Student groups visiting the Los Angeles area will want to set aside some time to explore the Griffith Observatory, the art deco landmark that features a high-tech planetarium, public telescopes, and unbeatable city views.
First established in 1935, this observatory sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. It provides unparalleled views of the Los Angeles Basin, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. Griffith Observatory is considered to be a Los Angeles icon, a national leader in public astronomy, and a beloved civic gathering place, as well as one of Southern California's most popular attractions. It holds the mission to 'inspire everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky', something it does quite well for visitors on a daily basis.
While here your group will be able to look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy spectacular views you won't find anywhere else in the city. See exhibits such as Tesla Coil, Beyond the Visible, Extending the Eye, Camera Obscura, Day and Night, Moon Phases, Elements, and so many more. The exhibits can be found within the Wilder Hall of the Eye, Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, Edge of Space, and Gunther Depths of Space Hall.
After exploring all the exhibits take in a show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, take a look at the historic 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope, or grab a bite to eat at the onsite End of the Universe Cafe. There is also an onsite gift shop, Stellar Emporium, to pick up souvenirs or educational materials before you leave.