Things To Do Near Griffith Park in Los Angeles

Griffith Park, the second largest city parking in America, adds up to so many different things: it is a Merry Go Round and a garbage dump, an observatory and an equestrian area, a zoo and a concert hall. Griffith J. Griffith certainly succeeded in leaving a mark on the city when he donated 3,015 acres of Rancho Los Felis land to the Los Angeles government in 1896.

Its plans for construction set in motion in 1912, the Griffith Observatory finally opened in 1935. This monumental Art Deco building and educational science center recently underwent a 93 million dollar renovation and continues to draw crowds.

On the slopes of Mt. Lee on the west side of Griffith Park is the famous HOLLYWOOD sign. A nice hike along access roads leads to the ridge above the sign, with a good view of the sign and the L.A. basin. There is a fence between you and the sign of course and don't even think of getting close to the letters!

This list collects some great park highlights, but don't forget the Greek Theatre! This cool outdoor venue is like a more intimate Hollywood Bowl.

Nearby neighborhoods include a nice shopping and dining district on Vermont Ave in Los Feliz. The Dresden is a classic brat-pack bar and restaurant here that just oozes character. . . Also nearby is the Barnsdall Art Park, home to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, where interior tours are available Wed. through Sun. (Wright's Ennis House is also very close to Griffith Park).

To the east and north of Griffith Park are the San Fernando Valley cities of Glendale and Burbank, site to memorable places like the Americana shopping center and Warner Brothers Studios. To the west lie the Valley areas of North Hollywood and Universal City, the latter home of the popular Universal Studios extravaganza.

For more sites including golf courses in and near Griffith Park check this Griffith Park Guide.

Griffith Observatory

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2800 E. Observatory Rd
In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave

Panoramic Views & Planetarium Shows... read more

Griffith Park Merry Go Round

4730 Crystal Springs Drive

Great old carousel–still going strong... read more

Fern Dell Trail

2150 Fern Dell Drive

(also known as Ferndell) Short shady walk along a stream featuring 50 types of ferns... read more

Los Angeles Zoo

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5333 Zoo Dr
Griffith Park

Walk on the Wild Side... read more

Bronson Caves

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West side of Griffith Park
end of Canyon Drive

An old Hollywood quarry... read more

Autry National Center - Museum of the American West

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4700 Western Heritage Way
(Griffith Park)

Western history... read more

Travel Town Museum

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5200 Zoo Drive
Griffith Park

Training wheels... read more


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6342 Mulholland Highway
Griffith Park

Beacon of Tinseltown... read more

Hollyhock House

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4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Barnsdall Park

Art house... read more

Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills

6300 Forest Lawn Drive

A little bit of stardust... read more
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