Death, Tragedy, and What Lies Beyond
San Antonio is known for its diverse cultural scene, delicious food, and vibrant nightlife. The history of this great city goes all the way back to 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico. As a hotbed of paranormal phenomenon, the city cannot be matched for its countless stories of strange and unpleasant happenings. The buildings of historic downtown are shrouded by a darkness that is representative of the city’s overall energy. In this city, you will encounter an eclectic mix of the historic and the modern, the old and the youthful, the beautiful and the disturbing. Find out the real history of this major city – the history they never taught you in school – and what lies at the heart of San Antonio’s foundations. Secrets will be revealed. The darkness will be brought to light. During this tour’s journey through history, you will come to understand the shocking truth about San Antonio’s past and that what lies beyond this physical world is not always pleasant.
Why is San Antonio So Haunted?
The history of San Antonio is also the history of the founding of the state of Texas. At the Battle of the Alamo, the Texas Defenders were a rag-tag group of outlaws, rebels, and pioneers who sought out the wild frontiers of Texas to make a life for themselves. They had no other options. This led to a fierce determination to stand up against the Mexican Army as led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, even though they knew they were out. The result was one of the bloodiest battles in Texas history and one of the key events in the history of the nation.
To describe much of downtown San Antonio as a grave site is not too far from the truth of the matter. The dead rest underfoot in many areas of the city – pioneering men, women, and children whose presence can still be felt, especially late at night when the city is fast asleep. Unexplained sounds are heard in the basements and hallways of old hotels. Orbs of light and other spectral visions are sighted by visitors. Voices of the dead echo through the dark, empty halls of museums and old buildings. San Antonio has another kind of nightlife, one that not everyone is brave enough to investigate.
But you are brave enough…
The San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour takes you through historic downtown San Antonio to 8-12 different locations around the Old Town area. Our tours are designed to give you a glimpse of the dark underbelly of San Antonio history, each haunted location ratcheting up the tension of the tour. Your experienced tour guide will meet you at the corner of Crockett St. and N. St. Mary’s St. by the staircase to the Riverwalk at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Arrive early! The Standard Tour route takes an hour to complete. You will see several key historic locations and properties around downtown San Antonio and the Old Town area. If you select the Extended Tour route, you will get an additional 30 minutes of blood-curdling stories to fuel your imaginations and your nightmares.
Learn about San Antonio history in a way that you simply cannot get from any history book or tour. The San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour walking route will allow you to see a side of San Antonio that few locals – let alone tourists – get exposed to. You will get your fill of local history and culture while also taking in the ghostly atmosphere of one of the most haunted cities in the United States. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to San Antonio as well as seasoned locals.
The San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour is a family-friendly attraction and is suitable for all ages. Bring your entire family, friends, or significant other for a fun and spooky night out on the town. For only $19 per person, our tours guarantee a fascinating (and terrifying) exploration of the Alamo City! Tours tend to fill up quickly, so make sure to reserve your spot early through our website or call us directly at (619) 913-7419.
The San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour meets at the corner of Crockett St. and N. St. Mary’s St. by the staircase to the Riverwalk. Tours are held rain or shine. Note that tours do not enter the buildings and are not permitted to meet inside buildings. You are more than welcome to return to any interesting public locations on your own after the tour has ended.
Standard Tour route is 1 mile in length.
Extended Tour route (optional) is ½ mile in length.
Depending on walking pace, the Standard Tour route should take approximately one hour to complete. Tour groups should allot an extra 30 minutes to complete the Extended Tour route.
The Standard Tour starts at 8 pm. Please arrive at the designated meeting location fifteen minutes before the start of the tour to ensure that you have plenty of time to find parking in downtown San Antonio. Tours are held regardless of weather conditions (unless severe storms are forecasted).
Tickets for the San Antonio Old Town Ghost Tour must be purchased in advance. Click here to purchase tickets. You will not need to bring your ticket or mobile pass with you once you have reserved your spot online. Just be sure to bring your photo ID, your walking shoes, and a sense of adventure!
Adult tickets are $19; children under 12 are $12; and children under 6 are free. The Extended Tour costs an additional $5 per person.
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You must attend the tour for the date and time that you purchased it. Ghost tours are held rain or shine. You may reschedule your tour with prior approval, subject to a rescheduling fee.
Free and paid parking are available at nearby lots. Please check your time and meeting location in advance so that you have plenty of time to arrive at the meeting location. We recommend arriving at least fifteen minutes early to ensure that you are not late.