10 Best Ghost Tours: Discover Why Savannah's Considered One of the Most Haunted Cities in America

What’s scarier than spending an evening looking for ghosts in Savannah’s Historic District? Trying to wade through the more than two dozen ghost tours offered in the city. Savannah, considered by many to be one of the most haunted cities in America, is overflowing with ghost tours, and each one is better than the next. So which tour is the scariest? Are there tours appropriate for children? Do any tours make pit stops in Savannah’s haunted pubs? Fortunately 10best has come to the rescue to help you pick the perfect ghost tour to make your vacation unforgettable. One of the best ghost tours in the city is Blue Orb’s Zombies Tour, a bone-chilling tour that will leave you both mesmerized and terrified. If you’ve always wanted to visit a cemetery after hours, then be sure to book a tour with Shannon Scott, an expert storyteller who gives guests the unique opportunity to tour Bonaventure Cemetery after the gates close. Savannah Ghost Walks, Sixth Sense Savannah and Ghost Talk Ghost Walk all offer tours that are perfect for families traveling with mature children. If you’d like to have a few adult beverages on your tour—or if you require them in order to open your mind—then be sure to check out Tara Haunted Tours’ Boos and Brews tour and Savannah Tours by Foot’s Creepy Crawl. And for an experience you’ll never forget, book a tour with Hearse Ghost Tours, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to tour the city aboard an actual hearse.

10 Savannah Movie Tours and More
If you want to be comfortable while you're getting spooked, then be sure to book Savannah Movie Tours and More's Riding Scary Ghost Tour. The tour, which takes place aboard a luxury, climate-controlled minibus equipped with LCD screens, takes guests around the Historic District, visiting some of the most haunted locales in town. The 90-minute tour leaves from the Pirate's House restaurant, a building with its own haunted past, and stops at several locales, including Colonial Park Cemetery. Guests who prefer to explore haunted Savannah on foot will enjoy the Walking Ghost Tour, a 90-minute walking tour that visits haunted Downtown locales. (912-234-3440)

9 Ghost Talk Ghost Walk
This popular and reasonably priced walking tour, which was featured on the History Channel's show Haunted Savannah, takes a lighthearted and original look at the Historic District's most haunted spots. Using stories from Margaret DeBolt's book Savannah Spectres and Other Strange Tales and incorporating studies from Duke University and actual interviews with Savannah residents, Ghost Talk Ghost Walk introduces guests to they city's haunted history and offers proof from the great beyond. The tour departs nightly from the John Wesley's monument in Reynolds Square on Abercorn Street and times vary; call ahead to find out times and reserve a spot. (912-233-3896, 800-563-3896)

8 Savannah Tours by Foot
Savannah Tours By Foot's Creepy Crawl, a walking tour of Savannah's most haunted pubs, is a must for tour-goers who like to wash down their ghost stories with a glass of ale. During the two-and-a-half-hour guided tour, guests visit between five and seven of the Historic District's most haunted bars and pubs, where they have the opportunity to enjoy libations while hearing about the establishments' spooky pasts. For a more family-friendly tour, check out the Creepy Stroll, a one-and-a-half-hour walk through Savannah's haunted streets. Reservations for both tours can be made online on the Savannah Tours by Foot's website. (912-238-3843)

7 Savannah Ghost Walks
Savannah Ghost Walks takes a multicultural approach to haunted Savannah, teaching guests about African Hoodoo, Irish and Native American beliefs and practices while giving them an in-depth, informative ghost tour of the Historic District. The company offers two tours of the city: a daily Ghosts of Savannah tour for mature children and adults and a daily 10:30 p.m. G.H.O.S.T. Ghost Hunters of Savannah adults-only tour. Savannah Ghost Walks is owned and operated by Chase Anderson, a ghost-hunting veteran and founding member of the Savannah Paranormal Foundation, who boasts more than 30 years of ghostly encounters and has done an extensive amount of historical and paranormal research. ((912) 508-1234)

6 Hearse Ghost Tours
Savannah offers some two dozen ghost tours, but only one transports passengers around town in an actual hearse. Hearse Ghost Tours take place in a real hearse--one that is guaranteed to have been in service for at least 15 years. With the bodies and caskets long gone, the hearse proves the perfect vehicle to tour Savannah's haunted Historic District. The hearse has been tricked out and converted into an open-air vehicle, complete with a canopy to protect tour-goers from the elements. Throughout the guided hour-and-a-half tour, guests pass by cemeteries and haunted buildings, learning about Savannah's grisly and eerie history. Reservations are required. (912-695-1578)

5 Southern Strolls Walking Tours
Southern Strolls Walking Tour's Savannah Ghost Stroll, a popular and affordable paranormal tour, is a great choice for visitors interested in the city's haunted history. The guided tour, which is held two or three times a night Monday through Saturday depending on the season, includes entertaining ghost stories, anecdotes about Savannah's bloody history and stops at some of the Historic District's most haunted spots. Spooky locales on the walking tour include Colonial Park Cemetery, a final resting place for numerous historical local figures, and a haunted house on West Oglethorpe Street, where many tour-goers have reported ghost sightings. Reservations are required. (877-703-9225)

4 Tara Haunted Tours
If you'd like some spirits to go along with your spirits, then check out Tara Haunted Tours' signature Boos and Brews Walking Ghost Tour. The popular tour is a favorite among tour-goers for its spooky yet lighthearted stories and pit stops at the city's most haunted pubs. The adults-only walking tour departs nightly at 8 p.m., and drinks must be purchased separately at each stop. Tara Haunted Tours also offers a guided Scenic Haunted Savannah Tour for groups of 10 or more. Customized walking tours are available, including a birthday tour, family-friendly tour, haunted wedding tour and pub crawl tour. Owner and operator Tara Ryan, whose family history in Savannah dates back to the 1840s, is the seventh generation in her family to experience ghostly encounters. She has been featured on several paranormal TV shows, including TLC's Ghost Intervention, A&E's My Ghost Story and Syfy's Ghost Hunters International. (912-897-1973)

3 Sixth Sense Savannah
This popular ghost tour has been sending chills up the spines of tour-goers since 1995. Sixth Sense offers several tours of Savannah's haunted Historic District, including a family-friendly tour that departs at 7 p.m. and an 18-and-up tour that begins at 9:30 p.m. Both tours depart from Clary's Café on 404 Abercorn Street, and parking is free. During the two-hour walking tour, participants cover about half a mile, exploring the city's haunted history and learning about poltergeists, shadow people, orbs, exorcisms, tunnels, root doctors, voodoo and more. Sixth Sense also offers a tour of Savannah's famed Bonaventure Cemetery. Advanced reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased online via the Sixth Sense website or by phone. (866-666-3323)

2 Shannon Scott Journeys
While a self-guided tour of Savannah's famed Bonaventure Cemetery is a worthwhile experience, there's no better way to learn about the cemetery and its haunted past than by booking a tour with Shannon Scott. Scott's Journeys tours include a Bonaventure By Day tour and a Bonaventure: After Hours tour. The latter is a truly unique experience, giving participants a rare opportunity to visit the cemetery when the gates are locked. Scott's engaging storytelling and detailed knowledge of Bonaventure and Savannah history make the spooky tour an unforgettable experience. For another one-of-a-kind experience, check out Scott's Paranormalist Tour, a customized haunted tour of the city. Reservations for all tours are required. (912-604-4423)

1 Blue Orb Ghost Tours
Blue Orb holds the distinction of being one of the most credible and bone chilling ghost tours in town, thanks in part to owner and guide Tobias McGriff's authentic documentation and captivating delivery. During the City of the Dead Tour, a 90-minute nightly walking tour, guests visit haunted locations in the Historic District, including Colonial Park Cemetery and the Hampton Lillibridge House, and learn about the local impact of events such as the Revolutionary War and Yellow Fever epidemic. The Zombies Tour, a two-hour, uncensored walking tour for guests who are 18 and older, takes a creepier and more in-depth look at Savannah's haunted places. Blue Orb's newest tour, the Savannah Shadows Book Tour, is a two-hour tour held only on Thursday nights that explores locations featured in McGriff's new book, Savannah Shadows: Tales from the Midnight Zombie Tour. Reservations are required for all tours. (912-344-0864, 855-258-3672)


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