Griffith Park

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Griffith Park The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park's 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe. Los Angeles United States 34.1343795804571 -118.293808789502
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Party Earth Review The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park’s 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Park: daily 6am–10pm
    Observatory: W–F noon–10pm and Sa–Su 10am–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Griffith Park Review

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The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park's 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe.

The largest stretch of nature in Los Angeles, Griffith Park’s 4,000 acres boast a plethora of attractions and activities, from horseback riding and swimming to the study of the cosmos, that draws visitors of every stripe.

Mornings often see tourists wandering through the zoo, as weekend warriors take to the tennis and basketball courts or to the miles of snaking trails perfect for hiking and biking.

By midday, the golf course is full of business people entertaining clients, while travelers shuffle into the Museum of the American West or crowd into the Griffith Observatory – made famous in Rebel Without a Cause – to meander through the planetarium or check out the view of the Hollywood sign.

At night, adventurous types might opt for a late picnic near the open-air Greek Theatre, where music aficionados gather to listen to rock or jazz under the stars.

For anyone in need of a getaway or just a quick lunchtime nap under a tree, Griffith Park is an urban oasis that provides city dwellers with some much-needed elbow room.

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Tip from Emma:

Looking for a serious dose of movie history? Forget the Hollywood Sign! Head about a half-mile into the park via Canyon Drive. You'll see an old dirt road on the right. A short walk up leads to The Bronson Caves, an unassuming craggy outcropping where dozens of TV shows and movies have been shot, including the original Batman!

  • Crowd

    People of all types and ages, but particularly neighborhood locals, young professionals, and artistic types, 18 to 30.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Hiking and picnicking. Golf course, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts. Concerts featuring well-known acts from country to indie rock at the Greek Theatre. Rotating exhibits and a planetarium at the Observatory. Bike rentals. Haunted hayrides every October around Halloween.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Parking is free and plentiful.

  • Prices

    Free admission. Roosevelt Golf Course greens fees $15–$20. Tickets to Greek Theatre shows $20+. Bike rental $8–$35/hour. City-owned tennis courts free, private courts $8/hour.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: shorts, jeans, and t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends in the spring and fall for picnicking, hiking, and the Observatory.

  • Close By

    The Bigfoot Lodge (3172 Los Feliz Boulevard) keeps the outdoorsy theme going, but with the addition of booze.

Griffith Park User Reviews

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A must see tourist location for anyone in Los Angeles
Kt G. Oct 29, 2013
A great place for learning about our celestial neighbors in the sky and one of the best views of L.A. one could possibly hope for. If you don't mind the walk up the mountain (due to it being overcrowded) you'll definitely enjoy your stay. By the way. Its FREE!
Beautiful Scenery
Mariana A. Jul 19, 2013
Griffith Park has become a popular tourist attraction due to recent opening of the Observatory. But the Observatory is not the only attraction. Griffith Park houses a golf course, tennis courts, horse riding, and other sources of entertainment, and a variety of different hiking paths. Depending on your entrance to the park, one can find an array of different trails. The more you visit the more paths you discover. Aside from the hiking paths, there are also many playgrounds and a lot of grass space for families to celebrate parties. Almost every weekend, you will find a family celebrating a birthday or having a party, but barbecuing is not allowed anymore because of the fire that consumed the park a couple of years ago. Even so, Griffith Park is a great place to spend time by yourself, or with family, and also with your dogs. It doesn't matter if you’re going for a hike, or going for a picnic, or just taking a rest, Griffith Park’ scenery is calming and depending on your location you can get the view of Los Angeles, which can be quite beautiful during the evening. No matter what, Griffith Park is a great place to check out.
For the Stargazers Out There
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
For those of you who like free things, well this is the place for you. Not only that, but the stargazing opportunities you see at night make this all worthwhile. I had come here when I was younger, but with the new renovations, I was surprised to come back and still see the familiar landscape fused with the new improvements that make this place that much better. Furthermore, they have shows like "Centered in the Universe" and tesla coil demonstrations that will take your breath away. The only problem may be the parking, but it's so worth hiking up to the observatory, hanging out with some friends, and enjoying nature like never before. Definitely recommend for those who want rekindle their love for the stars in the present time.
Maggie H. May 16, 2013
I love Griffith park especially on a nice day when the sun is shining and kissing your cheeks. You can go just to relax, have a picnic, put on an event like a birthday party, and just do whatever floats your boat. It’s clean, it’s pretty and it’s spacious. The Observatory is my favorite place to go. Whether it’s with friends, with a special someone or just by yourself, you can take in all the views at the top. I’m nota big fan of museums, but I love soaking in the lights at night outside. It is cold, so bring a jacket.
Griffith Park - Paradise Found!
Kristian J. May 13, 2013
With over 4000 acres of pristine wilderness and luscious landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park in the United States. Situated in the Eastern Santa Monica mountain range, with elevations up to 1,625, Griffith Park really is a wilderness retreat right in the middle of the sprawling city. Easily accessible from Los Feliz on the city side, or Ventura Freeway from the other side, access to the park and it's miles of gorgeous hiking trails is completely free of charge. Most visitors head straight to the Griffith Observatory at the top of Observatory Road, which stands magnificently as the center piece of the park. Admission to the observatory building and grounds is free, and the views over the city from it's viewing platform are simply spell binding. Other attractions in the park include the Greek Theater (open April-October) where you can catch outdoor concerts in the evening, horse back riding, picnic zones and other sports facilities (tennis, basketball, bowls etc). But the highlight for me is the park itself. Acres of almost untouched Californian flora and fauna, miles of snaking hiking trails and magnificent views from all parts. If it's respite from the city sludge you seek then you'd be hard pushed to find a more tranquil spot than this, and so easy to get to as well - no more than a half hour walk from central Hollywood. Buses or cars will get you there in moments!!
Good Ol' Griffith
Rachel J. May 10, 2013
I have so much love for this park. Miles and miles of hiking trails to explore, the Observatory, the Hollywood sign, the trains and playgrounds, the Greek could spend days here. I love watching the sun set from the Griffith Observatory after a good long day of trekking around in the hills. And for lunch, don't forget to stop by Trails Cafe at the base of Griffith in Los Feliz - get their egg salad sandwich and their lavender shortbread cookies, and you will be a happy camper. GREAT photo opportunities abound in this whole area.
Perfect Date Spot
Darlene T. May 10, 2013
Griffith is the perfect place to go on a date. Whether you hike or drive up it will be fun! The hike up is not too bad; you have a nice view of city skyline and the famous Hollywood sign for most of it. The park is a cool place to hike around, see a concert, or walk up to Griffith Observatory! If you go at the perfect time, you can watch the sun set and see the city lights twinkle from the view. The observatory is interesting and if you're lucky you'll get to look through a telescope to see cool stuff in space.
Fav hiking trail in LA
Daniel R. Apr 4, 2013
Love the Griffith Hike. When you're pushing it, this is a tough one and an awesome workout. It's much less crowded than Runyon no matter what, and there's far fewer dogs are around. After the initial climb up from parking, it's relatively flat for about a mile until you start your climbs. There are 4 or 5 of them, and they are fairly intense for the amateur hiker. It's a great trail and anybody can do them, just take it slow if you're new to this. The views are great, and there's a garden/picnic area at the top big enough for large groups. You'll even see some horses if you get all the way up and continue towards the Hollywood sign. Looking west at Sunset is AWESOME at that spot. Just be sure to get down before the sun sets completely, because it gets dark and there are coyotes that you might spot while racing down!
One of My Favorite LA Spots!
Emily B. Mar 27, 2013
There is never a shortage of things to do at Griffith Park. The park itself is beautiful for picnics, hikes, or just sitting back and enjoying the scenery. Riding the merry go round is one of my fondest childhood (and not-so-childhood) memories. I have even brought my younger cousin there to share the experience. There are often events in the old zoo because of its great acoustics. My favorites are the (free!) Shakespeare performances. My favorite part is, however, the observatory. Even if you don’t have an appreciation for astronomy and science, it can give you a spectacular view of the entire city, including the infamous Hollywood sign. There’s star grazing, a planetarium, and even a tesla coil!
Amazing Place
Jasmit N. Mar 26, 2013
Griffith Park is a must see place. There is so much to do here. You can either go to the observatory or go hiking. The observatory is really nice. They have so much to look at. Parking can be an issue sometimes because so many people come here. There is still a lot of space for parking. They have so many trials for hiking. There is one that goes to the Hollywood sign. The scenes from the hikes and from top of the observatory are just remarkable. You can see most of Los Angeles from it. They also have a grassy area in front of the observatory for people who just want to chill.
Must visit
Ramandeep K. S. Mar 26, 2013
I love this place! I have been going here since a little child and it never gets old. Griffith park offers one of the best hiking trails and parks in Los Angeles. Its diversity makes sure that you will have something to do. And its right next to one of the most laid back neighborhoods in L.A. As a child I was definitely dragged to exhibitions at the observatory that I didn't always appreciate but I must say I really enjoyed them as I look back at it now. Also one of L.A's most famous hikes is to the Hollywood sign, kinda boring but honestly who doesn't want a picture behind the iconic Hollywood sign.
A must !
Amber K. Mar 26, 2013
I have been visiting Griffith park ever since I was a little child with my family. At the time, I did not know too much about the science and astronomy this observatory has. But even at that age, I used to love coming here. As I grew older, I began learning more about the exhibitions and it became even more interesting. My favorite part about this place is the beautiful view of the Los Angeles city. It's a very very pleasant and unique experience to be able to see it. It looks nice during the day and is very clear, but it looks unbelievably amazing during the night with All the city lights flashing. I would recommend this place to everyone...people of all ages should visit ! Whether of not you like science, you will love this observatory
Hikes and Observatory great exercise and educational fun for all ages!
Teresa P. Mar 26, 2013
I've led a group of elementary and middle school kids and their college student mentors on hikes and activities around the Observatory and surrounding hiking trails, and it is fun for the kids and young adults alike! The hiking trails right around the Observatory aren't difficult even for little kids, but be sure they know to stay on the trail and away from the steep slopes and edges. At viewpoints along the way you can see so much of Los Angeles and really get a feel for and perspective on the city. The stuff inside the Observatory is really interesting and educational too, again great for all ages. The grass right outside the Observatory is perfect for picnicking and gathering before or after visiting the exhibits or hiking. A must do for all Angelenos and visitors to the city!
Must go!
Amandeep K. Mar 26, 2013
Griffith Park has many hiking options. My friends and I decided to go on a man made trail, which led us straight to the regular path on top. When we reached the observatory we ended up roaming around and looking at the nice view. We then saw another short hike up to a see a better view so we went there. This short hike was located right in front of the observatory. We then ended up roaming around and tried a different path to get down ended up not getting lost. Overall it was a good hiking adventure and I recommend you go!
Perfect Date Spot
Anh L. Mar 23, 2013
I came here with my boyfriend and had a picture picture afternoon. Griffith Park not only covers a huge amount of area, there are so many things to do! Lots of families and couples come here. We rented some bikes and rode around, then had a picnic under a tree. Hiking here is also fun, and though I'm not much of a jogger, my friends really enjoy coming here to do just that. Parking is easy, which is nice after being used to horrid Los Angeles parking for a long time. There are still so many museums for me to come back to Griffith Park to visit, and I surely cannot wait to do so.
Plenty to do!
John I. Mar 22, 2013
Griffith Park has so much to offer! Everyone knows about the historic Griffith Observatory. If you only have an hour or two to spare, make the observatory your priority. The views are spectacular (make sure you go on a clear, sunny day!). The shows at the observatory are enjoyable and sometimes amusing (but you have to pay for them). Besides the observatory, there are plenty of hiking and jogging opportunities. The classic one is to the Hollywood Sign, this is a big tourist attraction. There is also golfing, a zoo, and the Autry Museum. You’ll keep coming back for all the attractions! Don’t try to hit them all in one day. The views are nice and the park is clean; you’ll want to visit again.
Griffith Park Greatness
Ashley A. Feb 22, 2013
Looking for inspiration? A great place to hike? Maybe even a romantic date idea? Well then, Griffith Observatory is the place to be! Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the observatory is placed high above the busy city streets on a hill that offers a stunning view. My boyfriend and I visited right before the sun was about to set and the view was incredible. The fresh air (as fresh as it can get in Los Angeles), panoramic view of the city, and great company was a perfect end to a wonderful day spent in the city. And for those of you who want to visit during the day, Griffith Park offers an incredible hiking trail to the iconic Hollywood sign and plenty to see in the actual observatory--this goes for nighttime visits as well. Also, the lawn in front of the observatory offers a great picnic space. Make sure to bring a sweater when you visit at night as it can get a bit chilly, even during the summer months. Whenever you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed!
The Great Griffith Park
Gloria L. Feb 12, 2013
What does the nature enthusiast, the music lover, the sports aficionado, and the cinephile have in common? A joint location to enjoy all the things they love! Griffith Park offers hikes that can take you up to see impeccable sights of the City of Angels, as well as the iconic Hollywood sign and various film sets. indie concerts at the Observatory are not uncommon for the constant music mogul. There are trails made for bikers and basketball and tennis courts scattered around the immense park. Restricted to one activity is a feeling you can definitely leave at home. As it is a bit elevated, wintery nights can get a bit chilly. However, spring and summer nights are perfect for a sunset hike or a picnic.
Lisa W. Jan 25, 2013
Griffith Park is a beautiful place to visit whether it's during the day to spot the mountain views or at night to see the City of Angels all lit up. There is a nice trail that leads up to the is a bit steep, but a nice 45 minute hike up! At the top is a nice reward, the observatory. It is free to enter and peruse the exhibits. For a mere $5 you can partake in a planetary show. If you like horses, there are stables that offer horseback riding trails throughout the park. It is a great way to relax, enjoy the views, and breathe in the fresh air.
Catching a case of the thrills
Justin O. Dec 8, 2012
Escape the city and head for the hill; Griffith Park is calling for more than a thrill. Yeah, I’m not much of the poet, but as you can see, my ability to spit mad rhymes is clearly up to par. Speaking of par, if you’re into golf you ought to gather the clubs and take a swing at one of the two golf courses in the area (Wilson or Harding). It’s no Pebble Beach by any means, but it’s likely to challenge any golf nut or Happy Gilmore with an urge to whack a ball in the city. While it won’t cost an arm or a leg (be careful, you’ll need those to play) prices will vary depending on if you walk, rent a cart, play the course or hit the driving range. Walk? I’d rather hike. Alright, sweet – follow me… Literally, if you need a place to clear your head and muse over life, career plans or what the future holds for you; look no further than Griffith Park. The endless activity of biking, basketball, baseball and tennis will keep any personality satisfied for days. Of course, hiking is the crème de la crème - Brush Canyon, Mt. Hollywood Trail and Ferndell Park to Griffith Observatory are just a few trails with a pay off view. If you’re new to the city and looking for another true hugger to kick it with, check out the Los Angeles Hiking group. The group has a monthly calendar littered with exciting outdoor events (hikes, picnics, vacations, etc) who knows; you may just get lucky and connect with another lonely soul (insert Al Green music here) Can you imagine, the two of you horse back riding into a Hollywood sunset? Well…I can. No need for a fancy film set to make this a reality. Get this, the Hollywood sign is right in front of you and Griffith Park offers horse riding adventures – who would have thought that? Okay, now giddy up to the top because the view from the observatory is breathtaking to say the least. You’ll truly appreciate the colossal size of Los Angeles if you get to see it on a clear day, it’s incredible. After you regain consciousness, step inside the observatory for a lesson in space exploration. Admission is free, unless you want to purchase tickets for the planetarium show. It’s a wet dream for all you science kids and quality experience for the rest of you. If you’re hungry, take a stroll down to the observatory kitchen for some quick eats – nothing special really, a bit like lunch lady land if you ask me. Buy a couple presents from the gift shop and head back outside – see the view and once again lose consciousness. Chances are you’ll find yourself sleeping under a tree after a rendezvous with Griffith Park. It’s so peaceful and the probability you wake up alone, with someone or to lovely sound of music is pretty high. Almost as high as that kid, you know – the one strumming the acoustic guitar 50 yards away from you? If not the kid, it’s clearly coming from the Greek Theatre, which is totally rad. I’ve seen a couple sick shows at the Greek, a lot of great blues & jazz acts. If you’re into outdoor music spots, then definitely check out the calendar to see who’s rolling through town. Well, I could sit here for hours, days, even weeks reviewing Griffith Park and all of its amazing attributes, but I’ll spare your little eyes and let you see if for yourself. The fact of the matter is, it’s LA and we all know how expensive it can be. If you’re looking for a place to entertain family, friends or visitors don’t feel like you have to drive around LA for it. Just remember, there’s a place where you can escape the city and head for the hill, Griffith Park is a safe haven with more than a thrill. Cheers!
Amazing Views!
Kirsten H. Dec 2, 2012
My boyfriend and I wanted to go on a hike near downtown and decided to try out Griffith Park. The views were amazing, you could see a 360 degree panorama of all of Los Angeles, even the famous Hollywood sign. I definitely recommend checking out the Griffith Observatory, which is located at the top of the hike. The Griffith Observatory has really cool exhibits on astronomy and offers planetarium shows in the Dome. This place is not just for tourists, I recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of the city a little and take in the beautiful views and fresh air.
Eleni S. Dec 2, 2012
I went to Griffith park for the first time this year and I absolutely loved it! The observatory is absolutely amazing and the landscaping in beautiful. There are so many things that you can do at the park, and it is usually filled with tourists or locals. If you love the outdoors, I definitely recommend going to Griffith park. The atmosphere is so relaxing and it almost feels like you aren't in LA. You are away from all the chaos/smog etc. The view of the city is absolutely amazing! If you love being outside and hate the busy lifestyle of LA than i definitely recommend going to Griffith park with family/friends/whoever!
Slow down, breathe... and relax...
Jahir J. Nov 29, 2012
Fresh air, the aroma of pine, and free easy parking: all things rarely associated with Los Angeles. But Griffith Park brings these in abundance. The expansive trails bring a welcome change of pace from the usual LA commotion. And aside from the possible sighting of film students experimenting with cameras, the tranquil atmosphere of Griffith Park almost feels like that of an entirely different city. Whether you're interested in a serious hike/run or just in need of a respite from smog and traffic, Griffith Park will do the trick. And for the those with more devious schemes, the planetarium makes for an ideal affordable yet exotic date spot. The park, being as widespread as it is, caters just as well to outdoorsy groups as it does the solitary walker craving a reconnection with nature. Whatever your intentions, there's a high probability that a visit to Griffith Park will leave you feeling centered and rejuvenated. For extra points, bring a camera and snap pictures of the striking views as the trails elevate. Put one up as your screensaver, and you just might be able to fool people into thinking you're a professional photographer.
If you need a nature fix
Camille B. Nov 28, 2012
I went to Griffith Park for the first time a couple weeks ago to hike to the Hollywood sign, and while I realized that you could not actually get all the way up to the sign (I’m not from LA), it was still one of the most beautiful views I have seen. It was a pretty easy hike, straightforward but lots of climbing up, but completely worth it. We saw some people riding horseback up the hill, which I did not know you could do, and it looked like a fun experience (though to be honest they were going slower than molasses) but either way, a trip to the top of Griffith Park would be an adventure to remember.
L.A. Attraction With A Cause
Billy K. Nov 28, 2012
The Griffith Observatory is good enough to shoot a classic James Dean movie (Rebel Without A Cause), so it's good enough for me. The views are beautiful, the hiking paths are walkable, and the Observatory is affordable and informative. It's one of those unique and fresh spots that makes you feel like you are both deep in the woods and in the heart of the city. It also is the owner of the best view of the city. This is more than just a tourist spot. It's a perfect place for locals to get away and think about life for a while. L.A. and Hollywood can suck the soul out of you during the week. Griffith Park has enough fresh air and scenery to put the soul right back in you. Kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, husbands, wives, and everyone else will like something at Griffith. You can reminisce about the old movies filmed there, read about the solar system, or just enjoy a iced coffee and try to spot the building you work in. But beware: I saw German tourists who thought it was a good idea to sneak some beer in. They almost got kicked out. It was a good chuckle, but it didn't happen to me. It's easy enough to get drunk on life at Griffith. Go enjoy!
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