There are few things in life more thrilling than experiencing a little bit of the unexplained. If you’re looking for a spine-tingling, hair-raising experience on your next Florida Keys road trip, then take a look at these spooky Key West ghost tours! Key West is considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States. It certainly has a dark side, with terrifying tales of ghosts and spirits lurking in every corner of the charming city. From historic Old Town to haunted pub crawls and museums, Key West ghost tours revel in the city’s spooky past. But they also offer a look into the island that few visitors get to see. There are plenty of ways to get your fill of paranormal activity in Key West — whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled ghost tour or want to see some of these legendary spirits yourself!
This Civil War fort ghost tour is a genuine ghost hunt that features the Robert the Doll Experience created by ghost hunter and author David Sloan. Even seasoned ghost hunters pursue this adventure, and it’s one of the best Key West ghost tours you can take. Learn about the eerie history of the spirits of Civil War soldiers at the fort, Key West’s haunted history and Robert the Doll — the scariest doll in the world. It includes a 60-minute guided hunt, genuine ghost hunting equipment and a 25-minute lockdown with Robert the Doll.
Shipwrecks are a huge part of Key West’s history, and the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is filled with artifacts dating back to the 1600s. Wreckers and salvagers would recover precious cargo from ships, making a fortune overnight. And in the 1800s, it is partly how Key West became one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
This adult-only tour combines the fun of Key West ghost tours and a pub crawl into one. Your local tour guide will take you on a two-hour journey through the dark streets of Bone Island, stopping at three different haunted bars, where you get discounted drinks. There’s lots of time to chat with others in your group, as the walking pace of this tour is friendly and casual. At the end of your adventure, you’ll go home with a souvenir T-shirt, some unforgettable memories, and hopefully not nightmares!
One of the more creepy and unusual things to do in Key West involves a visit to the city cemetery. It was founded in 1847 following a hurricane that destroyed the previous graveyard. To prevent future flooding, they relocated it to Solares Hill. So, you can visit the gravesites and get a bit of a view at the same time. There are some very quirky gravestones in Key West, with the dearly departed proclaiming things such as “devoted fan of singer Julio Iglesias,” “Admiral, Conch Republic Navy” and “I’m just resting my eyes.”
If you’re searching for the kind of Key West that Jimmy Buffett sings about, with “a flashback kind of crowd,” you’ll find it at the inimitable Blue Heaven, one of the coolest and quirkiest places in the Conch Republic. It’s located on Petronia Street, which was once a makeshift neighborhood boxing ring. The likes of Ernest Hemingway himself spent many a night here fighting in the ring.
Fisher was a lifelong diver and treasure hunter whose 17-year quest finally hit pay dirt in 1985. His salvage crew recovered $450 million in buried treasure just offshore of the Key West coastline.