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Jan 3 with Maria
Maria is an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, speaks very well. She was a joy to be with. I wish
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Maria C
Fascinating activity in Hollywood
We learned a lot about Hollywood and the Griffith Park, had a wonderfull walk through the park with impressive view
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Great Full Day Tour!
This ended up being a private tour with Josh. He was an amazing tour guide. This is the best tour for those that ha
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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