Established in 1935 by Griffith J. Griffith who gave the land and funded the building, The Griffith Observatory was one of the first planetariums in the US. It sits atop a hill overlooking all of Los Angeles and beyond. Visitors can wander around the top of the building and see the city from all different angles. Regulars enjoy watching the sunset while sitting on a blanket and eating snacks.
Admission inside the observatory is free and you can wander around learning different things about astronomy or catch a movie in the Leonard Nimoy Theater. It has been a filming site for movies such as "La La Land" and "Rebel Without a Cause". You can see the Hollywood Sign from the trails that connect the building to the park. Griffith Park is below the hill where there is plenty of grass and picnic tables, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
Other amenities include the Greek Theatre where many outdoor live music shows are held. Occasionally there is a movie under the stars where a movie is projected on a big screen outside. An event we hope to attend sometime soon.
We recommend taking new-comers here but it's also a great place to relax or exercise on the trails often frequented by celebrities. Something to note is that parking is $10/hr and cell service is horrible.
Griffith Observatory: www.griffithobservatory.org
Griffith Park: https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/griffith-park-home-page
Greek Theatre: lagreektheatre.com