Best Ghost Tours in the U.S.: 7 Ghoulish Guided Walks

The Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, Key West Historic Tours of America
From coast to coast, America has no shortage of ghost stories. Who better to explain the things that go bump in the night than a local tour guide? Whether you're an aspiring paranormal investigator or just a haunted history buff, these ghost tours are sure to thrill.

Photo: The Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
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The Physick Estate in Cape May, New Jersey Hillary McNamara
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Photo: The Physick Estate in Cape May
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The oldest graveyard in Bar Harbor, Maine Stephen Byrne

Photo: The oldest graveyard in Bar Harbor
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A cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina Charleston Area CVB
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Cell blocks in the Ohio State Reformatory Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site
The Ohio State Reformatory looks haunted even if you don't know its history. It was designed using Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne styles of architecture in an effort to inspire inmates to reclaim their spiritual sides. Today, as the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society Ghost Walk will prove, there are more spiritual sides roaming around this former penitentiary than people.

Dates: Year-round, periodic dates

Cost: $15 per person 

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The Queen Mary ship at night in Long Beach, California The Queen Mary
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The Hood County Jail in Granbury, Texas Brian Hutson
With the variety of historical figures buried in Granbury, it's no surprise that residents have discovered some otherworldly unrest. You can see the graves of pioneer Davy Crockett's family, outlaw Jesse James, and Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth here—in fact, it's said that Booth still haunts the Opera House. On the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, actors dressed in Civil War-era clothing lead guests on a haunted history expedition. Sites include the Historic Hood County Jail (pictured), the Nutt House Hotel, the Nutshell Eatery and Bakery (a former saloon), and Hank's (a former bordello).

Dates: The tour runs every Friday and Saturday night from March to mid-December.

Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child (ages 12 and under) 

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Washington Square Park at night Tom Lhasa/Flickr
The Village, as its known in these parts, has seen some of New York City's bloodiest events: mob hits, the violent Civil War draft riots, crimes of passion, devastating medical plagues, and gruesome accidents. A number of "frightseeing" tours have emerged over the years to recount these tales, but we think the one offered by Haunted Manhattan supplies the most chills. It stops at 13 spots in 90 minutes, from an N.Y.U. dorm where a ghost supposedly haunts an elevator shaft to the Arch in Washington Square Park, which is built atop a massive, and uncomfortably shallow, unmarked graveyard.

Dates: Year-round 

Cost: $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 16 and under)

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