We have seen it before.
Whether it is in movies, photos, or casually driving by.
When we spot it, we ask,
What is that white building near the Hollywood sign?!
It's Griffith Observatory!
Griffith Observatory is a great place for everyone.
It is definitely family friendly.
Outside of Griffith Observatory:
You can enjoy the beautiful views of the Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles, and on a clear day, you can even see the Pacific Ocean!
Inside the Griffith Observatory:
You will see that it is a neat planetarium full of astronomical wonders and great science exhibits. I thought our little Ten Ten was “too young” for this, but the orange and yellow colors of the sun displays instantly caught her attention!
Move on upstairs:
You have the opportunity to look at the sky and stars with their huge telescope!
The best part is that
Griffith Observatory is FREE!
Trust me. I get it.
When you become a family, FREE becomes your new favorite word quickly.
Now that you know how awesome Griffith Observatory is...The next question is
How do you get there?!
Thankfully, there is a designated lot and street parking when you are driving up to Griffith Observatory,
but our family always chooses to hike up!
This hike is great for families, even families with infants. It is not too bumpy!
The hike is short, easy (but not too easy, as you do go uphill), and has great beautiful viewpoints. It is about 30-45 minutes of a hike.
Whether you live in Southern California or planning to visit, we encourage and hope you enjoy this hike with your family!
Ps: don’t forget to bring the sunscreen for you and your little one(s)!
Easy Family Hike to
Hiking starts at The Trails Cafe
Griffith Park his HUGE.
You will never hear anyone simply say, "Let's meet at Griffith Park."
You would have to follow-up with, "...exactly where in Griffith?"
For this hike, insert the address below:
2333 Fern Dell Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
This is the address to the Trails cafe.
The entrance to this hike is directly across the street from the cafe.
Parking is fairly easy. Parking is along the sidewalk.
Speaking of Cafe
...may I tempt you with
a hiking snack?
We love Trails!
Once you drive up Fern Dell Drive and past Red Oak Drive. You'll see The Trails Cafe on your left.
The Trails cafe is a great spot to grab lunch. The avocado sandwich is excellent.
They also serve some baked goods and coffee, so you can treat yourself after a good hike!
My favorites are the lavender scone and chai tea latte.
Now after you finish your 15 chocolate chip cookies,
you are ready for the hike to Griffith Observatory!
Totally kidding...you may just want to rest and digest a bit longer ;)!
Where is the Hiking Entrance?
So there is not a big sign that says, “Hike starts here,” but no problem,
all you have to do is locate the Trails Cafe and look directly across the street.
You will see an opening to the start of the hike to Griffith Observatory.
Where does the Hiking Trail Begin?
Once you enter the opening, you will see that there is a mini playground on the left side.
Walk towards it, as the trail starts past the playground towards the hill.
As you are walking up the hill, you will pass over a wooden bridge
and the bathrooms (which you might need after all that coffee!).
You'll get to a "V" where the paths split.
For families with infants and kids, I recommend hiking on the right side. It is the shorter and easier hike of the two.
You see it! You are close.
Griffith Observatory is the goal!!
As you are walking uphill, you will soon see the end goal,
the big white building aka Griffith Observatory!
I love soaking up every moment with my little Ten Ten!
Capture the Beautiful Views on Your Way Up!
You will also get a good look at the Hollywood sign
and some other great views of the rolling Hollywood Hills.
When you're close to the top, the two paths will meet just below the observatory itself.
A sign will remind you when you have just 0.1 miles left until you're there!
Congratulations, you made it to the top!!!
Now it is time to unwind.
Take in the view.
Take a thousand pictures.
Now it is time to enter Griffith Observatory!
(tip: it is air conditioned and shaded inside! Oh and there are bathrooms!)
I found this picture of the entrance door to be hilarious.
So which is it?
SPOILER ALERT: It's the entrance door. You may enter!
I am not going to lie,
I did not truly appreciate Griffith Observatory probably until my third visit here.
The first few times I visited, it happened to be very crowded,
but it was also smack dab in the summer time. So I avoided going inside to explore.
Learn from my mistakes, GO INSIDE and explore!
It is also nice and cool there! Figuratively and literally.
There is so much to see!!
After you are all done exploring Griffith Observatory,
you can take the same path back down.
Just make sure to leave yourself an hour of time to hike down before sunset.
Don’t want to hike in the dark with kids!
What are your favorite things to do around Hollywood?
We absolutely love Griffith Park and hope you can visit soon!