San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour

33 Reviews | San Diego, USA

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Join Murder n’ Mayhem for a Historical True Crime Tour of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. You will walk through several eras in time as you explore interesting stories of true crime. You will also learn the darker history of the Gaslamp Quarter, the area formerly known as the Stingaree.

Learn about how downtown San Diego first came to be and then the era of the Stingaree. You will visit a historic hotel where a ghost is said to STILL haunt his room. Then you will travel in time to the roaring 1920’s. Next you will move forward a little over 10 years to become familiar with the 3rd victim of a San Diego Serial Killer. And last, we will share one of the most horrific crimes to take place in modern downtown San Diego.

* Please note due to the graphic nature of these murder cases we advise extreme caution for children under 13. This tour includes discussion of assault, rape and murder, along with gruesome details that some may find offensive.



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Average 4.70 out of 5 stars based on 33 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
AmyWalkerAhlers, Jan 2022 Verified
Fabulous guide really great story teller. Walk was brisk, apx 6,000 steps so be sure you can keep up.
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Karen_M, Dec 2021 Verified
Leila was a lot of fun and personable. She was very knowledgeable and engaging. We enjoyed learning about the history of the buildings and what had happened there!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Eliodora_C, Dec 2021 Verified
Wonderful evening tour with the family and our dog Raven. Leila packed a lot of good crime history into our 1 mile walk!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Beth_V, Dec 2021 Verified
Drew was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I very much enjoyed my tour. The stories were detailed, interesting and gruesome at times but thought provoking. I didn’t realized this beautiful city had such a shady past!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Robert_T, Dec 2021 Verified
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!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Josh M, Dec 2021 Verified
We toured with Olivia and had a blast! It was just myself, wife, and one other women so the tour group size was nice and small. It was the perfect amount of time and the stories were gruesome and informative. Olivia had perfect high energy and told the stories with excitement. We'd highly recommend this tour!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Ariana Z, Dec 2021 Verified
We had the lovely Layla (Leila?) as our tour guide for the walking true crime tour in the Gaslamp district. I'm normally not great with history, but Layla was so enthusiastic recounting the stories, I was totally engrossed.The stories ranged from way back when to some more recent stories. We ended up going 20-30 min over time due to one of the parties arriving late, but no one minded at all!Layla was very respectful, given that these folks in the stories were/are real people who experienced tragedies. Nothing was gratuitous or over the top.We had so much fun and would love to do this tour again! (Note: This is a true crime tour- attendees should expect upsetting and disturbing content. It goes without saying, this is NOT for kids. We had a woman in our tour have to excuse herself and break off from the group because she wasn't feeling well. Layla apologized, and stepped aside to check in with her to make sure she was OK. Afterwards, the tour resumed.)
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
David_E, Nov 2021 Verified
Tour guide pronounced my name right which is rare. She gave a Great tour and was very engaging. My gf loved her gift
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
kristingE8616HJ, Nov 2021 Verified
Our tour guide was AMAZING!! Strong, sassy, intelligent and quite funny woman lead us on an adventure throughout the Gaslamp district!! Highly recommend!!
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter Historic True Crime Tour
Tiana_V, Nov 2021 Verified
The tour guides were friendly, outgoing, funny, and entertaining. We had a lot of fun hearing the history of the city! Easy walking and only an hour long so it’s nice if you’re looking for something to do. And you’re already in gas lamp so you can eat and drink after the tour!

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