Ghostly St. Augustine Teems with Spirited Experiences
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St. Augustine, Fla. -- When it comes to selecting the perfect place for ghostly fun, you won’t find a more haunted getaway destination than the Nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. With 450 years of history, ancient narrow streets, two historic cemeteries with graves dating back hundreds of years, a brooding Spanish fortress and endless stories of roaming spirits, it’s the place to be for all things other-worldly. St. Augustine teems with spirit activity and often makes the lists of America's most haunted places including the St. Augustine Lighthouse, featured on SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program. Nightly ghost tours range from haunted pub crawls, to true paranormal tours to family-friendly tours.
And while Halloween is known as the night that stirs up the supernatural, St. Augustine features ghost tours and spooky encounters all year long. Here are some St. Augustine’s spooky adventures awaiting intrepid souls and fun-seeking spirits.
ST. AUGUSTINE GHOSTLY EXPERIENCE TOUR
As seen on the Travel Channel, History Channel, and Discover Channel, the Ghostly Experience tour follows a guide under the glimmer of lantern light as you explore enchanted back alleys and learn about ghostly spirits that still linger at many of St. Augustine's famous historic sites as well as exploring the theories of different types of haunts and unexplained occurrences. $15 for adults, children under 6 free. For more information, call 904.825.0087 or visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com.
HAUNTED CREEPY CRAWL PUB CRAWL
St. Augustine City Walks Tours have experiences for every age and interest. There’s The Haunted Creepy Crawl Pub Crawl for those 21 and older. Your City Walks ghost-hunting guide will lead you on a spine-tingling crawl to not only enjoy drinks and local lore, but also explore the bizarre tales of various haunts along the way. Search for the ghosts & legends of Saint Augustine while learning about methods used by professional ‘ghost hunters’ and even do an investigation of your own! $19 per person (must be over 21). For more information, call 904.825.0087 or visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com.
HISTORY, MYSTERY, MAYHEM AND MURDER
The St. Augustine History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder takes you on a journey through the city's darkest history to explore the true stories behind bizarre legends. Bloody pirate raids and plunders, brutal massacres, deathly plagues, notorious criminals, unsolved murders, grotesque colonial surgery procedures...it all happened right here in St. Augustine. $15 for adults, children under 6 free. For more information, call 904.825.0087 or visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com.
GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES FRIGHTSEEING ADVENTURES
Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City on this nightly trolley tour named by Southern Living magazine as one of the five best ghost tours in the South. Re-live the historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. In addition, the tour includes a visit to Lighthouse Park, where the ghosts of three little girls are said to still haunt the place of their tragic drowning. Plus, take part in a ghost-hunting excursion at the Old Jail, famous for the paranormal activity found there. Ghosts & Gravestones tours leave nightly from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. $26.78 for adults and $14.42 for children age 12-3. Please call 904.829.3800 to check availability and reserve your seats or visit www.ghostandgravestones.com.
ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE DARK OF THE MOON TOURS
Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper’s House. Find out why the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. o select dates and tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 7-11. Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745.
RIPLEY’S GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE
Hop aboard the Ghost Train for a trip to the paranormal side of haunted St. Augustine. This ghostly tour travels through some of the oldest city’s most haunted areas. The tour makes a final stop a Castle Warden for a back-stage visit where participants can investigate one of the city’s most notorious murder mysteries. Tours depart from Ripley’s Castle Warden, 19 San Marco Avenue nightly. Tickets are $24 for adults and $13 for children. Call 904.824.1606 or visit www.ghosttrainadventure.com.
GHOSTAUGUSTINE DEAD WALK TOUR
If you dare, take this unique walking tour through the narrowest and darkest streets on the south end of the St. Augustine historic area. The tour has several new haunted stories that have not been heard by the public until now! Tours depart at nightly from Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall, 162 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended. For more information call 888.653.1565 or visit www.ghostaugustine.com.
PUB HEARSE RIDE
Ride in an Antique Haunted Hearse with fellow pub crawlers to visit haunted locations in old St. Augustine. Visit pubs that have spirits that are not just of the liquid type. Other stops along the way include a visit to a local cemetery filled with stories of deadly lore and the hauntingly lit grounds of the Castillo de San Marco. Regular tickets are $65 per person (online discounts available) and participants must be over 21. For more information, call 904-824-8840 or visit www.ghostaugustine.com
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways, accommodations and to plan your vacation in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.