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San Diego Ghost Tour

Behind the palm trees and sunny weather lies a dark underworld full of ghosts, ghouls, and restless spirits. Join Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours as we explore the hidden haunts of San Diego!

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Why You Need to Take Our San Diego Ghost Tour

You’ll learn interesting facts about America’s Finest City while exploring the city’s most haunted hotspots. You’ll be accompanied by one of our knowledgeable tour guides, who are all bonafide locals who’ve had their own run-ins with the supernatural. Who knows? You might even see a ghost or two yourself! Our ghost tours are exciting, but most importantly, they’re authentic. We rely on actual history and reports of paranormal activity to get those juices flowing. There’s nobody in a spooky costume hiding around the corner looking for a cheap scare. Whether you’re a San Diego native or a tourist here to enjoy the weather, our haunted tours are an experience you won’t soon forget! So what are you waiting for? Book your San Diego ghost tour today!

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Five Stars

The tour was very informative. Fernando was very knowledgeable of the historical buildings in the gaslamp district

06.20.24
Jacob Gabriel
 

Five Stars

Dave was such an engaging and entertaining tour guide! I love history but don’t much believe in ghosts or haunting though my friend does, and there ...

06.19.24
Emilee Mullen
 

Five Stars

So much fun! The tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable, and a great story teller!! Would recommend!!!

06.13.24
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Tickets Start At $26

SAN DIEGO GHOSTS: GASLAMP HAUNTED TOUR

Join us as we explore beyond the tourist attractions of San Diego, and experience the hauntings and horrors that lie beneath the charming exterior of the City of the West.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Outside the Balboa Theatre in Horton Plaza Park, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Tour TimeTour Times: 8PM

Tour LengthTour Length: 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Tickets Start At $22

OLD CALI AND THE WAR FOR THE WEST: GASLAMP DISTRICT EXPERIENCE

Join us to explore the eclectic heartbeat of San Diego and the colorful way of life it enjoyed before it rebranded itself as America’s Finest City.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: 199 5th Avenue, San Diego CA

Tour TimeTour Times: 11AM

Tour LengthTour Length: 2 hours

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Why is San Diego So Haunted?

 

San Diego is one of America’s oldest settlements, dating back to the 1500s. The Kumeyaay peoples lived in the area for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Europeans. Their villages would become the backbone of the future settlement of San Diego, laying the foundation for the historic district of Old Town. The Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans all fought for control of the city, and the spirits of the early settlers still roam the sun-washed streets to this day.

The Spaniards first arrived from Baja, California, looking to convert local Indigenous tribes to Catholicism. But the Kumeyaay fought back, forcing the Spanish to relocate several times. After the Mexican Revolution, San Diego became part of the territory of Alta California. Still, tensions with the Natives forced many Mexicans to leave.

America began eyeing California, and after the Mexican-American War, Mexico attempted to keep San Diego but was forced to hand it over to the US. The city later became a flashpoint for the labor movement as strikers faced intense violence and litigation from anti-union forces.

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Today, San Diego is a sunny seaside paradise, known for its lovely weather and affluent residents. But the city has a dark side, where ghosts and spirits rule San Diego’s afterlife. The Whaley House is the creepiest haunted house in town, having been the scene of a bloody suicide many years ago.

And if you’re looking for a place to stay, the Horton Grand or the Cosmopolitan Hotel might have a few vacancies, but you’ll be sleeping alongside some spooky spirits.

Or maybe graveyards are your thing? If so, take a stroll through the Julian Cemetery, which is known for all sorts of supernatural events. San Diego is more than a pretty beachside town. There’s plenty of haunts to keep you on your toes. So book your San Diego ghost tour with Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours today!

Why should you tour with us?

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You’ve already hit the beach

It’s true: San Diego is known for its sun-kissed beaches, which is exactly why it’s such a sought-after vacation destination. But after splashing around in the ocean and burying your feet in the sand, you may be ready to switch things up. Join Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours on a curated one-hour tour around downtown San Diego, and experience a different side of the city that only few know.

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You want to experience the otherworldly side of San Diego

Do you want to travel like a local, but still want to visit the top sites San Diego has to offer? Look no further than a San Diego ghost tour with Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours. Hear the chilling tales that have been passed down by San Diego locals for generations, and make one-of-a-kind memories you and your family will never forget.

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You’re tired of watching Netflix

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the world of streaming, but don’t you want to experience the bone-chilling sights and sounds of San Diego’s most haunted destinations for yourself? Log off of Netflix and set down the TV remote to see some of Southern California's most terrifying locales in-person with a San Diego ghost tour from Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours.

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You're a history buff

San Diego has a lot to offer in the way of history. From the centuries-old pueblas of Old Town to the brick-paved sidewalks of the Gaslamp, this city is oozing with years’ worth of fascinating tales and legends. But do you know about the lesser-known side of San Diego history? Join our San Diego ghost tour and learn all about prominent historical figures and haunted hotspots of the city.

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You want to dive deep into San Diego's Naval history

You’ve already explored the USS Midway, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Point Loma, and have even snapped a picture next to the iconic “kissing sailor” statue. So what’s next? Expand your knowledge and understanding of Navy culture by diving into the strange and inexplicable with a tour from a San Diego ghost tour with Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours!

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You and your friends want a spooky outing

It’s not difficult to find a good scare in San Diego. If you and your party are looking to explore the city after the sun goes down, follow us on a curated ghost tour around the historic Gaslamp Quarter and prepare to hear hair-raising stories about San Diego’s tormented past. Explore a cursed side of this SoCal metropolis, and hear authentic accounts of past and present-day hauntings.

FAQs

Parking and Meeting Place

Please see your booking details for meeting location. There are neighboring parking garages and street parking that are available in the area.

Group Size

Group size varies based on time of year and demand. We can keep everyone in your party in the same group. We’ve been doing this for years, and manage group size to ensure guests have a great experience. In the event you can’t hear your tour guide, let them know, or move closer to them.

Dog/Pet Policy

Pets are welcome as long as they do not disrupt ot distract from the tour

Arrival Time

The arrival time will be listed on your confirmation email and in the available tour times when you click the book button

How To Contact Us

Please do not call us, the best way to reach us is by email using the contact form on this website

What Is An Extended Tour?

An extended tour takes you to a few additional locations when the regular tour ends. This adds about four new places and 30 minutes to your tour- highly recommended

How Do I Order An Extended Tour?

Book a tour and check the +1 box for each person in your group where it says “Extended Tour” at checkout to add an extended Ghost tour.

How Do I Order a Private Tour?

Please contact us directly for pricing and availability. We do not do private tours under 30 persons. If you have a group under 30, please order directly from the website’s book now option.

Weather/Cancellation Policy

Tours are held rain or shine. We will contact you if the tour is cancelled.

Can I Show Up To a Different Tour Day and Time?

Please only attend the tour for the day and time you are booked, as another day or time may not be available. If you need to reschedule, please contact us by email first. There is a $10 per order (not person) rebooking fee for each schedule change.

What If I'm Late?

As it is unfair to other guests, we do not wait for late or no show parties. Please remember to arrive to the correct location on time! We do not grant refunds to guests who fail to arrive to the appointed place on time and miss their tour.

Do Ghost Tours Go Inside Buildings?

No, but some of the locations you can visit during the day for free. We simply wouldn’t have the time to focus on as many stories as we do if we were to enter each one, and we wish to focus on the stories, and leave the exploring up to you!

When Should I Arrive?

15 minutes before the start of your tour

Do You Offer Food?

No.

Do We Ride in a Vehicle?

No, this is a walking tour.

Is Your Tour Wheelchair/Stroller Friendly?

Most of the tour is not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Can I Take Photos?

Yes, you are welcome to take photos of the locations we visit!

Can I Take Video?

No, videos are not allowed

Can I Smoke On Tour?

No, there is no smoking allowed on the tour

Alcohol and Drinking Policy

We do not allow intoxicated guests or drinking on the tour- we will promptly ask those in violation to leave

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Lizzie Borden Ghost Tours

America’s most infamously haunted house delivers the most terrifying scares from all across the nation. We’ve compiled an extensive list of notoriously haunted locations and packaged them into spooky, entertaining tours available throughout the nation. Discover the true, unfiltered stories that created these hair-raising scares in only the unique and engaging way our expert guides can bring them to you. From the ghosts of unsolved murders and tragic accidents to disturbed spirits unable to find peace, there’s no limit to what we expose on our authentic ghost tours. Join us as we take you on an unforgettable, chilling journey through your city’s dark past and uncover the sinister secrets that put these places on the otherworldly map.

The Lizzie Borden House is home to the infamous murders that captivated the nation and made Lizzie Borden a macabre household name. Guests can explore the house via a variety of tours and, for those brave enough, stay in this notoriously haunted home. We aim to provide you with a memorable experience as well as deliver the best ghost tours, haunted pub crawls, and a variety of other experiences in over 100 cities.

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Haunted Oak Grove Cemetery

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All cemeteries have some haunting, and there's no exception for the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts.  This cemetery, however, has good reason to be haunted.  And haunted, it most certainly is. History of Oak Grove Cemete ... Read More

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft Mansion

Lizzie Borden's Maplecroft Mansion was home to the alleged axe murderer for nearly 35 years after being acquitted for murdering her parents. It's believed that her spirit hangs on in her beloved home, as well as the home she lived across town whe ... Read More

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