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- 98%History Buffs
- 74%Local Culture
- 62%Spiritual Seekers
- 62%Adventure Travelers
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- Whaley HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodiesJul 08, 2014
This is a California Historical Landmark and was was called the most haunted house in America by Life magazine in 2005!
Although I didn't witness anything during my visit, in-person and in my photos, I recommend taking the nighttime tour where a staff member guides you from room to room as it's much more interesting to hear/see. $10 for adults and the tour lasts about 35 minutes.
The staff member that guided us has worked there for 8 years and was super informative and interactive. She encouraged us to take a ton of pictures and to peruse them later as you'll never know what you might capture, particularly with flash.
If you've never gone, go at least once to experience :) It was very fitting that when the tour ended (took the last one at 9:30 pm) we walked out the Whaley House door and into a foggy town.Recommended for:
- Whaley House AmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureStudentsBackpackersAdventure TravelersSep 14, 2013
The Whaley House is one of California's most famous haunts, and today you can tour the Old Town star in true museum-style. Listen to the guides in period costume tell you all about paranormal encounters and reported sightings - then see if you experience any of them. Personally, I swear I heard the family dog's footsteps trotting down the hall....but then I could just be over-imaginative.Recommended for:
- Whaley HouseJan 14, 2013
Truly haunting experience! If you have any psychic abilities or just believe in ghosts, then this house is a must see on any historical tour! Pictures don't lie and wow will you be shocked by what you see after you go home and look back at the photos. Awesome experience and 10+ on goosebump factor.Recommended for:
- Whaley HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
The Whaley House offers a great bit of San Diego history smack dab in the middle of Old Town San Diego.
The Whaley family lived here almost 150 years ago. But the legends of ghosts started in 1853, when "Yankee" Jim (Santiago) Robinson was hanged on this spot for stealing the only row boat in San Diego at the time. Pretty severe penalty for grand theft.
Thomas Whaley bought the land in 1855, built several structures and businesses here. The house was used as the first theater in San Diego, and was also temporarily used as a court house, which you can see on the tour.
Many have seen apparitions and ghosts here, including Regis Philbin. Maybe it wasn't a ghost, but Kathy Gifford looking for her husband Frank?
A lot of great period furniture, artifacts, historical facts, and legends here in this two story building. The staff is very friendly and nice.
You have to buy tickets next door ($6/adult) at the store before taking the tour. No food or drink are allowed insideRecommended for: