5 Most Haunted Sites in San Fransico

5 Most Haunted sites in San Francisco to find ghosts

Looking to get started in a thrilling new hobby that allows you to explore interesting, spooky places in San Fransico? Ghost hunting is a great way to get together with friends, learn about science and spirituality and perhaps encounter something that may challenge your conceptions about reality itself.  Here we list some tips to get you started

  • Identify an area with a lot of history and orient yourself with it during the day, and please do not trespass. We list the most promising sites below
  • Bring your ID, plenty of water and the right equipment (and plenty of Batteries)
  • Go with an open mind, you may not experience an encounter on your first trip, but you can maximize your odds by properly using the equipment and staying alert

What To bring: 

Check out our reviews for ghost hunting equipment that fits the hobbyist’s budget. They are all available on Amazon and will be at your doorstep in no time. We have listed the essentials in a table down below. Note: We do not sell our own equipment, so we are an unbiased review source.

If you want to learn more about ghost hunting equipment, read our articles on Spirit BoxesEMF Detectors and EVPs.

Equipment TypeRecommendationReviewPrice
Review for HD IR Camera
Review For the KII EMF Meter Here
EVPOlympus EVP Review Here

But onto the main event! We recommend the following 5 sites for first time ghost hunters.

  1. Alcatraz –   This, of course, had to be number 1. Over the years, People have reported voices, footsteps, and the sound of cell doors opening and closing, especially at night. Visitors have reported feeling “cold spots” throughout the building, mainly in the Dining Hall. With such a violent history, Alcatraz is one of the most haunted sites in the country.
  2. Ocean Beach Sutro Bath- The baths burned down in the 1960s and due to the severe damage, it was closed for good. The ruins still open and you can make a trip out there by night.   You want to check out the tunnel of the Sutro Baths as its said to be haunted. If you visit at night and light a candle in the tunnel, a ghostly image will take it away and throw it in the water. best of luck.
  3. Presidio – One of the most haunted places in SF was this former military hospital. Its now the location of the Letterman Digital Arts Center. For years, visitors and employees have reported ghostly figures in the Presidio National Park Service Visitor’s Center. Many have reported seeing Army men knocking on doors of empty rooms, so make sure you have your EVP handy. Others have reported seeing guards still on duty. And just in case you think that’s not spooky enough, it was an old Native American burial ground.
  4. San Francisco Art Institute – Another former cemetery, The tower of the building is said to be very haunted. Students and visitors have reported many chilling encounters. They hear screams or footsteps when no one else is around. They also see ghostly images at times. During the renovation of the tower, workers reported several encounters with what seemed like “frustrated ghosts.”
  5.  Stow Lake –  This serene park has a dark history, if legend is to be believed.  A pregnant girl is said to have killed herself here, and she haunts this park and searches in vain for her baby. Perhaps her baby moved on, leaving her in its wake.

So get your ghost hunting camcorder out, round up your friends and head out into the city for a spooky adventure you will never forget.