The 9 Best St. Augustine Ghost Tours
Learn about St. Augustine's haunted past with an expert guide.
No visit to St. Augustine is complete without experiencing one of the city's many ghost tours.(Getty Images)
America's oldest city is known for its rich heritage, beautiful shoreline and historical attractions. St. Augustine, Florida, also claims to be one of the most haunted destinations in the United States. Locals say the historic buildings and cobblestone streets are filled with spirits who once lived in the city hundreds of years ago. To help you find the best paranormal experiences, U.S. News collected both traveler sentiment and expert input to curate this list of the nine best ghost tours in St. Augustine.
Secrets of St. Augustine Ghost Tours with Dion Moore
Storyteller Dion Moore knows St. Augustine history better than most, which makes this 75-minute walking tour equal parts educational and entertaining. You'll depart at 8 p.m. to hear all about the area's dark history and spooky past. There are more than five centuries of trauma and tragedy to learn about, so you'll want to listen closely. Most travelers give this tour excellent reviews, calling it fun and spooky. Others say it's suitable for families since it mostly focuses on St. Augustine history. Tours are available six nights a week. Tickets cost approximately $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Sheriff's Ghost Walk Tours
This 90-minute tour begins on historic St. George Street, where you'll meet your tour guide who takes on the persona of Sheriff Guy White, a St. Augustine sheriff who died in 1911. During the walking tour, the sheriff will regale you with stories of the city's past as you weave down the darkest streets. Have your cameras ready – you may encounter the paranormal during your trip. Tourists call this walking tour the best in St. Augustine. They also appreciate the thoroughly researched stories. Tours depart nightly at 8 p.m. except for Mondays. Tickets start at $18 for adults and $10 for kids; children 5 and younger are not encouraged to attend.
GhoSt Augustine – Everdark Express: Shadow Shuttle
Book this small-group shuttle tour to hear expert insights and learn about the city's unusual haunted spots. You'll sit back and relax in an air-conditioned passenger van while guides share paranormal investigations and St. Augustine's most interesting haunted discoveries. As an added bonus, you'll receive a ghost detection meter to use throughout the two-hour trip. Reviewers say this is the best ghost tour they've ever done and rave about the guides. Tickets start at $33 for adults and $20 for children ages 6 to 12; private tours can also be booked for $349. Tours depart daily at 6:15, 8:40 and 11:15 p.m. (children are not allowed on the 11:15 p.m. tour). GhoSt Augustine operates several other ghost tours and haunted pub crawls.
Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure
Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure is more than a tour; it's an 80-minute interactive adventure that takes you through two haunted properties in the dark of night. To enhance your experience, you'll be given electromagnetic field meters to help you track ghosts during the tour. Travelers give the tour mixed reviews: most say the train ride is enjoyable and applaud the enthusiastic guides, but others describe the ghost hunting part of it as just OK. Departures are available every evening, but the company suggests calling ahead to book a specific time. Tickets cost around $25 for adults and $14 for children ages 5 to 11. You can also combine this tour with a visit to Ripley's Believe It or Not! or mini golf course.
St. Augustine's iconic lighthouse gives travelers a chance to meet its ghosts on its spooky tours.(Getty Images)
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum – Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour
Explore the St. Augustine Lighthouse at night and learn about its role in the city's dark history on this approximately two-hour tour. You'll hear stories from an expert guide and find out why the lighthouse and its buildings are some of the most haunted in St. Augustine. Visitors say this tour includes great storytelling and plenty of fun. This tour is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.; additional tours are available during peak seasons. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children 11 and younger. Regular daytime tours of the lighthouse and its buildings are also offered for those not interested in the paranormal.
Ghost and Gravestones Tour of St. Augustine
Hop on a trolley for an 80-minute tour of St. Augustine's cemeteries and abandoned buildings to hear all about their creepy past. Among the sites you'll visit is the Old Jail, which is purportedly one of the most haunted buildings in the area since many criminals spent their final days here, some with gruesome deaths. Most reviewers give this tour a thumbs-up, saying it's fun and spooky, but you'll have to decide for yourself. Others note that this tour is a particularly good fit for families with kids. Tickets cost approximately $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12, if purchased online. Departures are available nightly at 8 and 9:20 p.m.
A Ghostly Encounter
Learn about St. Augustine's historic and frightening past with this non-scripted walking tour. You'll spend 90 minutes exploring graveyards and darkened alleyways with an expert guide before stopping at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. This tour earns mostly excellent reviews, with many participants calling it amazing and a must-do activity thanks to the engaging guides. Others say 90 minutes is the perfect amount of time for this activity. Tours run nightly at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost around $20 per adult and $10 per child ages 6 to 12.
St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours – Spirits with Spirits: A Paranormal Pub Crawl
Ghosts and spirits really do mix on this approximately three-hour pub crawl. You'll visit four of the city's most haunted bars and taverns, learning their history and the spooky sightings that have occurred there. You'll even get one free domestic beer or glass of wine, with the option to purchase more drinks along the way. Tourists say the guides are great storytellers and enjoy the pubs they visit. This tour runs at 8 p.m. multiple days a week February through November. Tickets start at $20 and participants must be at least 21 to join. If you're visiting in December or January, check out the company's holiday-themed haunted drinking excursion: the Holiday Spirits Pub Crawl.
Visit some of St. Augustine's most haunted spots and hear tales of pirates, murders and the yellow fever epidemic on this 90-minute tour. You'll stop at the usual graveyards, but also a spooky chateau and streets that have dark stories of their own. Travelers give this tour almost entirely excellent reviews, with some calling it awesome and genuinely scary. Others praise the guides for their attention to St. Augustine history. Tours depart Wednesday through Sunday at 8 or 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 per person.
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