California Tower tour is hottest ticket in town

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California Tower in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO – Since opening on New Years Day, the hottest tickets in town offer admission to the California Tower in Balboa Park.

The landmark was built in 1915 and has been closed for 80 years for unknown reasons.

It underwent some recent updates and reopened to the public January 1, 2015. The reopening of the 100-year-old tower is in honor of the city’s centennial year.

The tour takes 40 minutes and gets visitors to about 35 feet above sea level. Visitors must be at least six years old to make the trek of 125 steps.

Grant Barrett, marketing manager for the Museum of Man, where visitors access the stairs to the tower, told the Los Angeles Times the number of people we can take up into the tower each day is limited to 120.

“Since opening Jan. 1, we’ve sold tickets almost completely to capacity,” Barrett told the newspaper.

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.