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Welcome To St. Augustine's #1 Rated Ghost Tour

St. Augustine survived wars and disease to claim the title of the oldest city in America. Experience the terrors lurking in the shadows of this quaint Florida town.

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Old City Ghosts offers an unflinching look at St. Augustine’s harrowing history and startling stories of real-life hauntings experienced by tour-goers, visitors, and locals alike. Join us to unveil what makes the Old City of St. Augustine one of the most haunted locations in the country.

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Tours are held daily, rain or shine, and year-round. Please see a list of available tours below to book your tour today, or for more information.

Old City Ghosts: Phantom Pirates & Poltergeists Tour

Experience the terrors lurking in the shadows of this quaint Florida town.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet by the white obelisk monument in the center of the Plaza de la Constitución

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Tour LengthTour Length: Tours are 1 hour long across a 1-mile walking distance. Ask about the bonus extended tour to additional haunted locations!

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

St. Augustine: Old City World of Pirates Experience

Explore both the haunted and historical sides of each of our carefully selected iconic tour sites while listening to shocking stories and authentic accounts that are well-researched and different than you'd hear on any other tour.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet in front of Potter's Wax Museum at 31 Orange St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Tour LengthTour Length: See confirmation email

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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. The Ultimate tour will lead you to even more haunted locations to hear more haunted stories in Old City.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tour meet near the Old City Gates 2 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Tour LengthTour Length: Tours last approximately 90 minutes

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Old City Ghosts Booze and Boos Haunted Pub Crawl

Take a Boo's and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl for genuine stories, scares, and delicious drinks in the historic district, with up to 2 hours of ghostly fun with the city's spirits and Spirits.

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

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Tour LengthTour Length: Tours last approximately 2 hours

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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Welcome to Old City Ghosts

America’s Oldest City Becomes Its Most Haunted After Centuries of Heartache and Tragedy

 

St. Augustine is a city long haunted, even before European settlers laid the foundation of what would be the oldest city in the United States. With all its post-colonial hardship. memories of mass graves for children under the age of seven, and bank managers jumping out windows, Old City only became spookier…and more haunted.

For a carnival-filled adventure full of bone-chilling ghost stories, gruesome encounters, and horrifying accounts of true events, sign up for the Old City Ghosts tour tonight. Walk in the very place where the United States was born, where dreams died, and nightmares came alive to discover what remnants of disturbing history our bloody ambitions left behind.

 

WHAT WILL I SEE?

Pirates, Pillagers, Plagues, and Pain: Experience Florida’s Most Ancient, Terrifying, and Haunted Town

 

Visit this Conquistador period landmark and see the darkened underbelly of one America’s oldest and most haunted cities. Travel with us through some of the most frightful of Florida historic spots, and experience the hauntings at places that have been featured in dozens of ghost-filled documentaries and research papers.

You will explore neighborhoods that have heard the clanking of chains, the volley of pirate cannon fire, and the howls of five-year-old boys, like James Morgan, swept up by tragedy. Get a glimpse of some of the restless dead that prowl some of its most iconic tourist landmarks, like Randolph of the Casa de Sueños or the small child–some say demon– whose inhuman screech has terrified dozens of tourists who venture into The Fiesta Mall.

The Matanzas Hotel, now the Casablanca Inn, served as both a boarding house as well as an off-the-books bootlegging operation during the Prohibition Era. Behind its walls, its madame ran an illicit goldmine that flooded the streets with all manner of contraband and narcotics. Nothing was off the table as long as it brought in the cheese. Her spirit was full of ambition and a lust for power seldom seen, and so she committed all types of hideous amoral crimes.

To this day, what remains of her corrupt soul, continues to protect her fiefdom. Join an Old City Ghosts tour and this will be just one of the many apparitions and ghosts you will encounter that menace the Oldest and Most Haunted City in the country.

A bloodied history built on the backs of long ancient bones.

 

Years before Plaza de la Constitution served as both a slave auctioning ground, as well as a vibrant public venue to hang and quarter pirates, the area known as the “Hippo” had seen its fair share of tragedies. Something vile and sinister already called the Matanza Bay Colony its home.

The region was an ancient Indian burial ground, a place both holy and sacrilegious for the natives.

Thousands upon thousands of human remains plagued most of the now cobbled-stone streets. Rotting bodies, most maimed and injured during the many tribal wars, swamped the area. The natives were wary of the area and the restless dead that were already haunting the area from beyond the veil. Most would not venture into it after dark.

However, when the Spaniards arrived, they balked at the superstitious nonsense. laughed at all the pagan clap-trap, and proceeded to erect stone forts, memorials, buildings, and even the legendary Spanish Military Hospital over the sacrosanct burial grounds. To the dismay of the natives, they desecrated an already supernatural spot and sneered at its predators.

Embark on a spine-tingling Old City Ghosts tour to find out how the ghosts and the darkness stirred with indignation and cursed them and their ancestors to be haunted for the rest of time.

Some of the buildings, now mostly replicas of the original, are quite literally built over native burial grounds. Experts have found untold remains underneath their capstones and foundations.

On this ghost tour of St. Augustine, you will hear and perhaps even witness the ragged remains of ghosts that call the city their own. The stories of the Waiting Bride, of the boy ghost that tricked a brother to murder his sister, of the thing that calls the Spanish Military Hospital its hunting ground– these tales will be told in all their gory glory, and the apparitions who are cast as the main characters will all wait to be encountered. That they are the stuff of legends makes them no less real or terrifying.

 

WHY IS ST. AUGUSTINE SO HAUNTED?

Fog and Futility of War, Endless Battles and Blood, and History of Endless Conquest and Conquistadors

 

When Europeans first landed on the coast of Florida, their intentions were laid bare almost immediately — they came for the thrill of the conquest and spoils of war. Hundreds upon hundreds of natives and European refugees – seeking asylum in the new world from religious persecution – were brought to the sword. Each inch of land was claimed through the sharp end of a dagger.

The area’s first geographical landmark was called “Matanza Bay” – which is translated to “Carnage” Bay – and you can imagine why. As the years plowed on, the bloodshed only deepened. New players came for their pound of flesh, such as English pirates like Robert Searle and other cutthroat criminals from deep in the south, and even the likes of El Draque himself, as the Spanish called him, the legendary privateer and pirate hunter– Sir. Francis Drake. Muskets became a daily fashion garment, and the city was constantly leveled by fire while pillage and mayhem rained yearly.

Sieges evolved and what were once skirmishes against hoodlums and invaded armies, became close-quarter combats between brothers during the Civil War. And the town continued on, bathing in all the gore. After the Civil War, the Seminole Wars entered the lime-light and Florida was plunged into yet more bloodshed — and St. Augustine served as its ringmaster.

On the masoned jail cells of its Fort hundreds of captured slaves languished and on the parapets of the Castillo de San Marcos, Geronimo’s family and his valiant crew of natives cried for the land that was taken from them, and the freedom they now hungered for.

St. Augustine is a land filled with historical wrongdoings and the crimes that made the US what it is today. The earth it now sits in has been mired in hardship, and an untold army of ghosts demand retribution for their pains. St. Augustine is haunted because it is where the real cost and consequences of history and the original American Dream can be viewed firsthand.

What’s so special about the St. Augustine Ghost tour?

A Once-in-a-lifetime experience — An adventure you’ll cherish ‘till the end.

 

Come with expert local guides, as we walk through moonlit cobblestone streets, and stand under the wooden and brick buildings that once housed the likes of Sir Francis Drake, Geronimo’s Family, famous Chicago mobsters, and even the man who opened Florida to the masses, railroad tycoon Henry Flagler.

You will hear, see, and feel something otherworldly, unforgettable, and frightening. Encounter the ghosts and poltergeists, and other unexplained energy and events that cling to St. Augustine with an iron grip even after their expiration date.

Each stop has its own take on what it means to be haunted. No two are the same. From Conquistador battles to the wild shrieks of men and women betrayed by that epoch’s medical science. Get ready to feel your skin crawl and for a bout of sleepless nights.

 

See a different, darker side of a Historic destination

 

Our St. Augustine Ghost Tour is a historical thrill ride — An adventure you’ll cherish until it’s your turn to enter a ghost tour as the main attraction. One whose main purpose is to incite and spark your imagination. A terrifying ride into the hallowed alcoves of this conquistador outpost meant to incite, entertain and even educate.

On these now festive tourists filled streets lie some of Florida’s most legendary locations. An adventure ending in one of the Hippo’s most haunted hot spots is a maelstrom of spirits that demands your attention.

 

Be Part of A Growing Ghostly Community

 

Journey with us through St. Augustine’s haunted past — a past visually exposed in every corner. Explore one of our nation’s oldest locations. Book this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and be part of a growing community of investigators of the afterlife and of those who hunt ghosts.

If you’d like to walk the haunted streets of St. Augustine and see the Old City under a new light, book your tour with US Ghost Adventures today.

Experience the unexplained — many of our guests bear witness to the unknown. Become one of them tonight.

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

Preview The Most Haunted Locations In St. Augustine

6 Reasons to Book Your St. Augustine Ghost Tour Right Now!

 

1: 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.

 

2: 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 just 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.

 

3: 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 French 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?

 

4: 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.

 

5: 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?

 

6: 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.

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