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California Tower

1350 El Prado, At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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A city landmark located inside San Diego's Balboa Park, this 200-foot tower announces its presence every fifteen minutes with a carol of chimes.
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1350 El Prado, At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
+1 619-239-2001
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved climbing the California Tower. You can only climb the tower by paying the entrance fee to the Museum of Man since the tower is accessed from inside the building. There's a separate fee for the tower itself, and you can pay that at...More

Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The tour includes interesting information on the 1915 Pan American Exposition. There is a stop-rest-listen to the tour guide at each level so most should be able to enjoy the climb up the stairs. Beautiful 360 of San Diego from the observation level.

Thank David R
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Climbed the California Tower and got a wonderful view of San Diego. The climb is relatively easy but make sure you bring comfortable shoes. Visits only allowed via a reservation in groups that run as late as 4pm so you can certainly catch a nice...More

Thank sbarajasjr
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must do in Balboa Park! The views from the California Tower are amazing. This is a guided tour that lasts 40 minutes. You learn a little bit of history about Balboa Park and the California Tower. In order to accommodate all levels...More

Thank Gatordogs
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This gives nice views over the zoo and surrounding gardens. More than a little OTT about health and safety and a bit pricey, but a nice thing to do at a price

Thank TonyD33
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The tour up the the tower was great very easy to climb up great history about the tower and very beautiful view...

Thank Evil J
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Balboa Park is a wonderful place to spend the day for locals and tourists alike. Closed since 1935, the California Tower, accessed from the second floor of the Museum of Man, reopened to visitors in 2015. You have to climb seven floors, including one metal...More

2  Thank Denise P
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Although this is a high tower with lots of stairs, the guided tour is broken up with a stop on every landing for info about what there is to see, etc. It is so excellent and gorgeous - and the view would be worth the...More

2  Thank profesora42
Reviewed 15 April 2016

The actual tower is 125 steps however we completed more than 165 steps to get there counting the entrance to the museum. It was a sunny, clear day and we had a spectacular view. The tour includes about 12 people with 2 guides one leading...More

3  Thank pdbrown4
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Was a wonderful view of Balboa Park. Lots of history behind it, hopefully your visiting with a sober person, watch the stairs. Has an organ type bell system that plays songs on certain days and times.

Thank MIZT13
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