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California Tower

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1350 El Prado, At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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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 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

Thank Teruko M
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

Thank TravelBuddy0406
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Very charming old Spanish architecture, a landmark in Balboa Park. Your eye is drawn to this lovely building as it stands above all else.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

We're old, 72 & 79, with 1 replaced knee and 3 bad ones between us. We were somewhat apprehensive about doing the climb but decided to try it. They do stop every flight supposedly to give you some history but really, I think It's to...More

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed July 23, 2017

This was a quick, easy, informative tour. The climbing was easy. They make you sign a waiver, but I think that has more to do with if you were to fall off the edge (you won't). We had two guides, and they were very knowledgeable...More

Thank Robbie R
Reviewed June 18, 2017

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

1  Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed April 5, 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.

1  Thank David R
Reviewed March 23, 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 October 17, 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 October 11, 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
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