If you're a fan of haunted houses and ghostly tours, there are plenty of places in Florida for a day trip or weekend getaway full of fright. The Sunshine State offers visitors a variety of tours and excursions to frightening places that are also great opportunities to learn about each area's paranormal history.
As home to some of the oldest towns in America, it's easy to find a haunted tour in Florida, no matter what part of the state you're visiting. From Orlando to Daytona, here are some of the spookiest haunted tours, places, and local legends throughout Florida.
The next time you're in Orlando, take a break from Disney World and head over to American Ghost Adventures. This paranormal investigative tour offers a side of Orlando you probably never knew existed. The two-hour walking tour of the city's most haunted buildings is a fun and spooky experience. Plus, you'll even be equipped with ghost hunting gear.
Drive north from Orlando for about 45 minutes and you'll hit Cassadaga, home to the oldest active religious community in the region, the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Encompassing about 57 acres of land, Cassadaga is a quiet town occupied and owned by like-minded people who all believe in God, Jesus, and their ability to commune with the dead. The Cassadaga community hosts an Encounter Spirits Night Tour on most weekends where guests can, "capture images of energy orbs and other spirit manifestation." Check the calendar on their website to see when the next haunted tour is.
East of Tampa and south of Orlando, Lake Wales is a small, old town that's home to Spook Hill, an optical illusion turned tourist attraction. The unique characteristics of this spot make it appear as if cars are gliding uphill on their own The anti-gravity hill is officially recognized by the town and there is a sign on sight explaining what to do. While you're in Lake Wales, you can also stop by the Bok Tower and Gardens for a beautiful view and peaceful stroll.
In Daytona Beach, there are a number of great haunts waiting for you. Lillian Place, a beachside Victorian mansion built in 1884 is home to Lucille, the famous ghost who haunts the home. Guided and self-guided tours of Lillian Place are available daily.
Also in central Florida, St. Petersburg is home to the Don CeSar Beach Resort: Haunted Hotel, where the ghost of a young woman who died of sadness haunts the halls each night. You can book a night here and sign up for St. Petersburg's Ghost Tour, which is a candlelit walking tour of the city's most haunted places.
A little further east and you'll be in Saint Augustine, the oldest city in America, which offers a great haunted tour called A Ghostly Encounter. Guests will walk through the city's narrow and historical cemeteries while hearing tales of the first citizens of what would eventually become the United States.
Located at the most northeastern point the state, Amelia Island is cut off from the mainland by the Amelia River and serves as one of the barrier islands on Florida's eastern coast. The island is rich with history, having been subject at one point or another to Spanish, French, British, and American rule. For a haunted history of the island, check out the Amelia Island Museum of History's walking Ghost Tour, which guides guests along the historic streets of Downtown Fernandina Beach.
As the name would suggest, Key West is the westernmost of Florida's southern Key Islands. Here, you'll find the city offers a Ghost and Mysteries Tour that takes guests on a walking tour of the old town's haunted Victorian mansions. Your tour guide will also tell stories about spooky characters like Robert the Doll, Count Von Cosel and Elyna, and The Watcher.