See San Diego From New Heights!

Join us for a uniquely-San Diego experience on a California Tower tour!

The California Tower is one of San Diego’s most iconic historic landmarks. Make the climb on a 40-minute guided tour that highlights the origins of Balboa Park and the histories of some of the many diverse communities that call San Diego home. All tours culminate in breathtaking 360-degree views of San Diego from the Tower’s eighth-floor viewing deck—from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Cuyamaca Mountains in the east, and beyond.

Climb the California Tower and get a new perspective on San Diego and its history—visitors and locals alike won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!


How It Works

California Tower tours are managed by timed tickets, similar to theatre or airplane tickets. Group tours accommodate up to six (6) people to promote social distancing between households. Each ticket is issued for a specific date and start time, and tickets will only be honored according to the date and time printed on them. Click here to learn more about ticket pricing.

California Tower tours are 40 minutes long and are offered four times daily (10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM). Guests must have California Tower tour tickets to be admitted, and must be accompanied by our knowledgeable tour guides at all times.

Guests must arrive at least 10 minutes before their tour start time so that they can stow belongings in a locker and join the queue of other visitors who have tickets for the same tour. Guests who are late will not be able to join their tour, and their ticket(s) will not be refunded or exchanged.

Learn more and prepare for your California Tower tour on our guidelines and FAQ pages.



Thank You to Our Community Contributors

Laurie Egan-Hedley
Director, Barona Cultural Center & Museum

Heather Ponchetti Daly, PhD.
Kumeyaay – Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
University of California, San Diego

Alberto Pulido, PhD.
University of San Diego
Director of the Turning Wheel Project
Chicano Park Steering Committee Member 

Chuck Ambers and Associates
Moro African-Latin Museum

Natalie Zhang
Acting Curator and Collections Manager, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum


Thank You to Our Donors

Tower Society ($50,000 and up)

The Legler Benbough Foundation

The Parker Foundation

Jerome D. and Anne Evenson Ryan in memory of Bea Evenson

Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Tower Benches ($25,000)


Ms. Jean Stein

The Beyster Family

Mr. Rob and Mrs. Lynne Hayes

Mr. Ron & Mrs. Lucille Neeley

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Tower Steps ($5,000)

The Balboa Park Conservancy

Bank of Southern California

Barona Band of Mission Indians

Mr. Charles & Ms. Charlotte Bird

Bill, Marilyn, Mike, Brian, and Betsy Boggs

The Bowden Family Foundation

Ms. Heather Bowden

Mr. Robert & Mrs. Karen Bowden

Mr. James Carr

Ms. Nancy Carol Carter

Dr. Edwin Chen & Mrs. Hope Carlson Chen

Dr. Kuan-Cheng Chen & Dr. Le Chen

Mr. David & Mrs. Lesley Cohn

Dr. Bernard J. Eggertsen & Ms. Florence Nemkov

Mr. Peter & Mrs. Doris Ellsworth

The Dawe Family

The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation

Dr. Nicholas Fintzelberg, Ph.D.

Mr. Roman & Mrs. Stephanie Friedrich

Mr. Bill and Mrs. Amy Geppert

Mr. Ben Garcia & Mr. Scott Fabianek

Bannister Hall Fund at The San Diego Foundation

The Gay and Lesbian Fund for San Diego of The San Diego Foundation

Mr. Jason Hartley

Mr. Don Howells & Ms. Denise Carabet

The Jaffe Family

Ms. Aline Stouse Koppel

Mrs. Peggy Matthews

Honorable Kevin & Mrs. Cynthia Midlam, Ret.

Mr. Pat Minton & Mr. Greg Strange

Sheppard Mullin

Ms. Edie Munk

Mr. Abe Ordover & Ms. Eleanor Musick

The Osmialowski–Thomas Family

Ms. Judith Parzen

Mr. Rick Peters

Mr. James & Mrs. Frances Peterson

Ms. Monica Phariss

Dane, Drake, and Nan Pieper

Mr. Frank & Mrs. Demi Rogozienski

Mr. Jerry & Mrs. Keiko Schneider

Mr. Bruce Shank

Sheppard Mullin

Mr. Jeffrey M. & Mrs. Linda J. Shohet

Mr. Harris Steinberg

Mr. Ken & Ms. Linda Sumner

Ms. Laurette Verbinski

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Mr. Steve Wall & Ms.Franne Ficara

Vistage Group 3080

Mr. Bill & Ms. Lori Walton

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

Mr. Stephen & Mrs. Stephanie Williams

Mr. Dean & Mrs. Deborah Wilson

Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP

Mr. Dale & Mrs. Julie Yahnke

Mr. George & Mrs. Meryl Young

Mr. Ron & Dr. Joellyn Zollman

Others Who Have Given in Honor of or to Support the California Tower

Mr. Larry & Ms. Linda Alessio

Mr. James Alford


Ms. Linnea Arrington

Ms. Lauren Beaudry

Ms. Bonnie Brown

Ms. Phyllis Crapo Olefsky

Mrs. Donna Derrick

Ms. Berit Durler

Ms. Edna Everett

Ms. Heidi Farkash

Ms. Mary Felter

Mr. Dieter Fenkart-Froeschl & Ms. Sarah Malka

Ms. Betty Foss

Mrs. Pauline Foster

Mr. Marty Goodman

Ms. Margaret Ham

Ms. Anne Hill

Ms. Grace Hinman

Ms. Sarah Holtmeyer

Ms. Janine Joseph

Ms. Ellen Kern

Ms. Cynthia Lawson

Mr. John & Mrs. Joanne Leslie

Ms. Vicki Lindblade

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

Dr. Gay McDonald

Ms. Katherine McDonald

Ms. Winona McNitt

Ms. Nelia Monso

Dr. Elizabeth Nolan

Mr. James & Ms. Janet Respess

Ms. Amanda Schaffer

Ms. Elizabeth Roe Schlappi

Mr. Robert & Mrs. Ann Steiner

Mrs. R.H. Taylor

Ms. Jazmen Tejero Singh

Mrs. Eloise Thomas

Mr. Edward Uribe

Ms. Dottie Vieira

Ms. Anna Wayman

Ms. Hilda Naylor Weil

Mr. Donald & Mrs. Marcia Wolochow

Ms. Linda Yorba