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San Francisco

Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery

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Experience San Francisco’s haunted history on this after-dark walking tour. Your guide leads you down frightening alleys and through mysterious downtown landmarks while telling stories about the infamous crimes that shaped the City by the Bay. This themed history excursion is perfect for anyone over the age of 10 who appreciates an unusual experience and relishes seeing a beloved city in a darker, more unsettling light.
  • Walk San Francisco’s haunted streets on a nighttime tour
  • Hear stories of the Tenderloin’s horrifying past under the cover of dark
  • Visit some of downtown’s spookiest sites while a guide shares their history
  • See a revered American city from a new and unnerving perspective
What to Expect
Meet your guide in Union Square to begin your spooky tour of San Francisco’s downtown and Tenderloin neighborhoods. Then, prepare to get swept up in the horror as your guide tells unnerving tales of unsolved murders, paranormal activity, notorious criminals, shady brothels and brazen assassins. You’ll walk to the famed St. Francis Hotel, where legendary figures from Hollywood and politics stayed and sometimes died under mysterious circumstances. Learn how the gritty Tenderloin got its name and visit the site of a dramatic suicide that cast a long shadow over downtown. As the tour circles back to Powell Street and the haunted Union Square Hotel, you’ll visit the Curran Theater murder site, see where the Zodiac Killer found his final victim, and stop at the location where Tessie Wall ran her ill-famed brothel. You'll never see San Francisco the same way.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
1h 15m
Return Details
SFMTA Ellis-O'Farrell Parking Garage, 123 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children age 10 and under
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Our guide told us many stories of history, deaths, murders and ghostly sightings. She told her stories in an entertaining way that kept your interest. Even though our group had 16 people she always gathered us around before speaking so we all could hear. A fun way to see some
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Response from WesLeslie, Owner at Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for the review, and glad to hear you enjoyed Lisa's tour!
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I could listen to Rainey tell stories for days! He was magnetic, personable and fun to be around. The stories were great and it was very cool to be in the spots where they took place. Highly recommend!
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Response from WesLeslie, Owner at Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
Responded 5 days ago
Great, thank you Julia! We love Rainey (and his drag queen alter ego Mary Vice) too!
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We went to the 7:30 tour, yesterday with Lisa and it was such a good experience! We learned more about San Francisco and just the way she told the stories, it was fun and interactive! 10/10 recommend.
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Response from WesLeslie, Owner at Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
Responded 5 days ago
Great, we appreciate you joining our ghost tour :)
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Enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very enthusiastic, personable and knew his information. Enjoyable -not exactly as spooky as I expected but still fun.
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Response from WesLeslie, Manager at Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
Responded 5 days ago
Thanks for the review--indeed, this isn't the scariest tour in town (for real chills and more of a creep-factor, our Paranormal Investigation is deeply unsettling!).
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Mary was informative, engaging and funny. A nice way to spend an evening on foot and learn a little more about San Fransisco’s spooky history.
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Response from WesLeslie, Owner at Haunted SF: Ghosts, Murder and Mystery
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for joining Mary's tour!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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