Final marker of Route 66 and dead end for the land of the living, Santa Monica Pier is the last stop for restless and forgotten souls.
Join Santa Monica Ghosts to bask in the madness and strange forgotten history of this beautiful beach town and uncover a 200-year-old history of terror.
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Bustling with madcap tales, daring romantic trysts, and bloody murder, Santa Monica is a town brimming with the restless dead. Find out why the world-famous pier boasts some of California’s most unbelievable hauntings and is home to many of the most haunted locations on the west coast.
With a seedy past where some of the silver screen’s biggest darlings made awful appearances and tarnished their names, Santa Monica hides a chronology thick with tragedy and wild passions that goes hand in hand with the US’ western expansion. The city was and in many ways still is a town of roughnecks, desperados, folks at the end of their rope. individuals with nothing left to lose who long ago sold their sold to their ambitions or their vanity.
With night something wicked stirs, something hungry has woken up in Santa Monica. Its presence is unnerving, intoxicating and dangerous. Come on a ghost tour tonight as we make contact and stare deep into the black abyss of its most bone-chilling places. Santa Monica, California is the last bastion of the dream of the west. By day its coastal downtown, fringed by sand, surf, and treats is an amusement park for tourists and locals. The emerald Pacific bay with its iconic carousel and aquarium that has become an icon of American lore and is a statement of the great fantasy this region sold. Behind every reverie there’s a cold reminder that the heart of this iconic west coast paradise has been tempered by bloodshed, fertilized by tragedy, and made sinister from the stains of so many tears.
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience into a town mired in ghosts and superstition with over 145 years of rich history. A troubled headline-worthy past has been shepherded by some of humanity’s biggest epics. From natives migration to tribal warfare to Conquistadors and pirates, all the way to the Wild West and the infection that was the Gold Rush, stopping briefly in the insanity of Hollywood’s heydays. Each of those milestones attracts ghostly visitors that make the living shudder in fright and dogs howl at shadows.
Hear authentic reports on some of its spirits. Of the ghost couple of Senator P. Jones and Arcadia Baker on the Pacific Wheel. Marvel at some of the famous specters that haunt this area. Specters like President Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, Chaplin, Clark Cables, and even Marilyn Monroe. Romance, controversy, conspiracy, and Hollywood intrigue all lie dormant in Santa Monica ready to jump at you from the shadows.
The Santa Monica Pier carousel, Ferris wheel, and neon sign are common hangouts for the other-worldly. The historic dive bar, Chez Jay, is haunted by its former owners — often heard sharing drinks and laughs with famous customers Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Alan Sheppard. And the Route 66: End of the Trail sign is a meaningful symbol for the recently deceased.
Santa Monica attracts the dead with the same magnetic pull it attracts the living. This was Los Angeles’ coastal playground. Where the likes of heartthrobs, senators, Presidents, Hollywood elite, and even sinister serial killers came to unwind. Palisade Park is where famous lovers conducted torrid affairs, away from the paparazzi. On the steps of the Santa Monica statue, John or Joe – depending on the account – would steal furtive kisses from Marilyn. Senator Jones would seal deals and pass bills on the Pacific Wheel’s carts. For years tourists have come to this area and for years, regardless of their moral state, they continue to come. Discover the haunted history and champagne romances that drench a city whose motto is Populus felix in urbe felice or “Happy people in a happy city”
Our Santa Monica Ghost Adventure is a spine-tingling experience — not for the faint at heart. A Haunting trip into the bowels of this placid beach community. One meant to unearth some of the crimes, calamities, and ghosts that haunt it. On this boardwalk, past the picturesque Ferris Wheel, behind the faint sugary smell of cotton candy, something ravenous watches. A presence spies on the unsuspecting from the shadows. On our tour, we will raise the dead, commune with the ghost, and hear the phantoms as they whisper their truths into our ears. We will recall the epic tales behind some of this nation’s biggest starlets and stars — their climb to fame, as well as their precipitous nosedive into infamy.
Come with our guides, as we travel the quaint streets, stand under colorful awnings draped in moonlight, and photograph kaleidoscopic theme park rides. As we stroll across these streets an expert narrator evokes stories long forgotten. You will hear, see, and experience something new — a sensory affair full of sights, noises, tastes, and smells. An emotional merry-go-round. Communicate with ghosts, phantoms, with the famous dead like Sinatra, Kennedy, and the blond bombshell.
Each stop has its own mystique. Each one brimming with the opportunity for something to make contact with you. An exclusive, singular, rare, and maddening experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Get ready to feel your skin crawl and, maybe, have a laugh.
Journey with us through Santa Monica’s haunted history — a past that lurks behind the region’s candy-colored mask. Book this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and be part of a growing community of investigators of the afterlife — Of ghost hunters.
If you’d like to walk the haunted promenade of Santa Monica and see this beachside community in a truly different light, book your tour with US Ghost Adventures today.
Experience the unexplained — many of our guests bear witness to the unknown. Become one of them tonight
* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *
The Ferris Wheel stands tall on every postcard. This iconic nine-story attraction is a legendary date destination. Not only for the living but also for the dead. Lovers who long ago shed their mortal coil can still be seen canoodling each other on its many carts. This is one of the most legendary and most heavily haunted stops in Santa Monica.
Did you know that the Santa Monica statue receives offerings during “Day of the Dead”? It’s one of the only ones in the whole state that is honored that way. Why? Local legend says the saint it depicts helps guide deceased loved ones into Heaven. The statue attracts the happy dead, ghosts willing to lend a hand, to guide you around, to get you out of a spot of trouble. Get the inside scoop on some of these specters.
Founded during the Prohibition Era, The Georgian was one of this region’s wildest speakeasies. It served the likes of Carole Lombard, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, and Clark Cable. They would rub elbows with senators, mobsters, and even crooked cops. Most still like to stop by for a drink or two, an Old-Fashion with a dash of ectoplasm.
Connect with the lifeblood of this sand community and bathe up some of the hidden histories. A quiet little hamlet where every shadow, where every stone has a tale to tell. Every spot hides a skeleton. Every stop smells of sin and perdition — of secrets its gatekeepers would rather not shed light on. Our tour is thoroughly researched and based on facts — from history books, recorded accounts of hauntings, and documented ghost sightings.
The human mind has a tangible effect on our surroundings — what we think, fear, and believe in resonates and leaves traces. Ghost tours create feedback loops. The spirit that lies in wait grows bolder and gains more trust to manifest with each tour group. The more you believe in something, the more likely it might appear.
Why pay for a ghost tour? The same reason you love to go into a darkened movie theater and see if the slasher gets their just reward. Because you’re a horror fan. You love to vault out of your seat at a jump scare. You enjoy a good Dutch-angle. And there’s nothing better than a fine stinger at the end of the film of a killer’s hand twitching alive announcing a future sequel. That’s why you fork over your own hard dough, because you love a good bloody tale. One that keeps you awake at night. One that makes you shut your eyes at the screen, and clasp them shut with your hands, yet peek between your fingers.
You need a little more bang
Santa Monica is a family friendly tourist destination. It’s full of games and theme park attractions for the kids. It’s shining, in the good sense, and really lets your young ones unwind. But, let’s be honest, sometimes you need a bit more in your life, a little 13 added at the end of PG. This is a family friendly tour with a bit of spice. Think Goonies, Gremlins, or Addams Family. Get your heart pumping and learn about this region’s hidden history.
You’ve heard the rumors, now get ready for the truth. Everyone knows of Kennedy’s affair with the Blond Bombshell, Marylin, but do they know of the furtive glances? Of the stolen kisses? Of the details of one of this nation’s most legendary romances? If you like the yellow rags, if spin magazines are magical, if you love to know who’s hooking up with whom down by the Hollywood sign then you can’t miss out on this tour. Soak up all the juicy tidbits on Sinatra, DiMaggio, and Kennedy. Here on this tour our guides know the truth — and they are willing to kiss and tell.
You Already Visited the Boardwalk
You’ve slugged through all those tours — You’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, and have gone to the Aquarium and the Ferris Wheel countless times. Your cellphone is bursting apart with postcard pictures of the spectacle that is Santa Monica. You’ve eaten the hot dogs, taken in the sight, watched as surfers dashed into the waves, you’ve done it all. But now, the sun has dipped and the boardwalk has gone deathly silent. The performers have scurried back into their holes, and the beach – now bare except for a transient or two – looks uninviting, even dangerous. Everything now bears a different hue — the place menacing, with fangs, waiting to spring at a moment’s notice. This is not the Santa Monica the brochures told you off. This is an entirely new animal — one that bites. Get ready to scream, to laugh, maybe even shed a tear.
“Hollywood is a place where they will pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul” —Marilyn Monroe.
Santa Monica, Venice Beach, the western coast of LA is where power couples, the Hollywood elite, came when they needed to get away — or when they needed to hide. It is where kitchen gossip was bred. Where stars and starlets were caught flatfooted coming out of a hotel by the paparazzi. Where trysts grew into passionate extra-marital affairs. Where romance blossomed, and where it also died. If you’re a fan of the seedy, underside of Hollywood, Santa Monica is your kind of town. Get the inside scoop on some of the truths behind the biggest headlines. Get the lavish details those yellow rag magazines failed to get past the censors. Decadent parties, midnight rendezvous, and naughty forbidden meetups that were driven wild by champagne and lust. In Santa Monica, you’ll need a guide that is willing to kiss and tell.