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Why You Need to Visit The Griffith Observatory When You’re in LA (Los Angeles, USA)

Griffith Observatory La La Land Blog Review

The Griffith Observatory is now one of my favorite places in L.A.

I couldn’t help but think the entire time how wonderful it would be to bring my husband and son here (I was traveling with my dad and brother during this trip!) Here are the many different reasons why I love the place and why I’m definitely going back again next time!

You can see the Hollywood Sign from here

Griffith Observatory 3-min

The Hollywood sign is one of those iconic things you just have to see when you’re in LA. You need to take a hike to get a closer view but if you literally just want to see it for yourself (and don’t mind looking from a distance,) then The Griffith Observatory is just the place to do that.

Griffith Observatory 5-min

Okaaaay, so it’s really super tiny from here but a hike would have been too tiring for my dad (and we didn’t really have time to spare for a hike either) so I would settle for this for now.

They have an AMAZING section on the Solar System

Griffith Observatory 1-min

Outer Space was my favorite topic when I was in grade school and I guess this rubbed off on Luke. Or it might be because of all the Space books I got him. Hmm. Either way, Luke LOVES planets and I’m pretty sure he would go crazy when he sees this in person!

Griffith Observatory 7-min

I sent him a ton of photos and videos from this section though. He loved them. Haha.

Griffith Observatory 2-min

I could spend hours just reading about each of the displays!

Griffith Observatory 10-min

One of the things that really piqued my interest was seeing these scales that told you how much you’d weigh on each planet. Pretty neat, huh?

They shot scenes from La La Land here

Griffith Observatory 6-min

I absolutely loved La La Land; probably one of the few romantic films I’ve seriously enjoyed (and I swear, it’s not just because of Emma Stone!) But I have a confession: I watched it on my flight home from LA to Manila. So yes, I went to The Griffith before watching La La Land.

Griffith Observatory 8-min

I know, it’s like going to New Zealand without having seen a Lord of the Rings movie, right? Ok, not exactly. But still, this is unacceptable. At least now though, I have an excuse to go back. I need to recreate those scenes in my yellow dress. Hehe.

The planetarium is amazing

Griffith Observatory 9-min

Ok, promise this my last La La Land reference. But this scene was just amazing, wasn’t it? And it was shot at The Griffith’s Planetarium.

Entrance is free!

Griffith Observatory 11-min

Don’t be fooled by the confusing sign (I know, right?) As they say on their websiteAdmission to the Observatory building, grounds, and telescopes is always FREE! There’s a parking fee of $4/hour if you’re coming up here with your own car but other than that, you are free to explore the place as long as you like.

And if that’s not a good enough reason to come check it out, I don’t know what is!

What are your other favorite spots in Los Angeles? Let me know in the comments below!

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(NOTE: THIS POST IS ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE LAST NOVEMBER 2017.)
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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    December 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I went here a few years ago just to see the Hollywood sign I am totally envious of your photos
    xx

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      It’s such a nice place isn’t it? <3

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    Amita
    December 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I’d love to visit the Griffith Observatory, I haven’t been to LA in years so I may just have to make a trip again sometime soon! :) x

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Hey Amita, you should!! It’s a wonderful place!

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    ANGELEBABY
    December 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

    omg I’ve never actually gone inside haha, need to do that next time. love your photos!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      We ALMOST didn’t go in as well! But good thing we did!! You should!!

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    Tiffany
    December 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Looks totally amazing

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Tiffany! It was!

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    Bernice
    December 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Omg I loved it there! Great photo opp location

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Yes it was perfect for pictures too hehe.

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    Sheryl
    December 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This seems like a really fun trip! Would love to visit LA one day. :)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      It was fun! You should definitely visit!

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    Yiota
    December 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful photos and I wish I will be able to travel there someday!! It will be a dream come true :)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      If you get to visit LA you should definitely check Griffith Observatory!

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    Nancy
    December 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The Griffith Observatory gives a lot of amazing views in LA! I loved going there during the day and night! They have some awesome shows inside and I learned a lot by just walking through the facility. I love shots you took! I didn’t know that there is a parking fee now. Makes sense considering how many people come!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I would looove to watch the shows!! I wanna go back next time!

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    Ken Patricio
    December 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I love the fact it’s free admission!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      That’s the best, isn’t it? 😉 Haha!

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    Gail
    December 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I went to Griffith Observatory the first time I went to LA. (Since it’s the closest we could get to the Hollywood Sign without trekking). And I must say I loved it! Esp the solar system part and the weighing scale that of which you’ll know how much you weigh per planet. It was amazing. And the view was terrific!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      YES same here!!!

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    Jessica K
    December 21, 2017 at 8:08 am

    For someone who grew up in LA… I’m ashamed to say that I’ve actually never been to the Griffith Observatory! I LOVE this review.. you did a really good job with the beautiful photos and YES La La Land captured my heart just the same way… what an amazing movie!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Jessica!! You should go to Griffith!!! Hehehe. Love La La Land!!

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    Hillory
    December 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Looks like such a fun trip, hope you had the best time girly!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Yes it was so much fun!

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    Tina
    December 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I’ve been to the outside of the Griffith Observatory but never inside. Looks awesome!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      You should go in for sure!

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    Andrea
    December 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I love the photos, and your style!! They are super natural, and I feel like Im talking to a friend when I read your blog. Great content!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Aww thanks Andrea that’s so sweet. That’s really how I want people to read my blog; like talking to a friend! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    Elisa
    December 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Such a beautiful place! Definitely something to visit!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Yes you should visit Elisa!

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    Olga
    December 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    This Observatory looks amazing! I love planets and outer space too! You face showing the tiny Hollywood sign is so funny! Thank you for sharing your experience and these amazing pictures with us!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      It’s really amazing Olga! Haha thanks and hope you can visit next time!

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    Courtney Hardy
    December 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It sounds like an awesome place to visit.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      It really is!

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    Jenny
    December 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Beautiful photos! I always thought this was just a place to see the Hollywood sign, I didn’t realize there was so much more to do and see inside! My husband and I both love outer space so I think we’d definitely enjoy checking this out. Thank you for sharing!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Yes you should definitely go in!!

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    Zhanna
    December 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Yes, Griffith Observatory is one of the must-see places in LA for sure. It’s also one of the best places to bring your kids to. Next time you are in LA, make sure to have your husband and kid to enjoy the observatory as much as you did.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Agree, I would love to bring my son here next time!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, I really wanna bring my son here next time!!

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    Christine Kong
    December 23, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I love the Griffith Observatory! It is one of my favorite places to go in LA. There’s just something so spectacular about it and I love the views and the proximity to the Hollywood sign. It’s quite busy at times but totally worth it. It’s beautiful!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Agree with everything you said! <3

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    Katherine Tran
    December 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    I’ve gone to LA often, but never visited the Griffith Observatory yet! Looks amazing.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      You should go next time you visit!

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    Carly
    December 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The observatory looks amazing! My son would love it. We’ll have to add it to our must see list when we visit California. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Yes it’s amazing isn’t it? I’m sure your son would love it!

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    togel singapura
    January 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    wah.. so happy to see you can adventure to this place. it’s really amazing..

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Yes it was nice!

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