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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
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

Even if you don't make the hike inside the tower, it is just a spectacular piece of work. The architecture is unbelievable. Something to see and just gawk at. The work involved is unreal. A beautiful building by any standard.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Randy2353
Reviewed October 7, 2018

I've been on the Tower Tour twice now and highly recommend it. It currently costs $23 for adults and $16 for youth with discounts available for students, seniors, and military. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and you have to place your purses, etc. in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MollyMcLolly
Reviewed August 9, 2018

This beautiful building towers over Balboa Park and you can see if from everywhere, including the gondola ride at the San Diego Zoo (great photos to be had). It is part of the Museum of Man but we were unaware you could climb to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rduinc
Reviewed August 5, 2018

While on a recent vacation to SD, my wife discovered that the Calif Tower is now opened for tours, and wow what a great choice! Our guide (a fellow in his 20's) was terrific, very knowledgeable and funny, and the 40 min tour was a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pudman43
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

This was fun. A bit on the pricey side but well worth it. Two volunteers escort you up the 125 odd steps up to the eighth level. They stop along the way and provide very interesting commentary about the tower and it’s history. The also...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jer b
Reviewed April 29, 2018

We climbed the California Tower when we were in Balboa Park. It is part of the Museum of Man, but you need to be on the tour to climb it. It is 125 steps to the viewing deck, but do not let that stop you....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Nprus
Reviewed April 28, 2018

We took the guided tour to the top, definitely worth it. Guide was very friendly and funny, interesting facts about the tower and the area, and great views. The tower itself is beautiful, and the views from the top are great, gives a very unique...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank pedz55
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Very nice mission-style architecture in the middle of Balboa Park. It's a San Diego icon and on lots of post cards. Just lovely and in a fantastic park.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed November 21, 2017 via mobile

Visit date: November 19, 2017 I was on 4:20pm tour and it was PERFECT time for sunset. I go to Balboa Park on a weekly basis and I thought I've already known most of it. I was so wrong! The whole experience was amazing. I...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank TerukoM4
Reviewed October 17, 2017

Don't let the amount of steps stop you from going on this tour. They're easy steps to navigate and there is a landing to rest and receive historical info along the way. Gives you time to get ready for the next set of stairs. My...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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keh199
March 11, 2018|
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Response from TravelBuddy0406 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes I believe you can just do the tower climb. Of course bundling the Museum with the climb is probably more cost efficient, but it's still do-able.
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snirpy
March 5, 2018|
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Response from TravelBuddy0406 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes a locker is provided although I think for a small fee (can't really recall). However, yes they are secure. I'm not sure about the size, I think we might have put a small backpack in ours. I would call and ask these... More
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