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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Overview

Uncover the chilling history of San Diego on this Historical True Crime Tour. Walk through the Gaslamp Quarter as intriguing stories of true crime and eerie tales come to life, spanning various eras in the city's dark past.

👻 Join the Historical True Crime Tour for a 1-mile walk through San Diego's dark and haunting history

⏳ Travel through time as we delve into the notorious era of the Stingaree and uncover tales from the roaring 1920s

🕵️‍♀️ Our expert guides will share true crime stories, including a tragic gambler's demise, serial killer victims, and chilling encounters in the "dead zone"

🧟‍♂️ Prepare for a spine-tingling journey through San Diego's dark past, where history and true crime come alive on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter

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Year-Round,
Monday-Saturday 11:00am & 7:00pm
Sundays 1:00pm & 6:00pm

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: Must be 13 years old or older
  • Physical limitations: Participants need to be able to walk one mile

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: This is not an experience for children
  • Pets: This experience is not pet friendly
  • Individuals with disabilities: This tour is wheelchair accessible

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 1h30 minute tour
  • What’s included:
    • 1-mile guided walking tour
    • Food & drink NOT included
    • We do not enter any ships or buildings
  • Who will be present: Your party size can be as small as 1 person, however our tours require a minimum of 4 paid guests to run and have a maximum of 16 participants per tour. You will have a guide with you at all times.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservations
  • Photo/ video: You may take your own photos

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: Final weather decisions are made 2 hours before the event. The tour will run in light rain. In the case of a downpour we will give you the option to run in the rain or cancel. In heavy rain we will contact you 2 hours before the event to see what you would prefer. If you cancel, you will have the option to reschedule for a future date.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance
  • Parking: We recommend parking in the garage at 614 Market Street
    • Please note parking in the Gaslamp Quarter is limited and is not free! Be sure to arrive early enough to give yourself plenty of time to find parking or you may want to ride the Trolley. This event is downtown so you may want to check to see if there are other events going on that would require additional time for parking. Our tours start promptly at the designated start time and partner reserves the right to scalp your tickets if you don’t arrive on time.
  • What to wear: Good walking shoes
  • What to bring: Water bottle
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: No stops will be made on this tour, please use a facility before arriving.

Full description

Get ready for a spine-tingling adventure as you us for a captivating 1-mile Historical True Crime Tour of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the intriguing stories of history and true crime that have left a haunting mark on the city.

As you walk through the historic streets of downtown San Diego, our expert guides will lead you through the city's darkest chapters. Discover the notorious era of the Stingaree, a time of vice and sin that once consumed the Gaslamp Quarter. Unearth the tragic tale of a gambler's untimely demise at a historic hotel, with rumors of his ghost still lingering in the room.

The tour then takes a chilling turn back to the roaring 1920s, an era of murder, revenge, and slavery in San Diego. Hear the haunting story of the third victim of a notorious serial killer and uncover one of the most horrific crimes to ever occur in downtown San Diego.

To top it off, we'll guide you to the eerie "dead zone," where chilling moments and ghostly encounters have been reported over the years. This is a journey through history like no other, where the past comes to life through true crime stories that will send shivers down your spine.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked and all bookings are final.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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Michael Loucks

The San Diego Historic True Crime Tour was an enthralling and unique experience! The knowledgeable guide led us through the city's dark past with captivating storytelling, making the historical crimes come alive in a spine-chilling way.

Chris H.

As a true crime enthusiast, this tour was a dream come true! The well-planned itinerary covered infamous crime scenes and unsolved mysteries, and the engaging narration kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the entire journey.

Sharon Ward

I can't recommend the San Diego Historic True Crime Tour enough! The combination of history, mystery, and a dash of eerie ambiance made for an unforgettable evening. It's a must-do for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of San Diego's past.