1 Telegraph Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94133
North Beach/Telegraph Hill
Days and Hours Of Operation
3 and up
Built in 1933 by a bequest left by the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the tower was built to honor San Francisco's volunteer firemen who saved San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake. Lillie Hitchcock Coit was said to have been a big fan of firemen; there is even a story of her leaving a wedding party to chase after her favorite fire engine en route to a fire.
The 210-foot observation tower offers amazing panoramic views of the City and is accessible by an elevator. Inside the lobby of the tower are amazing murals. Painted in a similar style to the murals by the famous artist Diego Rivera, these murals were painted during the Depression by 25 artists as part of a WPA projet. While there is an elevator, Coit Tower is not really wheelchair accessible because of stairs around the base of the tower.
Adults $4.50, children 6–12 $2, seniors $3.50, children under 6 are FREE.
The tower is wheelchair-accessible via the south entrance. There is a bell to alert the trinket shop operator to open the door.
Getting ThereFrom North Beach, go east on Lombard Street to Kearny, follow the signs to the top of the hill. Parking can be pretty difficult at peak times, so consider walking up (take Filbert steps or the Greenwich steps) or taking the #39 bus from Washington Square Park or Fisherman's Wharf.
*While you are there, take advantage of the opportunity to explore a couple of North Beach's grand stairways...both the Filbert steps and the Greenwich steps. They offer great views, peeks into some amazing gardens, and possibly an opportunity to see some of the famous wild parrots of Telegraph Hill.
*An audio tour is available for an extra charge.