San Francisco, CA 94133
Coit Tower Description
Perched on top of Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower, a 210-foot-tall art deco structure that allows sweeping 360-degree views of the city. Dedicated by volunteer firefighter Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the tower is believed by many to be shaped like a fire hose in tribute to the firefighters who braved the 1906 blazes. Aside from the stunning views, there is also a history museum inside. Afterward, walk down the Greenwich and Filbert Steps to quaint cottage-and-garden-dotted Filbert street, which is close to the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf.
Babies: If you plan on walking, skip the stroller and opt for a pack-carrier to more easily navigate steep streets and steps.
School-Age Kids: Take bird-lovers on quieter days when you may be able to hear the famous wild parrots of Telegraph Hill.
- Wear good shoes. The best way to get there is on foot through North Beach to Filbert Street, and the streets and steps up to the tower are quite steep.
- Take a ride. If the kids are too little or walking's not your thing, you can book a limousine tour to get you closer to the area with less hassle.
Just the Facts
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fees: $2-$5; free for children under 6