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Quick Info

  • This is For Those: Into Entertaining History both Accurate and Real. Light Comedy and Truth.
  • Tour Options: We have historic tours in San Diego’s Old Town & Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Unique Experiences: Each tour provides in-depth historical insights, led by expert costumed guides.
  • Support Local: SD company operating for 16 years. We care and get it right.
  • Educational and Entertaining: Designed to be both informative and engaging for all ages.
  • Special Events: Options for private tours and special group events. Just Reach Out. 619.255.6170


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Welcome, curious souls, to the enchanting world of San Diego History Tours. Prepare to embark on a journey through time, as we unveil the captivating stories that have shaped the vibrant tapestry of our beloved city.

Step back into the annals of history, where San Diego was once a presidio, a fortified military settlement. It was a land that witnessed the ebb and flow of Spanish, Mexican, and American influences. As we traverse the streets of Old Town, you will witness the remnants of this rich and colorful past.

Our dedicated costumed guides, your humble hosts, will regale you with genuine and well-researched tales that transport you to a bygone era. Be prepared for a delightful blend of education and entertainment, where intriguing anecdotes and the occasional quirky joke await your eager ears.

San Diego History Tours is committed to providing an enlightening and enjoyable experience, where the love for knowledge and appreciation of our city’s rich culture and history converge. Our goal is to ensure that you not only witness history but also forge a personal connection with the stories and characters that have left their mark on these hallowed grounds.

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Prepare yourselves for an adventure through the shadowed streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, where history and mystery intertwine.

Once upon a time, in the wild west days of yore, the Gaslamp was a haven of saloons, gambling halls, opium dens, and brothels. Oh, the tales we have to share! Join us as we transport you to an era long past, filled with secrets and scandals.

On our tour, you’ll discover the haunts of Wyatt Earp, that infamous gambler and gunslinger. We’ll reveal the secrets of the glass marble exchange and take you to a German spy hideout. Brace yourselves for the tales of the downtown Stingaree raids and the Death Museum of the past, lurking in a likely location, plus many more.

Join our Gaslamp Walking Tour, where the past comes alive and history whispers in every cobblestone. Be entertained, enlightened, and immersed in the darker side of San Diego’s history.

Book your journey with us today, if you dare. Remember, the Gaslamp holds secrets that only the bravest can uncover.

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About Us

Welcome to San Diego History Tours!

As a local, mom and pop tour company, we pour our hearts and souls into every tour, ensuring a genuine and unforgettable experience. We specialize in San Diego, ensuring the accuracy of our historical tales. Support local, support small, and join us on an adventure that will leave you yearning for more. Don’t be fooled by all of our out of town competitors and their “tales”.

Since 2006, Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours has been conjuring spine-chilling experiences that send shivers down the bravest of spines. We are the pinnacle of haunted tours in San Diego, with glowing reviews that make our souls soar. Join us, if you dare, as we unveil the ghostly secrets and history that lurk in the shadows.

But fear not, dear souls, for our story does not end there. In 2022, we embarked upon a new adventure, birthing San Diego History Tours. With a passion for our city’s captivating past, we strive to illuminate the historical tapestry that weaves through the streets of San Diego. Join us on a journey that will educate, entertain, and leave you in awe.

Please join us on one of our experiences, satisfaction is guaranteed.

All Our Offerings

Old Town History

Captivating, Immersive, Authentic.
$ 25
Per Person. Available Only Here
  • True Storytelling. Historical Landmarks
  • Local Heritage Experts
  • 90 Minutes. 1.5 Walked
  • Step Back in Time
  • Costumed Boss Hosts
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Gaslamp History

Lively & Notorious
$ 25
Per Person Priced Here.
  • Historian Verified Community Folklore
  • Dark & Light History
  • 2 Hours. 1.5 Walked
  • Architectural Beauty
  • Costumed Boss Hosts
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Ghost Bus Meet Old town

Visit Old Town, Sherman Heights & Gaslamp
$ 48
Per Person. Discounted On Our Sites
  • #1 Highest Reviews on Fbook, Yelp, Google & TA All Real
  • 5 Locations & You Enter 4
  • 2 Hours. Get Out At Each Location
  • Our Coffin on Wheels
  • Costumed Boss Hosts
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Haunted Gaslamp Walking

20+ Locations Downtown. Enter 2.
$ 35
Per Person. Pay More Other Places.
  • Fast Paced in SD's Party Central
  • 4.9 Stars on Google, Yelp & TA
  • 2 Hours. 2 Miles Walked.
  • Ghosts, Brothels, Serial Killers
  • Costumed Boss Hosts
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Haunted Old Town Walking

Exclusive Touring Access of Heritage Park
$ 35
Per Person. More Expensive Elsewhere.
  • History. Paranormal Investigation.
  • 4.5 - 4.7 On Google & Yelp
  • 90 Minutes. Light Walking.
  • Ghost Stories.
  • Costumed Boss Hosts
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Paranormal Investigation

Investigation Event. Tool Use.
$ 41
Per Person. Available Only Here
  • Learn Tools and to Ghost Hunt Like on TV
  • Secret Event Not Public
  • 90 Minutes + Light Walks
  • Genuine Experiences
  • Para Investigator Led
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed


Old Town Historical Tour – A little less than 1 mile paced around 120 minutes. It’s an easy walk for all, and you’ll get standing breaks at each location.

San Diego Downtown Historic Tour – A little over 1.5 miles paced just under 2 hours. It’s an easy walk for all. A wheelchair would be more challenging and can be doable; call for more on that. You’ll get many breaks to hear stories as we stop at over 30 locations.

Wheelchairs and Walkers are a challenge going up and down the hill from Heritage – you will need a strong helper. Call for more on that if curious.

Please don’t bring food or drink on tour. If you stop during the tour to get a drink or food, you will be left behind; we must keep moving to fit it all in.

Please don’t smoke or vape during the tour as a courtesy to others. Deep gratitude.

If you enjoy the performance of your host, yes! It is customary to thank them however you see fit. Your host is a trained, experienced, and knowledgeable professional who puts a lot of effort and energy into your experience. Your generosity is always appreciated. It is how the host makes much of their income. Most people tip around $5-$10 per person, though anything is appreciated.

Yes. There are limited spots for each of our tours, and we often sell out well in advance. To ensure that you can join us, reservations and payment are required ahead of time. You can book online or over the phone. If you prefer to pay cash, your only option is to show up at the meeting location at least 20 min before the tour departure. If we have spots available, you can pay cash at that time. PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are highly recommended as empty spots are rare as the tour time approaches.

When you book online, you will get an email saying your spot(s) have been reserved. If the tour minimum has been met, your card will be charged, and you will get another email with details about the tour, where to meet, and so on. Please be at your meeting location 20 minutes before departure time. Enjoy the tour and have fun!

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Quick History

San Diego is a city with a rich history that spans more than 200 years. Located in southern California, San Diego was founded in 1769 by Spanish missionaries and has played a significant role in the development of the region. Here are some highlights of San Diego’s history:

The Kumeyaay people were the first inhabitants of the San Diego region, and their presence in the area dates back thousands of years.

In 1769, Spanish missionaries led by Father Junípero Serra established the first European settlement in the region, establishing Mission San Diego de Alcalá. The mission was the first of 21 missions that were established along the California coast by the Spanish.

San Diego became a Mexican territory in 1821 after Mexico gained independence from Spain. During this time, the city’s economy was based on agriculture and trade.

In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, American forces captured San Diego and it became a part of the United States.

San Diego grew rapidly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, becoming a major port and military center. The city was also a hub for aviation and defense industries during this time.

Today, San Diego is known for its beautiful beaches, diverse culture, and thriving tourism industry. It is also home to a number of important scientific and research institutions, including the University of California, San Diego and the Scripps Research Institute.