‘Tis the season for all things spooky and fun, so we headed to Downtown Orlando to try something new – ghost tours! Did you know Downtown Orlando is home to several spooky spirits in historic locations? We took a walking ghost tour in Downtown Orlando and learned all about the history of the city and the ghosts who call it home.
Booking a Tour
There are several different companies who offer ghost tours in Downtown. Each one goes to unique locations and has different perks to offer, depending on what you are looking for. I searched around and decided to check Groupon to see if there were any deals. On Groupon, I found Amerighost Haunted Tours, and decided to go with them! I personally enjoyed this company a lot because they have ghost tours in several cities across the US. The guide also explained that each location’s stories have to be fact checked by three different sources. This was neat to note because it made the stories seem even more real and thrilling!
Our guide told us that he’s heard even more bizarre stories than the ones he told. However, because there were not enough sources, they couldn’t be used in the tour, which is pretty unique! If you are looking to head out on a tour, I definitely suggest doing some research to see which tour company will best suit you. We loved our time with Amerighost, so I definitely recommend them!
The ghost tours in Downtown Orlando were definitely different from tours I’ve been on in the past. In St. Augustine, tours stop and start and go to locations all over the city. Downtown, there isn’t as much ground to cover, so the tours are almost all walking tours. We enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights up close, but it was definitely unique! Many Downtown locals stopped by to chat with us while on our tour.
We began the tour at the Orange County Regional History Center, went in a giant circle, and ended there again later. Along the way, we stopped at Rogers Building, Church Street Station, Bumby Block, the former home of Ceviche restaurant, and one more which I can’t remember the name of! Each of the locations had really unique stories, and even if you don’t believe in ghosts, great history to match. One of my favorites was from Ceviche, where a priest haunts guests who visit. Why a priest? Paranormal investigators couldn’t figure it out. Then, they learned that the wood that was used to build the ceiling was sourced from New Orleans. You guessed it! The wood was from a church where a priest had passed.
No matter if you believe in paranormal activity or not, I truly learned a lot on this tour! I had no idea Ted Bundy was once housed in the Orange County Courthouse, now the History Center. The next day we drove Downtown and I pointed at all the buildings, remembering their stories!
A ghost tour in Downtown Orlando is the perfect activity for the Halloween season. We had a blast and there was so much to learn! Be sure to wear your walking shoes, and have a fa-boo-lous time!
Visiting Downtown is always so much fun because there is so much to do here and so much energy in the air. This is the ideal location for anyone who thrives on fun times, a fast paced environment, and going to unique places! With vintage homes on brick roads in Eola Heights and Thornton Park, Downtown can also offer a cozy atmosphere in the heart of the city. Curious about homes in Downtown?
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