Old City Ghosts: Phantom Pirates & Poltergeists Tour

War and disease left behind a trail of terror and lost souls desperate to be released from their eternal prison. Discover what makes St. Augustine one of the most haunted cities in the nation with Old City Ghosts.

Join Old City Ghosts to explore the historical sites that have inspired countless stories of otherworldly encounters. Book your St. Augustine walking ghost tour tonight to meet the spirits of St. Augustine face-to-face.

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Old City Ghosts: Phantom Pirates & Poltergeists Tour

This walking ghost tour takes you through the sordid history of St. Augustine to uncover the truth behind some of the Old City’s most shocking stories and real-life encounters. Hundreds of years of history come alive at every corner through the words of experienced local tour guides. Want to uncover more of the haunted history of St. Augustine? Add the extended tour to witness even more ghostly thrills in the streets of St. Augustine.

Meeting Location: By the white obelisk monument in the center of the Plaza de la Constitución

Starting Time: Ghost tours are held nightly at 8 PM, rain or shine!

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted on Ghost Tours

Alcohol Policy: No Drinking Permitted

Adults Only: No

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Five Stars

Great experience going on the Old City Ghost tour. James was amazing and knowledgeable.

07.09.24
JR S
 

Five Stars

Our tour guide Martha did a wonderful job keeping us all engaged and informed of all the information relating to the ghosts on the area.

07.06.24
Kathryn Gawron (RobertDoesThings)
 

Five Stars

We had a great time. Thank you!!

07.04.24
David Showalter
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Tour Preview: Where You’ll Go

Casa de Suenos

Located in the middle of St. Augustine’s historic district, Casa de Suenos dates back to the early 1900s and is home to the ghost of a heartbroken lover who has frequent encounters with hotel guests.

Tolomato Cemetery

An 18th-century cemetery that has a history of horrible mishaps ranging from exploding corpses to little boys falling out of trees. Many have seen the hazy apparitions of these restless souls wandering the cemetery at all hours.

Castillo de San Marcos

The oldest masonry fort in the United States and the last colonial Spanish building in St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos is famous for its two star-crossed lovers who forever haunted its fortified walls.

The Hauntings of St. Augustine

St. Augustine has a well-deserved reputation as the most haunted city in the United States, a title hard to debunk when the town has a history stretching over 500 years. The city has been drenched in chaos ever since Ponce De Leon made landfall in 1513, ignited by warfare, fires, pirates, and natural disasters that continue to reverberate in the afterlife.

 

St. Augustine and Florida have changed hands for centuries, constantly bringing an eclectic and violent mix of characters into their unique world. Now, this macabre melange of mobsters, rum runners, politicians, and jilted lovers fight for dominance in the afterlife. Henry Flager is famous for bringing the railroads to Florida, but he may have brought along far greater terrors.

 

Hidden among the palm trees and exotic beach resorts are terrors that stretch back half a millennia, all still looking to claim their piece of paradise. Through the actions of the Seminole Wars, the Civil War, and modernization, St. Augustine has effortlessly retained its status as the most haunted city in the United States. Old City Ghosts invites you to take a step through the city’s dark past and experience these hauntings firsthand.

 

The Most Haunted Places in St. Augustine, FL

 

The sprawling coastal boundaries of St. Augustine are filled to the brim with otherworldly activity unlike any other in the United States. Most famously, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, whose history stretches back as far as the city, is haunted by lighthouse keepers and their children. Meanwhile, at the Old City Gates, colonial-era ghosts wander around the fortification that resulted in their demise.

 

Scarlett O Hara’s is a popular restaurant in St. Augustine with a heinous past. The original owner, Mr. Colee, was mysteriously found dead in his bathtub, and now his spirit triggers alarms and plays other ghostly tricks on patrons and staff. The St. Francis Inn is one of many haunted hotels across St. Augustine. The highly active ghost of Lily, a mischievous and romantic spirit, haunts this 1791 building, forever seeking closure on her untimely death.

Reasons to Take the St. Augustine Ghost Tour

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Approach St. Augustine’s Medici Lions and get caught by their spell

Two massive Medici Lions, replicas of Florence Italy’s own, serve as gate-keepers to St. Augustine. Their maws open, claws ... out-stretch, the cats invite visitors in through the city’s picture postcard bridge. They serve as a stepping stone into the magic that is this wonderful, incredibly diverse, and retro little town. A town full of adventure, unique sights, and all types of stories. St. Augustine is a fairy-tale town, and like all fairy tales, it has an abundance of magic and mayhem — of lions, ghosts, wolves, and other things that go bump in the night.

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You already visited the beaches and you want something more exciting

Let’s be honest, part of the fun of coming to Florida are the beaches. They are simply out of this world. Well, there’s j ... ust so much laying out in the sun you can take. It’s time to head back to the hotel and start to prepare for the night’s activities. Sure, there’s a lot to do in the sun in St. Augustine, but the real fun starts once the moon rears its head. And, by the way, if you happen to go to St. Augustine’s many beaches, start your ghost tour early and visit the region’s iconic Lighthouse — one of the most haunted places in the world.

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The madness that was the conquest of America entices you

When the French attacked St. Augustine early in the 1600s, the Spaniards retaliated with a vengeance. They overwhelmed the Fr ... ench garrison, and regardless of whether or not you were a soldier, hung everybody on trees with the inscription “Hanged, not as Frenchmen, but as “Lutherans.” They then headed back to the Hippo, where on arrival they discovered the shipwreck survivors of a French ship that had come ashore south of the settlement. Their blood lust at a fever pitch. What did the Spaniards do after these unfortunate surrendered? They executed every last one and dumped their bodies in the bay. That’s why the river and the inlet are called Matanza or Carnage. This is just one of the many tales of those bloody days. Want to hear more?

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The real pirates of the Caribbean are what you came to see

St. Augustine was put to the torch dozens upon dozens of times. Why? Cause that’s how pirates rolled during the Golden age ... of their trade. Villains and scoundrels like Blackbeard and Sir. Francis Drake roamed the Florida coast and their favorite place to stop by, have a beer, and pillage to death? St. Augustine. Some of the spiritual consequences of their excursions can still be felt in the Hippo after dark.

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Orlando left you dry — in every sense

St. Augustine is just a stone’s throw away from Orlando, the theme park capital of the world. There are dozens of parks in ... the area, not just the Magic Kingdom, but Universal and SeaWorld. You’ve gone all on the roller coasters, taken pictures with all the characters, and now, you’re tapped. You need something that keeps the blood pumping, but with less special effects — more human drama. So you came to St. Augustine. What better way to tap directly into all that historical drama than with an open-world haunted house?

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No need to go to Madrid, Spain, to see its culture…or the ghosts of its descendants

“It’s as if some little Spanish Town had broken loose, floated over here, and got stranded on a sand bank.” — Harriet ... Beecher Stowe.

Air travel is expensive, and traveling to Europe is doubly so. Part of the charm of St. Augustine is that it sweeps visitors into some of the old-world charms right out of the gates. It’s a quaint little living museum where folks can travel back to conquistador times and frolic in those Spaniard vibes. The town is passionate and full of magic, and wild eccentricities. A new attraction, something to fall in love with, around every corner.

Our Tours

Old City Ghosts: Phantom Pirates & Poltergeists Tour

Experience a spine-tingling trek through historic St. Augustine’s most haunted hotspots.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet by the white obelisk monument in the center of the Plaza de la Constitución. This is across from the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 8PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Old City Ghosts Booze and Boos Haunted Pub Crawl

Enjoy some liquid courage while hearing ghostly tales of St. Augustine's most historic haunts and drinking hotspots.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Meeting Location: Grace United Methodist Church at 8 Carrera St, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

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Tour LengthTour Length:

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

At Augustine Ghost Tour

Old City Ghosts Ghosts Ultimate Dead of Night Haunted Ghost Tour

Venture past St. Augustine's charming facade deep into the dead of night to encounter some of the city's most shocking ghost stories and encounters.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Meet your experienced tour guide near the Old City Gates 2 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 10PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

St. Augustine: Old City World of Pirates Experience

Experience a spine-tingling trek through historic St. Augustine’s most haunted hotspots.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet in front of Potter's Wax Museum.

Tour TimeTour Times:

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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