Quarter day trip: The Campanile at UC Berkeley - 510 Families
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Quarter day trip: The Campanile at UC Berkeley


The iconic tower of the UC Berkeley campus is a kid-friendly adventure. Home to an observation platform that is accessed by a long elevator ride, followed by a hike up 38 stairs (not accessible to strollers or wheelchairs), the Campanile is open from 10 am to mid-afternoon every day. Would your kid like to see how tiny people on the ground look from 200 feet in the air? Mine did.

The bells gong every hour, so if that will be too scary, time your visit.

The ground floor houses the ticket booth. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card or Apple pay – no cash accepted.

  • General admission (18-64 years): $5
  • Seniors (65+ years): $4
  • Cal Alumni Association Members with ID: $4
  • Youth (3-17 years): $4
  • Youth (2 and under): Free
  • UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with Cal ID: Free

Check specific hours of the Campanile if you are trying to go after school or weekends. (Hours may change with little notice due to COVID concerns.)


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Grab a steamed milk or a coffee at the Free Speech Movement Cafe on your way in or out of the campus. (Don’t plan to find a table there — they are scarce.)

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12 thoughts on “Quarter day trip: The Campanile at UC Berkeley”

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  3. Rebecca at thisfineday

    I love taking the kids and our dog up to the campus to check it out and adventure around! (not that I’m grooming the girls for Cal or anything- ahem!) I always forget to actually go UP the Campanile. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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  7. This will be an interesting opportunity to learn and grow for what is an will be an amazing adventure through the Campus!

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