California Tower Tours Now Available | NBC 7 San Diego

California Tower Tours Now Available

You’d be hard pressed to find a tourist who hasn’t snapped an image of the California Tower while visiting San Diego's Balboa Park

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    The California Tower, the familiar sight inside San Diego’s Balboa Park will open to the public for the first time in 80 years.

    The tower will open New Year's Day at noon as part of the Centennial Celebration, the city’s year-long celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

    Inspired by the churches of Mexico and Spain, the buildings connected to the San Diego Museum of Man were built in 1914 and opened as part of the exposition.

    The result is a building that is so iconic to Balboa Park that you’d be hard pressed to find a tourist who hasn’t snapped an image of it while visiting.

    It’s even listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the California Quadrangle, according to the organization’s website.

    Now, you can buy tickets for tower tours at specific times in 2015.

    Only those older than 6 can take the tour. It also requires the ability to climb 125 stairs in 40 minutes. Each tour can accommodate 12 people and it’s recommended that you purchase the tickets online in advance of your visit.

    Click here for more information.