Since its origins in 1733, Savannah has gained a reputation as “One of America’s Most Haunted Cities,” rich with a dark history and past. Stories from those living here and passing through are speckled with accounts of possible spirits who’ve settled in and decided to stay around. Ghostly little girls, wandering women, war-wrecked soldiers, unsettled slaves and perished pirates seem to reappear, but don’t take our word for it. Venture out around the cobblestone streets, the sometimes-silent cemeteries, under canopies of live oak trees laden in Spanish moss, and discover an even eerier side of Savannah.
1. Go on a Paranormal Investigation with Patrick Burns
Do you want to become a real ghost hunter and track down ghosts? Join Patrick Burns, from TruTV’s “Haunting Evidence” and explore the streets and squares of “America’s Most Haunted City.” Patrick uses actual ghost hunting equipment to track ghosts and he’ll share all of his paranormal evidence and spooky stories with you on this two- to three-hour tour. He’ll demonstrate a number of different tools, such as the EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), which is a recording device that helps humans interpret spirit voices. It is highly encouraged to bring your own camera or smart phone to try and capture the ghosts’ aura.
The Savannah Ghosts Paranormal Investigation Tour starts at 8:30 p.m. at Clary’s Café, 404 Abercorn St. The cost is $30 for anyone over 13 and $27 for military. Children 13 and under are not allowed.
2. Solve the Mystery of “The Haunted Room”
Itching to solve a terrifying riddle and mystery? Visit Escape Savannah, one of the most terrifying experiences Savannah has to offer. You’ll be locked inside a room with 10 other people, and you’ll have to solve the mystery of Miss Charlotte Ann’s death to escape. Time is also not on your side! Specters and Spirits haunt the room, and only few people make it out alive!
Escape Savannah is located at 2101 Bull St. (relocating to 905 Abercorn St. on August 1, 2016). This game is for anyone over the age of 13, and anyone from ages 8-10 if an adult accompanies them. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online.
3. Cruise Creepy Streets in a Haunted Hearse
Ride around the haunted Historic District in style, in one of the Haunted Hearse Ghost Rides. You read that right—ride around in an actual hearse! The Hearse Ghost Rides feature an experienced tour guide, who will drive you around to the most haunted spots in Downtown Savannah, where you can hear all about the morbid deaths and creepy hauntings that make Savannah so special.
The Hearse Tours are $17 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. The tours are by reservation only, and are available seven days a week!
4. Search for Spooks and Spirits by Foot
Explore haunted spots on foot with either the Creepy Stroll or the Full Moon Tours. The Creepy Stroll will take you through the streets of Savannah, where your tour guide will tell stories of all the ghosts that haunt the historic buildings in Downtown Savannah. For even more spirits, go on the Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour or Full Moon Tours’ 90-minute Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl or Happy Hour Tour, which actually goes inside of the haunted Moon River Brewing Company!
The cost of the Creepy Stroll is $16 for adults and $10 for children; the Creepy Crawl is $20 per person. Full Moon Tours start at $15.
5. Step aboard the “Trolley of the Doomed”
Discover ancient cemeteries and historical squares on Old Town Trolley’s “Frightseeing Tour.” Guests will be able to enter two of the most haunted places in Savannah—the first being the Andrew Low House, an ancient mansion with long reports of spirits that inhabit its rooms, and tales of furniture moving with no explanation. The next stop is Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery—a historical site on River Street, which is deemed the epicenter of “America’s Most Haunted City.”
The Ghost and Gravestones Tour is one and a half hours in length, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of six are not allowed. Tour departs nightly and tickets can be purchased online.
6. Explore Bonaventure Cemetery after hours with Shannon Scott
Do you and your friends enjoy exploring spooky cemeteries? Do you enjoy the dark history behind deaths? Then book a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott—one of the most knowledgeable tour guides who has spent years gathering information about the Bonaventure Cemetery. Scott will enlighten you with all kinds of stories, from funny to ridiculously morbid. Craving an experience even spookier? Try the after hours tour, where you’ll be locked inside the cemetery for two whole hours; just you, the spirits and the stillness of the cemetery.
The Bonaventure Cemetery Tour is reservation-only, and tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased online.