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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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“easy climb” (2 reviews)
“balboa park” (18 reviews)
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

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 18 June 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 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 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...More

2  Thank Denise P
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