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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.
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

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

Thank MollyMcLolly
Reviewed 9 August 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

Thank rduinc
Reviewed 5 August 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

Thank pudman43
Reviewed 26 June 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

Thank jer b
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

1  Thank Nprus
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

1  Thank pedz55
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
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 TerukoM4
Reviewed 17 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
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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12 March 2018|
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.
6 March 2018|
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