Haunted Guide St. Augustine
Europe’s siren song lures vacationers from all over the world. With its bustling cities, pastoral countryside and centuries-old history, it’s easy to see why. The good news is there are plenty of destinations right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. that exude the same old-world charm of some of Europe’s most celebrated cities. One of them was established over 500 years ago by Spanish settlers, and it stands today as the oldest city in the United States. For your next family vacation, St. Augustine, Florida, is more than worth the visit. Check out our top picks for nighttime, family-friendly fun in the Ancient City!
The Ponce de Leon hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888, was a true masterpiece that combined luxury and art in one of the most beautiful locations in Florida — St. Augustine. Flagler’s love for art was reflected in every detail, from the carefully selected pieces of art that adorned the halls to the stunning architectural design that included spacious rooms, a courtyard with a fountain and a spectacular dining room. When it opened to the public, the hotel was ahead of its time with electric lighting, fans and elevators — innovations that set the standard for the hotel industry. It was also one of the first buildings in America to have an electric fire alarm system.
The Ancient City, St. Augustine, is the oldest city in the United States and was founded by Don Pedro de Aviles of Spain in 1585.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse began guiding ships at sea into shore in 1874 and as it stands today, is the oldest brick structure in the city.
With more than 400 years of history under its belt, St. Augustine offers visitors a vacation’s worth of historical attractions to discover.
In studying history, most folks quickly realize that real life events are much more fascinating than any fictional account. In fact, some St. Augustine Ghost Stories are so bizarre that they could only happen in real life…
With such a long and rich heritage, it’s not surprising that the ancient city is also known as one of the most haunted in the country.
Florida’s St. Augustine is ‘the nation’s oldest city.’ The city itself dates all the way back to 1565. There are stretches of beautiful beaches, restaurants, outdoor experiences, history as far as the eye can see and a famous Inn that continues to tell the city’s history through its apparitions. Part of the city’s centuries old-history is their ghoulish and ghostly hauntings. Some head to this northern Floridian city for beaches and flip-flop filled vacations while others come for the peculiar, the possible and the paranormal activities.
The Casablanca Inn was built in 1914 and is considered by many to be one of the most haunted spots in St. Augustine
Established in 1821, this ancient St. Augustine Cemetery is located just across from the City Gates. It was opened to serve as the final resting place of those in the city who were not Catholic.
As the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is known for its ancient architecture, rich heritage and pristine beaches. With more than four centuries of history, it’s no surprise that this beautiful coastal town also has its share of haunted tales. When touring the Old Jail, wandering around the Flagler College campus and exploring the quaint streets, remember that you may not be alone.
This facility would not only house inmates, but also the sheriff and his family. According to accounts, the original jail was not only an eyesore, it was within view from one of Flagler’s luxurious St. Augustine hotels.
Take your seat aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and be ready to be afraid… very afraid. St. Augustine’s most frightening Ghost Tour is very popular during the ghoulish holiday so make your reservations well in advance for St. Augustine Halloween. Read on for more events.