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San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour

San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour

Join the Hop-on Hop-Off Tour of Old Town San Diego at any of the tour's 12 boarding points and visit more than 100 interesting points in Coronado and San Diego at your own pace. You can begin at any time of the day and listen to the entertaining narration of the onboard conductors along the way. San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and as you explore the sights of Old Town and the scenic coastline you’ll see why. Opt to begin your tour at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, where you’ll see original adobe homes and artifacts from the earliest Mexican settlements. At the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, you’ll learn about the importance of the U.S. Navy's presence in San Diego. Then continue on to nearby Seaport Village, where you can stop for refreshments and enjoy shopping and entertainment. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll find loads of shops and other interesting places located in Victorian-themed buildings. One particular house of interest is the William Heath Davis House. Built-in saltbox style, it is similar to the original home of Davis, who founded New Town San Diego. When you’re back on the trolley you’ll be entertained once again by the conductor’s narration. Continue on to the well-known Hotel del Coronado, one of America’s leading resorts. You may choose to take a stroll through nearby Balboa Park, along El Prado, the promenade lined with Spanish-style buildings. With more stops than any other tour, this hop-on hop-off trolley ride is guaranteed to deliver. In addition to sightseeing, enjoy free shuttle service to and from select area hotels, a map and day planner, and $70 in discount coupons to use at restaurants and area attractions. Hop on or hop off at 12 convenient stops: A - Old Town State Historic Park (4010 Twiggs St & San Diego Ave.) B - Maritime Museum of San Diego/Star of India (1492 N Harbor Dr) C - San Diego Embarcadero (1004 N. Harbor Dr) D - Headquarters at Seaport Village (789 W Harbor Dr) E - Seaport Village (825 W Harbor Dr) F - Marriott Marquis & Marina (333 W Harbor Dr) G - Gaslamp Quarter (480 4th Ave) H - Petco Park/San Diego Convention Center (855 E Harbor Dr) I - Barrio Logan (1113 E.Cesar Chavez Pkwy) J - Coronado/Orange Avenue (1107 Orange Ave) K - Balboa Park and El Prado Museums (2175 Presidents Way) L - Little Italy (1605 India St)

San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

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

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: Haunted Ghost Tour by Bus

San Diego: Haunted Ghost Tour by Bus

Explore the dark side of San Diego, visiting the Whaley House, Davis-Horton House, Horton Grand Hotel, Villa Montezuma, and El Campo Santo Cemetery, on a haunted bus tour. Get ready for eerie encounters and chilling tales. Keep your camera ready to capture orbs and other paranormal phenomena. Travel in comfort aboard a coffin-like tour bus and be entertained by theatrically-trained storytellers who will keep you captivated with dramatic presentations and fascinating stories, all while providing the perfect blend of history, folklore, and comedy with a haunted twist. Follow your guides as they lead you through the city's sinister history, unraveling spine-tingling tales and revealing paranormal activity at 5 notorious sites. Combine light walking and bus transportation, disembarking at each location to see it up close. Go beyond the usual old town haunts to lesser-known, yet equally bone-chilling locations. Visit the mysterious mansion in Sherman Heights, where séance music still lingers in the air. Venture into the heart of Downtown's Gaslamp district and enter a haunted hotel. Next, visit a deadly hospital – a location that ghost hunters consider the most active paranormal site in the city. Uncover the stories of those who lived and died at these sites and learn about the spirits that are said to still haunt them today.

San Diego: Old Town Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

San Diego: Old Town Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the haunted side of Old Town 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.

Old Town History Tour - A Walk Through Time

Old Town History Tour - A Walk Through Time

Step into the vibrant past of Old Town with our engaging and enlightening walking tour. This tour offers a unique opportunity to journey through time and immerse yourself in the historical heart of the city. Experience the rich tapestry of our city's past as you discover significant landmarks, hear fascinating tales, and uncover hidden gems, all while having fun. The tour kicks off at the beautifully preserved Heritage Park. Admire the Victorian-era buildings, each with its own story to tell, that have been saved from condemnation. Each structure offers a glimpse into the life and times of San Diego's early days. We'll also usually go to seven locations within the park, each offering a different tale of the city's past. From there, we'll descend into the heart of Old Town. Experience the stories and secrets of the area's oldest golf course, a favorite spot of golf legends like Tiger Woods and Lorena Ochoa. Marvel at one of the city's most historic hotels, and hear the intriguing stories of its past patrons. Feel the history seeping from the old cemetery, where many of Old Town's earliest residents are buried. The tour wouldn't be complete without visiting the house of a Cherokee newspaper magnate who founded one of the city's prominent newspapers. We'll also explore a mansion where great celebrities of yesteryears like Anna Pavlova and Enrico Caruso once performed. Along the way, your knowledgeable and passionate guide will share insights, anecdotes, and little-known facts that bring history to life. The journey culminates with a visit to the houses of several notable early residents, including the famously haunted Whaley House. As the tour ends, you'll find yourself right in the center of Old Town, an ideal location to continue your exploration, grab a meal, or shop for unique souvenirs. Join us on this fascinating journey through Old Town, where history lives on every corner. Be prepared to step back in time, discover our city's intriguing past, and walk away with a deeper understanding of its historical foundation. This is not just a tour; it's an unforgettable, fun-filled historical adventure!

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What people are saying about Whaley House Museum

Overall rating

4.6
(323 reviews)

This gave a great overview of San Diego. The driver/guides were great! I was especially impressed with Barbie at the Coronado stop. She was very helpful and issued us with numbers to enable boarding the trolleys fairly. As a Brit I queue, but not everyone does!I thought this was a great idea!

Had a great time, awesome way to see lots of sights without trying to drive and park. We really enjoyed the day!!

Best parts were...Staff well run. Friendly, showed up on time. We versed in community and history.

Our guide, Jack, was the best. We were educated and delightfully entertained.

Great way to explore the city. Nice guides, lots of stops