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San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour

San Diego, United States
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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Fans of true crime won't want to miss this tour of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Your guide will take you through the area formerly known as Stingaree, telling you the back stories of some gruesome crimes that have taken place over the years, with a stop to visit a haunted hotel along the way.
  • Learn about the Gaslamp Quarter’s dark past
  • A local guide will show you around
  • Visit a historic haunted hotel
  • Group sizes capped at 25 travelers

What's Included

  • Guided Tour

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 614 Fifth Ave
      614 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

      Look for the detective outside the door marked 614, next to Henry's Pub. Please do not enter Henry's Pub unless you are dining there.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    • 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.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour?

    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour?

    A:The policy on sanitization is:
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

    Q:What is the social distancing policy during San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour?

    A:The policy on social distancing is:
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour?

    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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    146 reviews
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    Gallows Humor spiced with sex and depravity--a great experience
    Llew_G, Oct 2022
    It was a funny and gallows humor tour of the Gaslight Quarter of San Diego. The guide was witty. He avoided the schlock of wearing some pseudo-period costume. I enjoyed it--we had some younger children, so we got the PG-13 tour and explanation of the ghoulish murders and depravity that constituted old San Diego. The guide was willing to explain in greater detail privately when asked.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Murder? Yes, please!
    Terra_H, Sep 2022
    Detective Drew was an awesome host through the sordid San Diego history, murder, and mayhem. He was knowledgeable and a great presenter. Easy walk through the Gaslamp district. Definitely worth it!!
    What you never knew you never knew about San Diego true crime…
    Veronica_L, Jul 2022
    Detective Drew was a great tour guide. From the pre-tour text providing his contact info, engaging greeting (so we didn’t have to ask people in the area, “Are you with the crime tour?” and get weird looks, lol), and invitation to use the facilities in the business where we gathered to the animated story-telling and knowledge of San Diego history and true crime. My suggestions for improvement would include upping the technology to add the option of personal headphone connections (wifi airbuds?) to his audio. The gaslamp quarter is a noisy place and it was difficult to hear everything he said. Ours was a small group of 6, but the advertisement noted groups of up to 25. I don’t think I would’ve heard everything in a group that large traipsing through downtown! Overall great experience. It piqued my interest in San Diego’s gruesome crime history and I would definitely recommend it to others.
    A great tour with lots of...
    Redmar_V, Jun 2022
    A great tour with lots of sinister facts of San Diego! The guide knew all the facts about the cases and could tell us allot about it.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Greatest tour guide ever !!
    Chris_A, Apr 2022
    Our tour guide was the sweetest lady ever ! She was very knowledgeable of San Diego and it’s history. Would definitely recommend going out of your comfort zone and trying something different ! Lots of historic monuments that are hidden in plan site !
    Our tour guide was great!...
    Briana_D, Feb 2022
    Our tour guide was great! It was very fun! The stories were great and I loved that we got to see the history with the stories.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Good time
    Karlene_D, Jan 2022
    Easy walk, tour guide was knowledgeable and a little funny! Learned a lot of interesting history about good old San Diego!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Awesome Tour
    Robert_T, Dec 2021
    Our guide was amazing bringing to life some great (and dark) history of San Diego. The tour was about an hour, but we could have easily gone longer. Highly recommend!
    Worth the price of admission!
    Melissa_H, Oct 2021
    Drew "Double D" was a fantastic tour guide. He has the right level of gore for the audience and empathy for the victims. He was very knowledgeable about true crime and San Diego. It was definitely a fun and worthwhile experience.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Quick history lesson on the Gaslamp district
    Marty_G, Oct 2021
    Our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. We have been to San Diego and stayed in the gaslamp district for years and did not know the history. Definitely worth checking out.
    A must
    David_B, Oct 2021
    Took my fiancé on this tour for her birthday. We did the 10pm which was nice and not crowded. We had a wonderland detective take us around informing us of the history and dark events of gaslamp. We live in San Diego and this was an eye opener for us. Very informative and fun. I would suggest this tour if visiting San Diego or if you’re a local
    Charity_S, Jul 2021
    So fun. Our guide was very funny and informed. Great way to learn about some interesting San Diego history and true crime.
    “Awesome Possum”
    Stone_M, Jul 2021
    Detective Drew was awesome! He told the history of the Gaslamp District with so much enthusiasm. It was cool to learn about some of San Diego’s history in this way. Highly recommend!!
    Interesting stories of San Diego past
    Nancy_D, May 2021
    Interesting and fun tour by Detective Drew (Double D). DD was very knowledgeable and entertaining as he painted a picture of the Wild West San Diego in his story telling. Forward him regards from the “IOOF Ladies”.
    Great Tour to kick off your trip
    Lynne_J, Mar 2021
    Our tour guide, Drew, is a delightful young man who really loves his job. He was so informative and excited to share the history of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
    The room 309 story
    Jamme_T, Nov 2020
    I loved the tour, it was very informative, I enjoyed the stories and the history I got to see and learn about.
    Wonderful Tour
    Lynda_L, Oct 2020
    Loved the tour. It was so informative. As a new resident of San Diego, I found it so interesting to learn about your beautiful city.
    Hidden ID
    Rob_D, Sep 2020
    Started off slow.. eventually picked up and got interesting. Tour guide was quite the character.. Good knowledge on history of San Diego..
    LaQuasha_H, Jun 2020
    We learned a lot about San Diego's history of the Gaslamp. Didn't realize how many murders and brothels were a part of San Diego's history. Along with the history of Balboa Park. We had a great your guide and he was very informative. We would recommend this tour.
    It was mine & my...
    Deanna_C, Nov 2022
    It was mine & my boyfriends first time on this tour & it was very fun & interesting to know all about the murders. Our tour guide was very nice and sweet!


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