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Coit Tower

Coit Tower
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments, City Parks & Gardens
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Architecture, Outdoors, Photography, History, Art
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Price: $0-$5
It is free to visit the murals on the main level of the tower, but it costs to ride the elevator up to the top.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Assistance Available: Elevator
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks
Restrooms: Available
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Coit Tower

Firehose Tower with a Great View

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1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94133


Although many people believe that Coit Tower, built by Arthur Brown Jr. and Henry Howard in 1933, looks like the end of a fire hose, that wasn't the original intention, but it is appropriate. The art deco building that stretches 210 feet into the air, was a gift to the city from Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an heiress and volunteer firefighter in the early 1900s. Coit was in love with the city and was also passionate about firefighting, so she donated over half of her estate to the city's beautification project that was taking place at the time of her death. It just happens to be a fitting coincidence that the tower ended up resembling something so dear to her heart.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-5pm, daily
Visit Time: 1hr-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: It is free to visit the murals on the main level of the tower, but it costs to ride the elevator up to the top.
Payment Types: Cash Only


Outdoor with some covering. Notes: The murals are inside on the first floor. The area outside has no coverage. At the top of the tower, the view is open to the weather.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 39
Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Taxi Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: Free
Notes: There are 30-minute parking spaces at the tour site, but the parking here is limited.

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