3 Ghost Tours You Haven't Missed Yet

3 Ghost Tours You Haven't Missed Yet

I genuinely love ghost tours. Cheesy as they may be (and oh, are they cheesy), they're also hilariously entertaining and a great way to learn a city's history without getting on those dodgy double-decker buses. (I notice those never come into my neighborhood. I wonder why..) Here are three ghost tours that don't limit themselves to Halloweentime:

1. Chinatown Walking Ghost Tour--If you've got little ones in tow, this tour's the one for you. It's not super long--about ninety minutes--and, frankly, not that hair-raising. However, it's a fabulous way to learn the ins and outs of Chinatown's semi-seedy history without falling prey to some tempting knockoff purses. Plus, free fortune cookie samples at the end. What could go wrong?

2. San Francisco Ghost Hunt--This one's definitely a little scarier than the Chinatown one, but still okay for kids (if they're old enough to read Goosebumps books, that is). Jim, a bearded expert on the history of the city, will take you all around some of the city's oldest buildings--including the Queen Anne!--in a quest for some real-life hauntings. It's not too pricey, and you'll walk away feeling just a shade shakier. But, you know, in a good way.

3. Haunted Haight Walking Tour--This is the most home-grown of the tour, but it's also arguably one of the most interesting. If you're a history nerd, the ambles around the old residences of Janis Joplin and JIm Jones and the tales of how amusement parks and hippie communes dominated the now-chic neighborhood are enthralling. Also, my tired calves were very appreciative--zero hills!

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