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Address: 1350 El Prado, At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
Phone Number: +1 619-239-2001

A city landmark located inside San Diego's Balboa Park, this 200-foot tower...

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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Easy climb to gorgeous views

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of fitness, the group stops for a break after each flight of stairs.

Thank Gatordogs
Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 spiral staircase, to get to the top, but there are plenty of stops along the... More 

1 Thank Denise P
Huntington Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 hike even it it were daunting. You are allowed to spend time at the top... More 

Thank profesora42
Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 and one at the end. You take a flight of stairs then rest on a... More 

1 Thank pdbrown4
Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This tower just opened to the public after 70-something years. You climb a bunch of stairs, while a guide talks about the history of the tower, and Balboa Park in general. It costs $22.50, but includes admission to the Museum of Man, which is a really interesting museum too. I'm a native of SD and I learned from the guide.... More 

Thank Laura J
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

After over 50 years its open! Tours are inexpensive and not hard, there are several stops along the way and usually around 10 to 12 steps at a time. Lots of history and stories with spectacular views.

1 Thank C C
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

Book direct and you get museum of man, torture museum and tower tour for $25. Tower tour gave great views, historical background of the park and Andrea (the guide) was fantastic. Well worth a trip up!

Thank xistwithu

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