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San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

1. San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

While San Diego is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and abundance of points of interest, not many people know about the city's darker side. Discover San Diego's long history of unnerving deaths, mysterious occurrences, and ominous sides on a fun and informative guided tour. Travel back in time and hear about the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in San Diego. First, venture into the sleepy streets of the Mission Hills neighborhood, where Pioneer Park is transformed at night. Continue to Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and learning about the notorious past of this city full of gunslingers, gamblers, ladies of the night, and many more unsavory characters. Finally, the tour includes a tour of the grounds and exterior of the Whaley House, where many reported paranormal occurrences have taken place.

San Diego: Haunted Historic Whaley House - Self-Guided Tour

2. San Diego: Haunted Historic Whaley House - Self-Guided Tour

Travel back to 1800s San Diego as you explore the family home of Thomas Whaley on a self-guided tour. After a 5-minute introduction, walk through the Whaley House Museum at your own pace and ask the docent in each room any questions you may have. For those who have an affinity for the paranormal, San Diego’s famed Whaley House is widely regarded as the most haunted house in America. With its rich and dark past, spine-tingling cases of spiritual encounters, and inexplicable events, its haunted pedigree is second to none. Get a glimpse into the past at a house that’s been viewed as an integral part of Old Town San Diego since 1857. With more than a century in the making, the Whaley House Museum holds an impressive amount of San Diego heritage. Recognized as the oldest two-story brick-structure south of Monterey California, the Whaley House features magnificent Greek Revival architecture along with an unrivaled historical timeline encompassing San Diego’s second county courthouse, a lively theater, a charming general store, and a prominent family home.

San Diego: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

3. San Diego: Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the haunted side of San Diego, California, on this ghost-themed walking tour that’s entertaining for all ages. Learn about the history and hauntings of Old Town San Diego alongside a local guide. Begin your spooky adventure with an introduction to San Diego's haunted past from a guide who is an expert in San Diego’s history, hauntings, and ghosts. Then, head off to visit the Whaley House Museum and more of the most haunted locations in San Diego. By the end of the tour, you will have plenty of things to talk about with friends and family after learning all the scary insider stories of the city.

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What people are saying about Whaley House Museum

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4.3 / 5

based on 31 reviews

This was an awesome tour!! The guide was amazing with her story telling, she really held my attention, and even dressed in character!! I thought this tour was going to be scary but it was actually very informative about the history of San Diego!! I would definitely recommend this tour but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and be ready to walk a little.

We took a big group to do the ghost tour and everyone had a great time! We went in the evening so it would be dark and it made it fun without being scary! The history was presented in a very interesting and entertaining way. I highly recommend!

This tour is a spooky history lesson about the underworld in San Diego. We loved it. our guide "Amy" was fabulous and a hoot and a howl! We would recommend to anyone who enjoy's a bit of history mixed with a bit of spooky!!

We had the best time there. My best friend and I adore the paranormal and 10/10 would go again and can’t wait tol

We really enjoyed the spooky history on this tour and the guide was awesome!