SAINT AUGUSTINE – If you’re looking for a place to experience the paranormal this Halloween, these are the towns you should visit for a ghoulish ghost tour or a night sleeping at a haunting hotel.
The oldest city in America is sure to have seen its fair share of scandals and spirits. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine has more than 400 years of deaths and disasters. The city’s Spanish Military Hospital was built over a Timucuan burial ground , while the Huguenot Cemetery was the final resting places for hundreds who died from a yellow fever epidemic. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is the city’s most famous haunted landmark as several tragedies have occurred there, including a lighthouse keeper falling to his death and a construction crew member’s two young daughters drowning nearby.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse offers Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours on Halloween Night, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours is the only ghost tour in St. Augustine with access inside the St. Augustine Lighthouse at night. Lit by only lanterns, guests can climb the 219 steps to the top of the Lighthouse tower for a paranormal experience like no other!
Guests will hear ghost stories from a tour guide on the first part of the tour, and then explore on their own. Participants have access to the grounds, the Keepers’ House (including the basement), the Lighthouse tower, and the nature trails.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has been featured on TAPS/Ghost Hunters, USA Today’s 10Best, CNN, Parade Magazine, the Travel Channel, MSN, Fox News and The Weather Channel.