Coit Tower, San Francisco, California
1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94133| Map |
Coit Tower is a 200+ foot structure in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill district, and is one of the city’s most beloved landmarks. Coit Tower is a monument built in honor of San Francisco’s volunteer firemen, and named after one of the city’s great eccentrics, Lillian Coit, who loved to chase fire trucks as they dashed down the street. Visiting the tower is a unique way to see the city, but there are a few things to keep in mind. There is an admission charge to go up the elevator and use the observation deck, but the classic murals in the lobby can be viewed free, along with the surrounding Pioneer Park. The best way to reach the tower is to simply walk there, using either the Greenwich steps or the Filbert Steps at Montgomery Street. The hill approaching the tower is one of the steepest of San Francisco’s many steep hills, so it’s not for the faint of heart. There are many tour groups who make the tower a stop, and it can also be reached using the #39 bus from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, being an easy-to-find landmark. There’s always the option of driving to the tower, but with challenging San Francisco traffic and limited parking, walking or letting someone else drive is probably the way to go. For families just starting a visit to San Francisco, Coit Tower is a great place to get one’s bearings, see the city and plan for the rest of the trip.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The walk to the building itself is extremely steep and strenuous; recommend taking the #39 bus that leaves from Fisherman's Wharf every half hour.
Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94133| Map
Phone: 415 362 0808
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am- 5:30 pm (Summer); Mon-Sun 9 am - 4:30 pm (Winter) More Info
Price: Adults(18-64):$7; Children(12-17): $5; Children(5-11): $2.00; Children(0-4): Free; Seniors(65+): $5 More Info