California Tower is the tallest among many impressive buildings in San Diego's historic Balboa Park. For the first time since 1935, visitors can climb the seven flights of stairs to access the top of the California Tower. The reward for climbing the 125 stairs to the top of the tower is some of San Diego's most remarkable views in every direction. Few other landmarks in San Diego have the cultural and historical significance of California Tower, making it one of the top tourist spots in Balboa Park.
Must See and Must Do Near California Tower
Phenomenal Views in Four Directions
From the top of California Tower, each direction presents a unique, picturesque viewpoint. From the San Diego Zoo and Cuyamaca Mountains in the North, to the Coronado Bridge and Mexico to the South, the climb to the top of California Tower is worthwhile for the panoramic views alone.
Museum of Man
Among the numerous museums at Balboa Park, the Museum of Man specializes in anthropological exhibits. Topics of their special displays range from a History of Beer, to Instruments of Torture.
Explore Balboa Park
Surrounding the Museum of Man and California Tower is the rest of the 1200 acre Balboa Park. Balboa Park not only has over a dozen museums, but theaters, restaurants, gift shops, and the San Diego Zoo as well.
Best and Worst Times to Visit California Tower
Tickets to climb California Tower must be purchased for a specific time slot. To see the available dates and times, visit the official California Tower website.
Admission to California Tower
Access to California Tower is found on the second floor of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Prices for tickets to the California Tower currently range from $6-12.50 depending on age, military status, and other factors.
Insider Tip for California Tower
As the tallest, most noticeable building in one of California's most popular urban parks, California Tower has long been a popular landmark for film makers. From "Citizen Kane" in 1945, to "Anchorman" in 2004, the tower has been featured in iconic films for decades.
Author's bio: After a seven year career in the US Navy, Nicholas completed his MBA and settled in California. He's published over 40 articles as the San Diego Fitness Trends Examiner, and regularly contributes as a freelance writer to various companies.