California Tower reopens to public after 80 years

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SAN DIEGO -- After being closed for eight decades, on New Year's Day Balboa Park's famous California Tower will reopen to the public.

Built in 1915, the California Tower was open to the public for 20 years. The tower was closed off for unknown reasons, but after some recent updating it will reopen Jan. 1.

The reopening of the 100-year-old tower is in honor of the city’s centennial year.

The tour takes 40 minutes. Visitors must be at least six years old to make the trek of 125 steps.

Each tour can accommodate 12 visitors. There are 10 tours daily, so tickets are limited. Some days are already sold out. To purchase tickets and for ticket information, click here.