The Best Ghost Tours in South Florida
Take a tour of a cemetery | © Lubos Houska / Public Domain Pictures.net
South Florida may be a blissful haven with sparkling beaches and palm tree-lined avenues, but beneath the busy tourist shops and bustling nightlife, there are creepy haunted houses and graveyards with lingering spirits of the past. Get your scare on with any of these ghost tours.
HistoryMiami Cemetery Tour
Follow historian Dr. Paul George through one of Miami’s oldest cemeteries located in Downtown. The spooky history tour includes a stroll through the eerie gravestones of Miami’s founders, such as Julia Tuttle; the resting place of Jack Tigertail, the Native American whose murder was never solved; and a tomb of a woman buried in the concrete. Attire can be casual or costumed. The tour takes place on October 27th from 5:30–9:00 pm.
Admission: $30, $10 ages 10 and under
Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, USA
Julia Tuttle gravestone | Courtesy of HistoryMiami Museum
Ghost Tours at Deering Estate
Home to the late Charles Deering, an American businessman and art collector who settled in South Florida, the Deering Estate offers a ghost tour of his haunted estate. The Historic Ghost Stories Tour includes an evening walk through the sprawling waterfront property as a guide tells stories of previous ghost sightings.
A scarier tour, the Deering Estate Spookover, is available in the later hours of the night for those who want an overnight scare. Real paranormal investigators who communicate with spirits haunting the property will accompany the tour. Check their website for more information on both excursions.
Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 235 1668, ext. 233
The lush green neighborhood of Coconut Grove, with its surrounding tropical jungle and Banyan trees, looks charming in the daytime, but the area is a hotbed for spirits. This ghost tour walks visitors through the city’s past stories, from the oldest marked grave in the area to old inns that are known for their paranormal activity. The tour covers areas visited by ancient indigenous peoples, a playhouse haunted by phantoms and other eerie buildings haunted by soldiers. Check their website for more information.
Coconut Grove Playhouse | © Ebyabe / WikiCommons
Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale
Head to Fort Lauderdale for a ghost tour of Broward County’s oldest home. Perched along the banks of the New River, the 1900s Victorian-style Stranahan House is hosting the Spirits of Stranahan House Tour, where visitors can learn about those who passed away at the home. They may even catch sightings of the home’s past resident and one of Fort Lauderdale’s founding fathers, Mr. Stranahan. Guests will also meet with the Grave Keeper to hear tales of other haunted sites in the area. The tour begins at 7:00 pm on October 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th.
Admission: $25 per person
Reservation Required, Call +1 954 524 4736
Historic Stranahan House Museum, 335 SE 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Stroll through the two-hour-long tour of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, where visitors will listen to tales about ghost encounters at mentioned historical landmarks. Take a short boat ride on the New River to learn about the spirits haunting the coastline while listening to EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) of real-life paranormal investigations. Don’t miss trying to make contact with the ghosts in the Historic District!
Get ready for a hair-raising tour of the ghosts and gravestones in Key West. The tour—guaranteed to frighten or get your money back—begins aboard a trolley riding through the streets of the historic Old Town. Pass by the African Slave Cemetery (the site of the final resting place of 15 slaves), and walk through a fort haunted by the paranormal activity of those who died from yellow fever. The tour also follows a visit to the East Martello Fort haunted by Robert the Doll. The infamous doll was a gift to a young Gene Otto from a family maid who experimented with Voodoo—people heard voices, and things went missing when the doll was around. The tour runs for 1.5 hours, rain or shine, so be prepared with comfortable shoes if it’s a stormy night.
(Not suitable for children 13 years and under)
Admission: $35.70 in person, $32.13 online
Courtesy of History Tours of America, Inc.