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Welcome To Indianapolis's #1 Rated Ghost Tour

Known for fast cars, infamous gangsters, dead presidents and ghostly poets, Indianapolis boasts terrifying tragedies and a horrific past that sped it to the front line for haunted places.

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Take the fast lane to terror on a ghost tour with Indy Ghosts and unveil a curse that’s claimed the lives of six presidents, famed race car drivers, and many other victims of fate. Experience the chills and thrills of a city where sports rule the day and harrowing hauntings light up the night in Indiana’s most haunted city.

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Indianapolis Ghosts Tour

Location
All tours meet in front of Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Duration
Tours last 1 hour across a 1-mile walking distance. Ask about the bonus extended tour to additional haunted locations!
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Tours are held nightly
Admission
Simply bring your ID. You do not need a printed ticket or passes.
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Welcome to Indianapolis Ghosts

As the engines wind down, the sounds of centuries of tragedy and misfortune pierce the air, giving way to the darkness of the city’s deadly past. Discover why “Naptown” is nothing to sleep on, as Indy’s tortured souls have yet to rest.

 

Doomed Beginnings

 

Today, Indianapolis is a thriving sports and culture-fueled metropolis, attracting thousands of visitors every year. But its origin story is anything but inviting. Migratory Native American tribes once occupied the land before becoming involuntarily embroiled in a two-hundred-year war between the French, British, and U.S., all fighting for the territory. The U.S. would win, and the nightmare would begin.

 

Indiana’s first governor, William Harrison, was responsible for unethically removing the remaining Native Americans from the newly-formed territory. His attacks on the tribe would lead to a curse being placed upon him by a powerful spiritual leader nicknamed “The Prophet.” 

 

In 1840, Harrison would win the presidency only to die one month later of pneumonia, making him the first to die in office. The next five presidents to win on a year ending in 0 would meet horrific untimely ends, including Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the popular John F. Kennedy.

 

Visit the Benjamin Harrison Memorial to hear the unnerving details of a curse that won’t quit. Even the cemetery where President Harrison now resides did not go unscathed, as it’s one of the most haunted in the state. Over 700 children are buried here; their eerie phantom laughs are heard late at night. Uniformed soldiers have also been seen wandering the graveyard, giving goosebumps to anyone who’s seen them.

 

And this is only the beginning of Indianapolis’s haunted history. Welcome to Indy Ghosts.

 

What Will I See?

 

Visit Indy’s Most Haunted Locations, Including:

 

    Dr. Helene Knabe’s Former Apartment: The former home of one of medicine’s female trailblazers is also the site of her gruesome and bloody end. Her murder remained unsolved, but it’s not the only heinous act that’s kept the spirits active in the building. Were stolen cadavers part of the building’s tragic story? Join Indianapolis Ghosts to find out.

 

   Indianapolis Athletic Club: Built in 1924 to promote socializing, the athletic club welcomed several notable figures and the city’s elite. Though it may have retained its status via luxury condos, the owners are less thrilled about its status for being haunted. Discover the heartbreaking event that keeps the spirits of those lost forever tied to the building.

 

    Indiana Repertory Theatre: Old theatres are almost guaranteed to have a ghost story or two, and this one is no different. It’s believed that the ghost of its former director haunts the theatre. However, it’s not the only theatre that harbors otherworldly activity. Hear about its connection to the Rivoli Theatre and why it rivals the Indiana Repertory Theatre as one of the city’s most haunted.

 

The No Winner’s Circle 

 

Indianapolis is the heart of the motorsport industry, housing the largest sporting facility in the world with the 253-acre Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The complex has been home to amazing stories and triumphs but has also seen its fair share of heartache and dramatic losses.

 

Indy Ghosts takes you to Winner’s Circle Sports Pub, where you’ll uncover over a century of horrific mishaps that ended the careers of racers chasing their dream. Since its opening in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has seen 41 driver deaths in some of the most violent crashes the sport has ever seen. The heaviness of these horrific tragedies has never left, consuming those who venture into the facility. 

 

No one is immune to this darkness. Tony Stewart reportedly experienced a frightening event one night while walking through the pits. With no one around, he could hear the sounds of disembodied voices growing louder with every step he took. Another tragic tale is that of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt who is said to have witnessed something terrifying at the track. Was it something that sealed his fate? Learn more with Indy Ghosts.

 

A Tale of Two Theaters

 

There’s no shortage of entertainment in this enticing metropolis. From sports enthusiasts to art lovers, Indianapolis offers something for people of all ages. Interested in taking in a good show? The city has just the place! But beware, it’s popular amongst the dead, too.

 

Visit the Indiana Repertory Theatre, where you’ll hear the despairing tale of the theatre’s director. Tom Haas was one of the theater’s most successful directors, growing audience numbers like never before. But fate would take an ugly twist, as Tom would be the victim of a hit-and-run and eventually succumb to his injuries. Today, his spirit is seen running around the mezzanine level of the theater just as he did in life, stuck in a loop for all eternity.

 

This, however, is the lighter side of otherworldly activity when it comes to Indianapolis theaters. A few miles from the IRT sits a dilapidated Rivoli Theatre, a run-down movie house known for the various spirits that inhabit it. The women’s restroom is known for unexplained activity, including faucets and lights turning on and off and stall doors opening and closing on their own.

 

One former owner experienced the petrifying feeling of something cold wrapping its arms around him. Later, he saw the image of a ghostly woman staring at him from the doorway. This prompted him to research the property, which resulted in him discovering the theater was built on a Native American burial ground. Today, the theater is in total disrepair. Are the disrespected Natives keeping the living from further disturbing the dead? Join us to find out!

 

Why is Indianapolis so Haunted?

 

The Doctor Becomes The Subject

 

The early twentieth century was a time of advancement, particularly for women. More and more, women were breaking into the medical field and changing the landscape of the field. One such woman was Dr. Helens Knabe, who was a renowned expert in public hygiene, much of her work being done in the privacy of her residence to prevent it from being stolen.

 

You’re about to visit the site where her groundbreaking research would come to a brutal end and where it was rumored the doctor was conducting research on stolen cadavers. Indy Ghosts takes you to the Barton Center, Dr. Helene Knabe’s former apartment, ironically located on the Block of Hope, where you’ll hear about her possible work with grave robbers, the unhinged details of her death, and the creepy hauntings of her restless spirit.

 

On October 25th, 1911, Dr. Knabe was found dead in her apartment; her throat slit from ear to ear. Her murder remains unsolved, and her spirit remains in the building. To this day, people report seeing an apparition near the doctor’s former apartment. Tenants claim to hear the unnerving sound of disembodied footsteps in the hallway, as well as murmurs when no one is around and the appearance of a specter of a woman in a blue kimono.

 

Was she murdered by the family member of a cadaver that was stolen from its final resting place? Or did a jealous colleague turn the light out on the doctor’s rising star? One thing’s for certain, Dr. Knabe isn’t ready to let anyone forget about her.

 

The Dark Side of Oppulence

 

Welcome to a piece of luxury that sits in the heart of Indianapolis. Since 2018, this building has been providing a decadent living to the city’s residents. But in 1924, it served as the Indianapolis Athletic Club, providing a place for residents to stay, play, and socialize, welcoming notable guests such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Benny Goodman. In 1992, the good times would end.

 

Join Indy Ghosts to hear the harrowing details the building’s new owners don’t want you to hear. On the night of February 5th, 1992, a fire consumed the third and fourth floors of the building, consequently taking the lives of two firefighters and one hotel guest. Though not made public out of fear of scaring away potential condo buyers, the building is alive with otherworldly activity.

 

Residents have reported the eerie sounds of banging and screaming outside of their condos – and the terrifying sounds always begin around midnight. More harrowing, a few have reported seeing the panicked spirit of Lorenzano, one of the firefighters who met his untimely end in the 1992 blaze. Whether the owners and investors want to admit it or not, there are some residents of the home who aren’t going anywhere.

 

What’s So Special About the Indy Ghosts Tour?

 

See a Different, Darker Side of This Fun-Loving, Fast Destination

 

From Lucas Oil Stadium to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis is a smorgasbord of fun and excitement for individuals of all ages. But the allure of events like NASCAR’s Indy 500 pulls a veil over the eyes of unsuspecting visitors, hiding years of agonizing, gruesome deaths and the sorrowful spirits stuck between their former earthly homes and the other side.

 

Walk with us through the city where the song “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” was born, and uncover locations that, on the outside, appear wholesome in nature but, on the inside, harbor spine-chilling tales of death and despair. Get to know the ghostly residents who never miss an opportunity to put on a show in the racing capital of the world.

 

A Truly Unforgettable Experience That Will Last a Lifetime

 

Indianapolis is a place unlike any other. Where else can you explore downtown in the same manner that the city’s resident ghosts do – without touching the ground? Skywalks provide locals and tourists with a sky view of this beautiful metropolis while shielding them from the centuries of terror that occurred just beneath their feet.

 

A landmark in the city’s establishment, you’ll visit the Indiana State Capitol Building, where you’ll learn about the building’s tumultuous origins and the legends of the deaths associated with the building. Feel the goosebumps rise as our expert guide takes you through the creepy encounters at the capitol. Black orbs, phantom horses, and the “Ghost Lady” are just a few of the entities that stake their claim on the Statehouse and are some you won’t soon forget.

 

Be a Part of a Growing Ghostly Community

 

If you’ve ever been intrigued by the possibility of ghosts and the otherworldly, there’s no better way to dip your toes into haunted waters than with a genuine, fact-based ghost tour with Indianapolis Ghosts. We’ll introduce you to the seedy side of Indy and expose the truth that can no longer hide in the catacombs beneath the city.

 

From the haunting experiences of Tony Stewart and the late great Dale Earnhardt to the unbelievable, harrowing tale of James O’Donnell, who survived the attack on the USS Indianapolis and the shark-infested waters, you’ll hear it all with Indy Ghosts.

 

Are you ready to experience the darkness?

* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *

Preview The Most Haunted Locations In Indianapolis

5 Reasons to Book Your Indianapolis Ghosts Tour Right Now!

 

1) You’re a Foodie Who’s Already Experienced the Culinary Scene

 

Indianapolis is known for a lot of things, including its undeniably delicious food scene. The city is amongst the top in the nation, with restaurants being featured in Food and Wine magazine. There’s plenty to choose from, and when you’ve had your fill, walk off some of that unparalleled cuisine with an unflinching, ghoulish tour of the city’s most cursed locations with Indy Ghosts. You’ve discovered the lighter side of the city; now it’s time to take a walk on the dark side. 

 

2) You Just Watched the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race and Want to Keep The Adrenaline Pumping

 

Any NASCAR or motorsports fan will tell you that nothing gets the blood pumping like experiencing a race live. Whether you’re visiting Indianapolis for the Red Bull Indianapolis G.P. or are a local who never misses a race, chances are you’re an adrenaline junkie. How do you keep it going after a night of full-throttled speed? By taking a tour with Indy Ghosts! We’ll keep you on your toes with spine-tingling stories that are so disturbing some establishments don’t want you to know about them. But we know, and we want to share them with you tonight.

 

3) You’re Intrigued By Lesser-Known Facts About our Nation’s Presidents

 

Did you know that after President Reagan’s attempted assassination, First Lady Nancy Reagan hired an astrologist to help guide their decisions to ensure the president’s safety? Though Mrs. Reagan would downplay it, calling it “harmless,” the astrologer tells a different tale. History is filled with incredible tales like these and more, and you can hear those of the city with Indy Ghosts.

 

4) You Need a New Way to Calm Down Your Restless Kids

 

Vacations can be a lot, especially when the kids aren’t ready to take a breath. That’s nothing a little scare can’t fix. While the stories on our ghost tour of Indianapolis come with a touch of horror and a little dread, they’re suitable for all ages. Kids are welcome on this hair-raising ghost tour, and if they weren’t quiet before, they will be by our last stop.

 

5) You’re Looking For Something Fun and Exciting to Do on Date Night

 

There’s no shortage of fun to be had here in beautiful Indianapolis. Sports, museums, a bustling food scene, and famous culture make it the ideal place to visit and one that should be on everyone’s bucket list. But for an exciting and engaging way to explore the secrets of the city, it doesn’t get better than a ghost tour with Indianapolis Ghosts. The stories you’ll hear and the places you’ll go will create memories you’ll never forget and give you something to talk about for a lifetime. Book your ghost tour with Indy Ghosts today!

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