Join us on a tour to experience St. Augustine's history and hauntings
Old City Ghost Tours take you through 8 or 12 different sites in one of St. Augustine’s most haunted areas, with each location ratcheting up the tension more and more. Meet your experienced tour guide out front of 26 Toques Place at least 15 minutes before your tour’s scheduled departure time. The standard tour takes about an hour and walks you through several landmark locations in the area. If you select the extended tour, you will get another 40 minutes of chilling stories and historical locations!
The Old City Ghosts walking route is a great way to see historic St. Augustine’s most amazing sites. At the same time, you are also getting your fill of the ghostly atmosphere of the city’s most haunted locations. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to the Ancient City and seasoned locals alike!
This is a family-friendly attraction, so bring everyone—your kids, friends, or a date—to Old City Ghost Tours! We’ll make sure that you have an informative, memorable, and slightly terrifying night, all starting at $19. Keep in mind that tours fill up quickly, so reserve your spot early through our website!
Pirates, Peasants, and Poltergeists
In a town acutely aware of its place in history, sometimes the extraordinary finds itself hidden by the mundane. Old City Ghosts offers a unique and compelling look at the ghostly happenings lurking in some of the Ancient City’s darkest corners.
Being the oldest continuously European inhabited city in the United States means that plenty of people have come to St. Augustine. Some come looking for fame and fortune; some came to study its unique cocktail of cultural history.
However, most people don’t come looking for the ghosts, and they may miss the terror that much of the city is built on—or maybe they choose not to see it. Every quaint inn, trendy restaurant, or historical landmark is built upon a grisly and bloody past. Even seemingly mundane places, like a strip mall, a quiet diner, or a local park, are rife with physical or psychic remnants of tragedy, despair, or loss.
With Old City Ghosts, you will walk the same paths as ancient Native American warriors, Spanish Conquistadors, and dishonorable pirates. After experiencing the tour, you will understand the supernatural scars that linger in places after tragic fires claim the innocent’s lives.
Benevolent Ghosts abound.
Your trip through St. Augustine’s storied history will help you understand the impact history can have on a place, all while making the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Like the haunted Casablanca inn and its previous owner, who made a deal with bootleggers in the 1920’s trying to bring stolen liquor ashore. She was in financial difficulties and earned a nice cash bonus for warning bootleggers when the coast was not clear by waving a lantern in a sea-facing window.
Recently a fisherman saw the same swinging lantern several times and booked a room at the inn to satisfy his curiosity. That night he woke up in the room only to see a wispy figure of an older woman standing in the window waving a lamp. She turned to face him and shouted over and over that he had to “get out”!
Staff who came in response to his anguished cries all smelt a strong smell of gas; a technician was called, only to find a hairline crack in one of the downstairs gas pipes. The inn was saved thanks to a ghost from the time of bootleggers.Read sightings & stories!
The Old City Ghosts tour is an expedition through historic St. Augustine’s most haunted hotspots. On the Old City Ghosts tour, you’ll explore both the historical and ghostly sides of each of the carefully selected sites. The accounts are all well researched, authentic, and up-to-date to ensure you have the best, most chilling, and authentic experience possible.
All Ghost Tours meet in front of 26 Toques Place. Get Directions
The standard tour route is 0.8 miles. Eight different locations are included in our standard tour. Our extended tour includes four extra locations, adding 0.7 miles to the distance for a total distance of 1.5 miles.
Tour times vary, click the ‘Book now’ button to see times and availability.
Old City Ghosts tours are held every night. Please arrive at least ten minutes early and allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the location. Tours are held rain or shine.
Admission for the Old City Ghosts tour must be purchased ahead of time on our site. Click “Buy Tickets” to bring up the ticket order process, fill the (short!) form out completely, and confirm your reservation, then… you’re done!
You do NOT need to print your tickets or worry about mobile passes! After completing your tour reservation online, you’ll automatically be added to the admission list for your tour time and date. Simply bring your ID with you for us to verify your reservation before your tour begins.
7 Reasons Guests Should Go on the Old City Ghosts Tour!
You need a crash course in St. Augustine history
All the locations have been key in the long and important history of the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in North America. Not only will you get a vivid look into the history, but you will be able to recall the facts because they are a crucial part of the terrifying and memorable stories of human misery and ghostly hauntings.
For example, in St Augustine, the first church was built around the year 1500, somewhere during its hard, early days, several children died within, in mysterious circumstances. They were quickly buried in a shallow grave and covered by a thick timber joist. Flash forward to a wine store on the same spot doing renovations in 2016, and they needed to remove that very same joist.
An Archeologist uncovered the remains, and a recent whole slew of ghostly sightings of maimed and disfigured children that had been seen in the wine bar started to make much more sense.
You want something the whole family can do
While the tours are scary, they are also family-friendly and completely accessible. At just over a Disney movie in length, the standard tour will keep even the shortest attention span engrossed in history, culture and human stories to entertain and thrill!
Like the story of Plaza de la Constitución – the site of the oldest public park in the United States. Also, the place where the necks of dozens of the different invaders of the city were broken by the hangman’s noose! You’ll hear the story of the surprise morning fog that enveloped a local resident on their way to work.
The ghost tour is fun, even for the non-believer. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will enjoy the stories told and learning more about each location.
In Town and Not Sure of What to Do.
Whether you are traveling through or staying for a while, or even if you live here, the Old City Ghosts tours are a must-do!
You’re on a tight schedule
The tours fill that awkward time slot after dinner but before bed, the daytime has several other demands placed on it which is why an evening ghost tour is a perfect way to get more out of your trip. There are different start times to choose from and the standard tour wraps up in around 60 mins and finishes right in the middle of town, an easy hop to your next destination.
What draws the supernatural to St. Augustine?
You might think St Augustine is just a sunny but unexciting place suitable only for sunbathing and al fresco dining. However, that could not be farther from the truth. Since its founding several centuries ago, St. Augustine has been a hotbed of excitement and intrigue that has littered the area with both physical and spiritual connections to a truly meaningful historical legacy.
You could read about the Spanish occupation, or the area’s connection with the slave trade, or the city’s struggle with bloodthirsty pirates, but those accounts will skip over the true strangeness happening to individuals now as a result of that history every single day. Join the Old City Ghosts tour to experience that horrifying truth in person, at night, in the very locations where it all took place. You will feel like a part of the city’s deranged and ghostly history.
Reserve your tour today and experience a side of St. Augustine that no history teacher would have the courage to teach you!