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Address: 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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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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Historic tour with beautiful views

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... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
David R
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Reviewed 6 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.

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San Diego
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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 setting sun depending on when you book. Highly recommend.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
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

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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...

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Thank Evil J
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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 

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Huntington Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

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