The former Spanish Mission-turned large city of San Antonio in Texas has a turbulent past, which may have left some unfinished business for former residents. Take a ghost tour there to learn more.
In the early 18th century, Spanish colonials founded the outpost of San Antonio in order to claim the land for the Spanish crown, depriving the Native Payaya of it. This began a phase of upheaval that saw the spread of Catholicism to the area, followed later by battles between Mexico and the United States that saw the city slip into English-speaking control in what is today known as Texas. To some, it’ll come as no surprise then, that paranormal activity around the Old Town is rife. Here are some excellent ghost tours that explore the area to discover more haunted stories.
San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour
Wait until after dark then head out onto the streets of San Antonio to investigate the eerie stories, unusual happenings and lots of things that go bump in the night. Your paranormal investigator-guide will share with you the reasons why the city has more than its fair share of ghouls and ghosts. During the two-hour walking tour, you’ll visit some of the most haunted spots in the Old Town. Suitable for children over the age of six. Daily departures. From $21 per person.
San Antonio Haunted History Ghost Tour
Another popular walking tour of San Antonio is the haunted history ghost tour. Learn about the most notorious passages of Texan history and how they have resulted in adding spirits of the dearly departed to the city streets. Your guides will bring the past to the present as you explore the Old Town’s nooks and crannies. Quite fittingly, this tour begins and ends at the Alamo, a site of much bloodshed and a crucial piece of San Antonian history. From $22 per person.
Haunted Walking Ghost Tour of San Antonio
If you would like to learn more about the Battle of the Alamo and hear tales of the restless souls who were left in its wake, then this hour-long ghost tour is well worth a look. You will wander between at least eight different historic locations about the town, discovering the city’s darker history (the kind that doesn’t always make it into the museums) along the way. There’s an extended route available for this tour for an extra $5 per person, which adds 30 minutes and four more sights to the tour. From $22 per person.
The Haunted Ghost Bus
If all that walking and all that frightening sounds like a combo that will leave you light-headed, you might wish to consider the San Antonio ghost bus instead. This quirky vehicle, which seats up to 29 guests, is able to get out to some of the more far-flung haunted sites of the city that a walking tour cannot reach. You’ll hear about paranormal activity around Bexar County Jail and Menger Hotel, as well as the ghosts of a historic cemetery and much more during the 2.5-hour tour. From $44 per person.
San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour
An alternative way to move around old San Antonio without having to ramp up the step count is by Segway (which is a convenient vehicle on which to escape a ghost as well). Visit San Antonio’s most haunted locales to learn about a history filled with gun-totin’ types, as well as soldiers and Native American spirits from the local burial grounds. You’ll learn as much about Texan hospitality and culture as you will about its ghosts, gliding along the paths on your Segway during the two-hour tour. From $59 per person.