Griffith Park Observatory: Discount Tickets and Free Admission Days.
Griffith Park Observatory, in Los Angeles, tops our list of savvy things to do in SoCal. Best of all, many events are available to enjoy for free. Diehard fans of the Observatory can take advantage of a 51 percent off deal on a membership. Details below.
Famous for its hilltop location and classic architecture, the Griffith Park Observatory’s building, science exhibits, and grounds are open to the public FREE of charge six days a week year round. You can also view the night sky through the Observatory’s telescopes for free any evening. There is a nominal charge for shows in the Planetarium.
WHAT: Griffith Park Observatory Free Events. Check the current schedule for monthly free events.
WHEN: See the schedule on their website. Griffith Observatory is open six days a week. Weekdays (Tues – Fri) noon – 10pm; Weekends (Sat/Sun) 10am – 10pm. Closed Mondays and most holidays (open 4th of July, New Year’s Day, and Veteran’s Day).
WHERE: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
SAVVY TIP: To make your visit a little savvier …
- Get there via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith Park, although Fern Dell closes each evening at sunset.
- Parking at the Observatory is free but limited. You can park along the roads and near the Greek Theatre, but some of these spots have an uphill walk to the Observatory.
- A northbound lane on Vermont Ave is always open for Observatory traffic to bypass the Greek Theatre traffic. The Greek Theatre season runs from April-October.
- Weekends are the busiest times to visit.
- The planetarium show is best for kids 5 and older.