10 Haunted Spots in San Diego!

Find 10 haunted places in san diego!

San Diego has its share of haunted places. Some were born of tragedy or misfortune or discovered by psychics, while others are simply final resting places. So grab a camera, a few good friends and check out these spooky spots this Halloween!

Horton Grand Hotel
311 Island Ave., San Diego
www.hortongrand.com

Shortly after the hotel reopened in the Gaslamp Quarter in 1986, a psychic detected the ghost of Roger Whitaker, a gambler who was gunned down and left to die in an armoire in Room 309. Since then, guests have flocked to the hotel to verify ghostly claims of lights turning on and off, the sounds of a paranormal poker game, cold spots and even playing cards suddenly appearing. You can stroll through this historic and charming hotel, but to see Room 309 you’ll need to make a reservation.


Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado
www.hoteldel.com

In 1892, Kate Morgan checked into the oceanfront resort in Coronado under a fake name and was found dead a few days later from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Labeled in the local newspapers as the “beautiful stranger,” her identity remained a mystery for several weeks. Guests throughout the hotel have reported lights flashing on and off, books moving, linens being pulled back and footsteps heard above from top floor rooms. The hotel gift shop (Est. 1888) has the most reported paranormal activity and is easily accessible.

 
The Whaley House
2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town
www.whaleyhouse.org

After famed ghosthunter Hans Holzer held a séance here in 1965 and wrote about the experience in his book “Ghosts,” the Whaley House became the most famous haunted house in town. From the ghost of Yankee Jim (a horse thief who was hanged nearby), to the phantom of a little girl who supposedly died tragically in the house, and the apparition of a fox terrier named Dolly, there’s no shortage of specters reported here. Located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, The Whaley House offers tours daily and nightly with special ghost tours throughout October.

 
Villa Montezuma
1425 K St., San Diego
www.villamontezuma.org

Complete with gargoyles, this architectural masterpiece located in Sherman Heights was once the home of eccentric pianist and author Jesse Shepard. Shepard’s theatrical piano concerts for San Diego’s high society were described as “ethereal” and “otherworldly” in 1913, and it’s said that he dabbled in séances at the house. People have reported the sound of music being played, faces in the windows, and stained glass portraits that appear to have aged over time. Sadly, the house is closed to the public, but it is worth the drive to see this stunning Victorian mansion—especially at night.


Pioneer Park
1521 Washington Pl.
www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/regional/presidio/missionhills.shtml

In 1870, 10 acres of land were set aside for Calvary Cemetery in Mission Hills and became the final resting place for 1,650 souls. Over time, the cemetery fell into disrepair and the land was given to the City in 1968. The tombstones that were illegible were recycled—some moved to Mt. Hope Cemetery and others placed in a corner as a memorial. Trees were planted, playground equipment was installed and an elementary school was built next door. The graves themselves were never uprooted and still rest below this tranquil urban park, unnoticed and undisturbed. Ghostly lights are most commonly reported here.

 

Star of India
1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
www.sdmaritime.org

This floating museum was built in 1863 in England and delivered cargo to San Francisco, Australia and New Zealand before it became a salmon fishing vessel in Alaska. Eventually, the ship made its way to San Diego Harbor where it was restored in 1976. With such an international career, it’s no wonder that it picked up a few permanent inhabitants: an officer who committed suicide, a young boy who fell from the mast, and a Chinese fisherman who was crushed by the anchor chain are just a few of the ghostly presences associated with the vessel.

 

Other haunted places to check out include:

The old jail in the historic town of Julian where some prisoners were mysteriously found hanged in the trees outside. Strange phenomena have also been reported at the Julian Hotel.

El Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town was originally four times larger than what you see today. Part of the old cemetery now lies under the I-5 and surrounding sidewalks and streets of Old Town. Look for brass markers that indicate known gravesites.

Vallecito Stage Station in Anza-Borrego Desert is home to the Lady in White, a would-be bride who died at the stagecoach station and still roams the desert. A ghostly white horse is often seen near the campground as well.

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista has been inhabited by numerous residents since it was built in the mid-1800s, and some say that its early residents never left. The San Diego Paranormal Research Society offers paranormal investigations at the Adobe during the month of October.

 

------------------

Writer Gina Petrone lives in Lakeside.

 

 

Updated: September 2017

10 Tips for Tackling Comic-Con with Kids

10 Tips for Tackling Comic-Con with Kids

You’ve thought about it and have decided to take the kids downtown San Diego during Comic-Con. There are things you can do to help navigate crowds and maximize fun. Here are helpful hints on how to . . .

Read more

Family Things To Do Outside of Comic Con

Family Things To Do Outside of Comic Con

MORE EVENTS ADDED EVERY DAY! Even if you weren't able to get a badge to Comic-Con in San Diego this year, there's still plenty of fun events you can take part in outside of the convention center. O . . .

Read more

10 Simple Pleasures Your Children Will Love this Summer

10 Simple Pleasures Your Children Will Love this Summer

When I think back on my childhood summers, it’s the simple pleasures I remember most. Running barefoot in the grass. Romping with my dog in the backyard. Reading my favorite book in a shady spot u . . .

Read more

San Diego Family's Ultimate Summer SandBucket List

San Diego Family's Ultimate Summer SandBucket List

We San Diegans have it really rough—living in a top summer travel destination that others dream of visiting someday. One thing is sure: there is no shortage of fun things to do, especially when th . . .

Read more

Free Summer Concerts in San Diego

Free Summer Concerts in San Diego

San Diego’s Free Summer Concerts 2018 Outdoor concerts are a summertime tradition in San Diego. With so many throughout the county to choose from, you can take a picnic and dance the night away a . . .

Read more

10 Things to Do With Kids During the Summer

10 Things to Do With Kids During the Summer

Take a Trip to the Farmers' Market. Farmers' markets are surprisingly family-friendly, offering great stimulation for children.  They present a unique learning environment where kids experience . . .

Read more

9 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice

9 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice

In San Diego, June 21 marks the longest day of the year and heralds the start of the beloved summer season: summer solstice. The summer solstice presents another opportunity for families to celebrat . . .

Read more

How to Stay Connected with Grandparents Who Live Far Away

How to Stay Connected with Grandparents Who Live Far Away

National Grandparents Day (in September) is a day set aside to remember the wonderful love our parents show our kids. Those who live far from their children’s grandparents know that maintaining a . . .

Read more

San Diego Summer Fun Activities From A to Z

San Diego Summer Fun Activities From A to Z

If you’re a working parent, summer may bring a certain amount of anxiety, knowing that you have to work all day while your kids are out of school. You might ask yourself, “What can we do together . . .

Read more

How to Make a Heart Braid for your Daughter

How to Make a Heart Braid for your Daughter

Send your daughter to school with this fun heart braid. She'll look adorable on Valentine's Day—or any day of the year. What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb Fine-tooth comb Hair clip Ponytai . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!