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Tampa Terrors Ghost Tour

200 years of dark history turned the Cigar City into a haven for spirits born of tragedy and horror. Tampa Ghosts introduces you to the ghosts of the city’s disturbing past.

Join Tampa Terrors to explore the historical facts and real-life encounters behind the city's most haunted places. Book a nightly walking ghost tour and experience the thrills of haunted Tampa and its infamous ghostly landscape.

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Tampa Terrors Ghost Tour

This walking ghost tour of Tampa breaks the boundaries of Cigar City’s shiny palm tree-filled veneer to reveal the dark secrets behind it all. Want to learn more about the horrors lurking in the shadows of Tampa? Add the extended tour for an unforgettable and spooky experience filled with ghastly stories and restless spirits.

Meeting Location: The Tampa Theatre, located at 711 N. Franklin Street Tampa Theater Tampa, FL

Starting Time: Ghost tours are held nightly at 8 PM, rain or shine!

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted on Ghost Tours

Alcohol Policy: No Drinking Permitted

Adults Only: No

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Five Stars

Host was pleasant, knowledgeable, enthusiastic!

07.22.24
David F. Gomez
 

Five Stars

Great tour!

07.21.24
Kristen Thompson
 

Five Stars

The tour was great!! Dalton had a lot of interesting knowledge! Wish it was longer!

07.20.24
Cydnei Quinn
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Tour Preview: Where You’ll Go

Tampa Theater

Tampa’s most haunted theatre with a pension for death and disaster. The old projectionist's booth and the balconies of this 1920s theatre are haunted by the ghosts of the building's sorrowful victims.

Old Tampa Book Company

When it opened in 1993, The Old Tampa Book Company was filled with books of mysterious origin and owner. Spirits haunt this empty building where the owner was mysteriously murdered.

Fort Brooke Parking Garage

Once a Fort and supply depot for the Confederate Army, Fort Brooke Parking Garage held great secrets hidden below ground. Hundreds of bodies were discovered in a mass grave that has left behind paranormal scars.

The Hauntings of Tampa

Since the Spanish made landfall in Florida in the 1500s, Tampa has been a melting pot of unearthly activities ranging from the unsettling to the outrageously bizarre. Disease wiped out the Native Tocobaga tribe, leaving a path of mutilation behind it. As Flordia changed colonial hands, bloodshed in the sunshine state only increased.

 

The Seminole Wars and US acquisition pushed Tampa into chaos. Native burial mounds were destroyed, and their bones were used to pave the roads of the newly formed city. Railroads and hotels sprung up around the spirits of the trampled dead, and soon, these newcomers would join them.

 

Bootlegging operations, gambling outfits, and organized crime took the streets by storm, and a wave of murders and disappearances came along with them. Modern Tampa is plagued by the problems of its tumultuous past created by centuries of conflict.

The Most Haunted Places in Tampa, FL

 

Hidden amongst sunshine and good times, the most haunted places in Tampa are never far out of sight. The Cuban Club is one of the oldest buildings in Ybor City, and spirits gather in large numbers, recreating the days of the social club long gone. The enigmatic Pink Palace of Tampa, the Don Cesar Hotel, was the 1920s hot spot for celebrities and politicians. The hotel is haunted by its founder and WW2 patients from its days as a hospital.

 

Sulphur Springs Tower is a haunted location in Tampa known for the healing powers of its mineral springs and the spirits of pirates spotted around it. Disaster strikes all around Tampa. One of its most significant was the loss of thirty-five souls that perished in the 1980 collapse of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, resulting in phantom buses and the spectral suicide victims that followed the event.

Reasons to Take the Tampa Ghost Tour

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You want a fun group evening activity

Everyone can enjoy a trip to Tampa; it has attractions for every kind of visit. The Florida Aquarium has over 20,000 species ... of plants and animals, but they close at 5 pm, and they do not have ghosts! If you are too late for the famous stingrays in the touching tank, there is something else to do on the streets of Tampa that will give you the shivers and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end!

All the hauntings and encounters with the unexplained come from first-hand, verified accounts. The stories of real lives cut short that you will hear on Tampa Terrors are plucked directly from the history books. The twisted history of this town does not need any sensationalizing. So you won’t see any costumes or anyone jumping out trying to scare you; the stories are more than enough for that. It does help that your skilled guides are great and adaptable storytellers. This also makes the tour suitable for anyone, young or old; all are welcome to hear Tampa’s horrible history.

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Everyone is welcome in Tampa Terrors

Tampa’s streets are as flat as a pancake, and the route sticks to streets with ample sidewalks. The tour is accessible to a ... nyone that can walk a mile. The extended tour adds an additional half-mile and 30 minutes of spooky stories. Tampa Terrors starts and ends at the same location for both the standard and extended tours, and there is plenty of accessible parking nearby.

Guests of all ages are welcome on our ghost tour. Your tour guide will recount stories from the days when pirate ships sailed up the Hillsborough River past trees hung with moss, and Cigar City’s history, infamous criminals, crooks, and double-crossers.

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You want a crash course in the history of Tampa

Book your tour for a fascinating glimpse of the city’s past through its ghosts and ghouls. Hear how the roads of the city a ... re built on the crushed bones of the Tocobaga tribe. The foundations of the city rest on Indian graves.

The Tampa Bay History Center has artifacts and exhibits from every era in Tampa’s history, but they don’t have any ghosts. And the dioramas have that hollow feel when something is not entirely authentic. The ghosts of Tampa were real people, with real lives. You will hear their unvarnished stories, how they lived, how they died, and how they still make themselves felt today. Tampa Terrors will take you on a dramatic and atmospheric night-time walking tour to the actual sites where the haunted and historical events of Tampa’s ghostly past took place.

Like the 38th Mayor of Tampa. Another in the line of Tampa McKay’s, Donald Brenan McKay, knowns as ‘D.B.’ to all. He oversaw the public works, sewerage, and infrastructure projects that made Tampa a truly modern city. He was also responsible for the construction of the first Tampa City Hall. This odd building was by turns called a layer cake, an edifice fit for a modern city, and an eclectic mess.

D.B. McKay haunts the city hall to this day, high up in one particular office window, his shadow can often be seen. Find out why his ghost paces back and forth and seems so worried about something. You will also hear the curious story of how the city hall got its clock, and how it got the name ‘Hortense’!

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You are not a believer...yet!

Not everyone can be receptive to the energies of the past. Animals and young people tend to be the most open-minded to these ... subtle ebbs and flows of previous lives. Adults have too much focus on in the here and now, and rightfully so. If you have lost your openness to the other worlds surrounding us, we won’t try to change your mind. We’re just here to lay out the evidence for the thin barrier between this world and the next.

We’re not the only ones exploring the possibility of things beyond the grave. There’s a sliding scale of investigators, from your Ouija board wielding teens to a research center at Yale University. If you are interested in ghosts, you will have seen the many legitimate accounts of hauntings. These raise questions for which satisfactory answers don’t yet exist. That is something we might just have to accept. It’s sometimes tough to take, but being OK with not knowing the answer will make life a lot more bearable.

Tampa Terrors invites you to crack open the door of possibility that there might still be some things in the universe that we don’t have an explanation for yet. You will also receive a fascinating and memorable introduction to Tampa’s flamboyant history through the stories of the lives and deaths of some of its most notable personalities. Unbelievers are especially welcome to join the Tampa Terrors, several have had their minds changed in the past. Will you be next?

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Keen to see another side of your hometown?

Perhaps you are a Tampa resident and want to spend a weekend away without going any further than the Downtown area? Staycatio ... ns are a booming trend in travel; the Sheraton on the river has excellent views and is right in the center of Downtown.

The Sheraton is also one block away from one of the most haunted squares in Tampa. Lykes Gaslight Park is a pretty typical looking park. But it’s diagonal paths pretty much mark an ‘X’ for the haunted center of Tampa. It is also a stone’s throw from the Old City Hall, the haunted Tampa Police Department, and The Vault. However, the largest and most ancient concentration of ghosts is right underneath this spooky park. This is the final resting place for hundreds of bodies.

One of the largest shell mounds in the city stood on this spot. Centuries of Indian burials give the park a spooky atmosphere when the sun goes down. Join Tampa Terrors to hear the stories of how the square is haunted and find out why you might want to avoid it after dark!

While you stay in Downtown Tampa, you can get to know your hometown more and get some more entertaining stories to tell out of town visitors. Even if you choose not to believe the ghost stories, Tampa Terrors is a fun and entertaining night out.

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In town for just a short spell and want to get a flavor of Tampa?

Reasons

If you only have a night or two here in Tampa and want to get a feel for the city’s culture, Tampa ... Terrors is a great way of doing just that. The ghost stories that stick around are the ones that capture the spirit of the place, literally! The people they memorialize, the places they mark as notorious, these are the secret to how the city sees itself.

Tampa Terrors ghost tour takes you to 8 haunted and historical locations that will give you a good feel for the Big Guava. The city got that nickname when a New York fruit company exec came looking for wild Guava trees in 1884. They didn’t find any in what was a village of around 1000 people at the time. But on his way back to New York, he did swing into Key West to recommended Tampa to his friend, Cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez-Ybor. The rest is history, one that you can experience in the places it actually happened on the Tampa Terrors Extended tour, including all the stops of the standard tour, but adding four additional stops, and about a half-mile of walking.

The Extended tour adds four additional locations after the conclusion of the ghost tour and leaves you to explore the extensive Tampa nightlife afterwards.

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Looking for the perfect thing to do in Tampa in the evening?

Reasons

Tampa has some world-class sights in the daytime, but even Busch Gardens Tampa Bay closes at 6 pm. Th ... e Aquarium is the same. Tampa has some legendary nightlife, with dozens of clubs and bars, casinos, and discos across the bays. They really get going later on in the evening, if you are looking for the perfect activity to get the most fun out of your time in Tampa, then Tampa Terrors perfectly fills the slot between the two.

Finish up your hour or ninety-minute haunted walking tour of Downtown Tampa with a new perspective on the city. Tampa has countless secrets to share, and your local professional guides of Tampa Terrors have dug up dirt on the haunted histories of The Big Guava to make your tour a riveting blast through the twisted past of Tampa. Hear all about the ghosts of Downtown Tampa, how they became ghosts, and how they haunt the streets of Tampa today. Tampa Terrors will lift the city’s glitzy curtain to reveal the rotten heart of this ghost-infested city.

Some of the stories that were unearthed for the Tampa Terrors tour were just a bit too far to walk to. The best of the ones that aren’t on the tour can be found on the Tampa Terrors blog

Our Tours

Tampa Terrors Ghost Tour

Uncover the dark and twisted history of Tampa on this thrilling haunted walking tour by US Ghost Adventures.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet at 711 N. Franklin Street out in front of the Old Tampa Theater.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 8PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Tampa Terrors Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Take this Tampa Spirits and Spirits haunted pub crawl tour and add some fun into your work week! This quick but fun tour will take you to four stops for up to two hours.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Tours meet outside of the Bizou Brasserie. 601 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Fl.33602.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 8PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 2 hours

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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