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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Ghost Tour in Boston

 
     
 

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Underground tunnels, unmarked graves, public executions, grave robberies, a day of darkness and a full red moon - all a part of Boston’s shadowy past and according to many accounts, its present. A city steeped in history, it is not surprising that Boston has more than its share of haunted tales. But are they tales? Take a Ghost Tour to the city’s most haunted sights to find out for yourself.

Boston’s Ancient Burial Grounds - Historic & Haunted
Ever wander through a 400-year-old graveyard in the dark? When you take the Ghosts And Gravestones Tour, you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to visit the final resting places of some of the city’s most prestigious residents - many whose ghosts have been seen on the grounds. The tour takes you to two of the city’s oldest cemeteries including King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground or Granary Burying Ground. Read the headstones of the famed patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock among other famous Bostonians. Watch for the spirit of Paul Revere upon his horse. Don’t be surprised by the eerie sensation that overtakes you as you walk amongst unmarked graves and hear the accounts of those who were buried alive.

The Omni Parker House - Boston’s Most Haunted Hotel
Boston’s most haunted hotel is among the spookiest places in the city. Built in 1856, the hotel has a sorted and fascinating past. Charles Dickens lived there for two years and other famous guests like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John F. Kennedy stayed there. Through the years, there have been numerous accounts of paranormal activity, strange sounds and unexplained orbs of light. Some of the mysterious sights are said to be Harvey Parker, the hotel’s owner whose ghost has been seen roaming the halls, walking through walls and even appearing at the foot of the bed in several rooms. Other ghostly encounters could belong to other spirits attached to the iconic hotel, including the man who committed suicide there in 1949 and five students who were accidentally killed on the grounds in 1770.

Boston Common - Strange & Spooky Sightings
Considered by many to be the most haunted place in the city, Boston Common is where public hangings were held until 1817 and where many Boston inhabitants who were executed or witnessed them are rumored to still be hauntingly present.

As the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour journeys through the shadowy streets of Boston, you’ll hear the accounts of the two 19th century women whose spirits have been seen walking down the street arm-in-arm and the ghost of the young woman dressed in black - all of whom vanish when you get close to them.

Gravediggers - the Leaders of Your Frightful Adventure
Ghosts and Gravestones is no ordinary ghost tour; so it’s only fitting that it be led by an extraordinary guide. The Gravediggers are Boston history experts who love to share and scare. They do more than act out their part, they assume the personality, style and dress of their characters. From the moment you meet them in their costumed attire, you’ll feel you’re in the company of a cursed privateer, a deranged nanny, a homicidal opera diva, a pyromaniac circus ringleader - or whoever you are lucky enough to be guided by that night. There are many different Gravediggers so no two tours are ever the same. Guests come over and over for a new terrifying experience.

Halloween Has Never Been So Creepy
Trick or treat is child’s play - and now that you’re all grown up, there’s no better way to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than on the Trolley of the Doomed. Wear your costume and enjoy a night of apparitions, frightening accounts of murder, mysterious sights, chilling sounds and more. Of course, anytime is a good time for a Ghost Tour; so Boston’s Ghosts and Gravestones is ready to transport you to the next dimension April through October.

A city brimming with such a rich past has to have secrets. Discover the truth about the many legendary and disreputable characters and events that plagued Boston in its early days. Have a supernatural experience of your own while you’re at it.

 
     
     
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