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Address: 200 N. Spring St. between First and Temple, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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+1 213-485-2121
08:00 - 17:00
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Great view

You go up in the elevator and then up stairs to the observation deck - and what an iconic and great view of Los Angeles! There are plaques telling you what the buildings are and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 August 2016
Steve S
London, United Kingdom
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Brunswick, Maine
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

FREE! Yes, really. You do have to have your bag scanned, and get a visitor's badge, but this building is a true Los Angeles treasure. Built in the late 1920s, it contains amazing art nouveau details, in the elevators and particularly in the third floor. Go to the top floor where you can enjoy magnificent views of the city from... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, I always write good reviews but I had a horrible experience. I was a backpacker with a huge 70L bag on my pack. Down the very bottom were a pain of clippers and scissors. There was a security check. At first they told me I couldn't get in because if the scissors. But they didn't mention... More 

Thank James T
Osaka, Japan
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

My friend and I were looking for a place to get a Birdseye view of Los Angeles. We had no idea that City Hall has a free observation deck. All you have to do is clear the security check and then elevators up to the top. If it weren't for the smog it would have been perfect. However, I'm not... More 

Thank Rico H
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224 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is a great free place to get a bird's eye view over LA, and is a beauty in itself - so evocative of an earlier era. The first time I saw City Hall was in 1979, whizzing past on the freeway - probably on my way to or from Disneyland I suspect. It seemed landlocked and elusively unobtainable. It... More 

Thank Arncliffegirl
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

You go up in the elevator and then up stairs to the observation deck - and what an iconic and great view of Los Angeles! There are plaques telling you what the buildings are and it was a great thing to do for an hour.

Thank Steve S
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367 reviews
248 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Lovely clean white towering building, stealing the landscape of downtown LA. Made famous in loads of TV shows & films, beautiful surroundings and a great shot of its reflection to be seen in the nearby LAPD building.

Thank TeamWard
Mankato, Minnesota
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128 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

If you want to visit City Hall for photos, the best day to go is Sunday, when there are far less people around. You won't be able to get inside, though, as it's only open to the public during week days. The best spots for photos are in front of the building and the right side of the building which... More 

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

During the daytime, the park and CH area is great fun and well worth your time. At night, it still looks captivating and lit up for nice pictures...but I recommend avoiding the temptation to stroll for night pictures. There was zero police presence when I walked the area at night, and there were a LOT of questionable activities and sketchy... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

This is a really fun thing to do when in downtown LA and it's free! We accidentally came upon this great place whilst spending some time with our grand daughter who was playing in Grand Park (another great free activity for kids). You enter through Main St, go through security and ask for entry to the observation deck. You will... More 

1 Thank Julie J
Geneva, Switzerland
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60 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

You walk through a gorgeous park, filled with kids playing in the water. Bring a hat the sun can be quite heavy. After eating some treats from the very well decorated food truck you arrive to this majestic buildings

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