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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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  • Very good34%
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“degree view” (3 reviews)
“balboa park” (22 reviews)
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1350 El Prado, At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616
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+1 619-239-2001
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"viewing platform"
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"balboa park"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 30 April 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

Thank Nprus
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Reviewed 28 April 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

Thank pedz55
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Reviewed 11 April 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.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 22 November 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

1  Thank Teruko M
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Reviewed 18 October 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

1  Thank TravelBuddy0406
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Reviewed 13 August 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
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Reviewed 3 August 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

1  Thank Joyce S
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Reviewed 24 July 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
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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
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keh199
12 March 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
6 March 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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