Ghost Tours of St. Augustine
Ghost Tours of St. Augustine has been offering authentic haunted tours for over 20 years and is dedicated to historical integrity and accuracy. There are several tour options offered all year long for exploring the city's rich paranormal heritage, as well as a couple of special Halloween tours in October of 2018.
A Ghostly Experience
The award-winning Ghostly Experience nightly tour explores the haunted back alleys of St. Augustine with only the light of a lantern and a professional tour guide to lead the way.
Guests will hear the tales of St. Augustine’s darker past and where and why some “people” still linger. The tour also provides information on theories of different types of haunts while guiding tour participants to be on the alert for evidence of paranormal phenomena, such as swooping lights, fog, and ghostly shadows -- all of which have actually been witnessed at the haunted sites visited on this tour. The ghost stories are all authentic, based on extensive research into historic libraries, church and parish records, in-person interviews, documents, and diaries.
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and depart nightly, rain or shine, at 8 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office at 4 Granada Street in downtown St. Augustine. Space is limited; call (904) 829-1122 for more information and to make reservations.
Paranormal Pub Crawl
The Paranormal Pub Crawl tour offers “spirits with your spirits!” A Pub Scout /Ghost Hunting Guide leads the tour, showing guests how to use real paranormal equipment to investigate those spirits at some of St. Augustine’s more notorious haunted taverns. The tour is full of ghost stories and historic pub-lore, all with that special St. Augustine flair. The first drink of the night is included in the price of the ticket, and guests receive discounts at each of the taverns visited during the tour.
The Paranormal Pub Crawl tour visits four pubs and lasts approximately 2 hours. Tours depart select evenings at 7 p.m. from Al’s Pizza, located at 1 St. George Street, directly across from the City Gate. Space is limited; call (904) 829-1122 for more information and to make reservations.
Ghosts and Gravestones™
In partnership with Old Town Trolley Tours, Ghost Tours of St. Augustine offers the Ghosts and Gravestones tour on the “trolley of the doomed.” This tour takes visitors around the downtown area, past dark cemeteries and haunted buildings, while a Ghost Host recounts the terrible tales of St. Augustine’s ghostly past.
The tour includes a stop at Potters’ Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors for a unique retelling of the famed pirate Andrew Ransom’s gruesome execution and ends with a spine-tingling visit to the Old Jail, where paranormal phenomena occur so often that the building has been listed on the National Directory of Haunted Places.
Ghosts & Gravestones tours depart seven nights a week, rain or shine, and last about 80 minutes. The tour departs from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. Advance reservations are required; call (904) 829-1122 to book seats.
Special Halloween Tours in October 2018
Ghost Tours of St. Augustine is offering a couple of special Halloween tours in October 2018.
The Origins of Halloween and Haunted Pub Crawl will take place on Tuesdays in October (October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 31, 2018). This tour offers a combination of a haunted pub tour (complete with the requisite ghost-hunting equipment) and a historical walking tour that delves into the history of our present-day Halloween customs, from costumes and bonfires to jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. The 2.5-hour tour departs at 7:00 p.m. from Al’s Pizza at 1 St. George Street, where guests will receive a complimentary drink to start off their evening. Call (904) 825-0087 or visit their website to make reservations.
On Fridays in October (October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018), the Origins of Halloween and Tales of St. Augustine’s Dark Side Tour will depart from the Tour St. Augustine office at 4 Granada Street. This is a 1.25-hour tour that takes participants into back alleys and historically haunted spots throughout downtown. Guests learn about the history, myths, and legends of the original Halloween, the Celtic New Year festival known as Samhain. Tour departs at 7:30 p.m. on four Fridays in October 2018. Call (904) 825-0087 to make reservations.
Special Event Paranormal Investigations
Ghost Tours of St. Augustine offers special paranormal investigations to some of the city’s most authentic historic haunts. Professional paranormal tour guides show tour participants how to use the specialized investigative equipment and what to look for as they search for the supernatural in the old homes, museums, inns, taverns or sacred grounds of the nation’s oldest city.
The investigations are held at different locations around St. Augustine on select dates. Ticket prices vary depending on location, and the tours last anywhere from 2 – 2 ½ hours, usually between 9 p.m. and midnight.
During October 2018, professionally guided paranormal investigations of the Oldest Wooden School House (located at the north end of St George Street) are being offered on Friday and Saturday evenings (October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31, 2018). These 1.75-hour tours start promptly at 9:00 pm and include a walking ghost tour of the historic district before the investigation gets underway. The tour also includes use of their paranormal investigation equipment or you're welcome to bring your own! And be sure to bring along your phone or camera to record your findings! For more details and reservations, call (904) 829-1122 or book online. The tours are not suitable for young children. Call (904) 829-1122 to find out about upcoming tours or to schedule an investigation.
Maritime Tales & Legends
(Available only when El Galeón is in port in St. Augustine.)
This unique ghost walking tour features a nighttime visit aboard one of the two authentic 16th-century replica tall ships whose home port is St. Augustine. The El Galeón Andalucia and its sister ship the Nao Victoria circle the globe every year, but come home to St. Augustine on a regular basis. Ghost Tours of St. Augustine is proud to have been granted exclusive permission from the Fundacion Nao Victoria in Spain to bring guests onboard these fascinating vessels after the sun has set.
This walking tour is led by lantern light through the ancient city’s brick streets, where buccaneers and brigands roamed hundreds of years ago, and finishes at the city marina, where guests visit one or both of the ships, depending on their U.S. port schedules. Along the way, tour participants hear captivating ghostly tales from the darker side of St. Augustine’s maritime history.
While aboard the ship, guests meet with the Spanish crew members who all live and work aboard the ships and swap stories of pirates and rogues and their escapades at sea.
Tours depart from the Tour St. Augustine office at 4 Granada Street downtown at 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Total guided tour time is approximately 90 minutes. Admission to the ships is included in the ticket. This tour is only available during the months in which at least one of these ships are ported here in Saint Augustine. Visit their website to check the schedule for tour availability and to book online, or call (904) 829-1122.