10 Haunted Places in Florida You Can Visit Today

I’ve been a Florida resident since my family moved here in 1989 (with the exception of my college years). Needless to say, with an obvious passion for travel, I’ve spent some time exploring this enormous state. That’s why I thought it would be fitting to share with you some of the more peculiar places in the ‘sunshine state’ like haunted places in Florida that you can actually visit! There are hundreds upon hundreds of places to explore, these are just some of the lesser known locations.

Haunted Places in Florida Visit them if You Dare

Haunted Places in Florida LIfeguard tower Jacksonville

Jacksonville lifeguard station

Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station

Now the home for the lifeguard station, this location has served as a makeshift hospital on occasion. Drowning victims have likely died here and the spirits of some are seen walking though doors. During one paranormal recording, a spirit reportedly stated that “drowning kills people”.

Haunted Places in Florida

1900 Building in Melbourne

1900 Building, Melbourne

The former Melbourne hotel, the ghost of a young lady named Amelia wanders the halls looking for her lost love. She lived and died at the hotel and it is often told that her lost love was a sea captain who never returned.

Ashley’s of Rockledge

The body of Ethel Allen was found on a nearby riverbank in 1934. She is said to have been either a regular or employee of Jack’s Tavern (now Ashley’s). Sightings in the ladies room, whispers and objects moved after closing are just some of the ways that staff and patrons have reported the presence of Ethel.

Haunted Places in Florida Kenilworth

Kenilworth Lodge, Sebring

Kenilworth Lodge, Sebring

Visitors and staff report strange noises, voices and sightings. Doors open and close all on their own and some guests report people getting into bed with them. The ghost of a former manager from the 1950’s, George Parker, is seen walking the halls late at night.

Haunted Places in Florida Hamburger Mary's

Hamburger Mary’s, Orlando

Hamburger Mary’s, Orlando

Originally built in the 1880’s, this bar and grill used to be a hardware store. Staff report seeing a little girl dressed in the Victorian style skipping on the sidewalk and tapping at the windows.

Humanities Building, Florida Atlantic University

There is said to be a ghost here who has been seen near the amphitheater who is crying and disappears when approached. One security person reported locking all of the doors on the third floor, then going down to the second floor. When he arrived there, he heard footsteps running on the third floor and doors slamming. When he and another guard went to check, everything was quiet and as it should be.

Ma Barker’s House, Ocklawaha

Ma “Kate” Barker, who was listed as the #1 most wanted fugitive in the United States and one of her sons died here following a shoot-out with authorities. The spirits of the Barkers are said to still haunt the home place.

Haunted Places in Florida Pritchard

Pritchard House, Titusville

Pritchard House, Titusville

There are several ghosts of the former inhabitants of the house, the Pritchard family, that are said to haunt this house. Strange noises, objects moving and broken grandfather clocks still sounding are among the phenomena that have been observed.

*****UPDATE***** I have been asked repeatedly by the owners of this home to remove this from the list. They claim the home is NOT haunted. However, if you google search ‘Pritchard house Titusville FL haunted’ you will find pages of information on its haunting. I have never been to this home and have no first-hand accounts of a haunting. I’m just here to bring you information as it comes to me. So there you have both sides. Do what you may with it. Note that they don’t allow investigations or photos. Probably because they are haunted AF.

Haunted Places in Florida Seven Sisters Inn

Seven Sisters Inn, Ocala

Seven Sister’s Inn, Ocala

Multiple spirits have been seen and heard here. They are often seen going through the walls and doors. Apparently one spirit loves to steal people’s shoes, so beware! This is an active operating hotel, so might be a good place to stay for Halloween!

Haunted Places in Florida St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Shadows and figures have been seen all over this landmark. Three children were killed here while it was being built and guests report hearing children’s laughter and someone pulling on their clothes, like a small child would. Others report the smell of cigar smoke and seeing former keepers and the daughters of a keeper who died when they slipped on wet rocks and fell into the ocean.

If you’re brave enough to visit these haunted places in Florida I’d be willing to be you’d have an interesting story to tell. With all the history Florida has, there’s no doubt you’ll find some haunted places of your own!

Tell us about the haunted places in Florida you’ve visited in the comments below!


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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

10 Comments on this post

  1. You forgot the Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables. There was a shoot out with the mafia on the 13th floor. It was a hospital during the war bodies were dumped in the cellar amninsame asylum too the shut down completely renovated and is a working hotel now. Someone jumps from the roof but no body is ever found, there is a lady in a wedding gown crying in the organ room and ghosts get into bed with people at night. Lights go off and light bulbs explode.

    Heidi / Reply
  2. Fort Desoto is haunted also. I was driving on the road just looking around and the sun had already started going down and then my granddaughter took pictures of the land .When we got home I saw what she posted and you could see men in armor carrying lantern’s and no feet. It was awesome. I even contacted Ghost hunters but they never got back with me. II still have the pictures

    Charlotte Radwan / Reply
  3. Once again, The Pritchard House in Titusville is NOT haunted. There have NEVER been reports of paranormal activity and those tours are not offered. This building must be deleted from this site. It is offensive and disrespectful to family members to have their home portrayed as haunted!

    Florence Cupples / Reply
    • Question, have you emailed and harassed the comment sections of all 1,540 google results for ‘Pritchard house Titusville FL haunted’? Or are you just hounding me? I didn’t invent this story, I’m just reporting it…. just curious.

      • This is the most recent site that callers wanting “paranormal tours” refer to when they call. I am not hounding you. The family and Board of Directors want the image and information removed. The house is NOT haunted.

        Florence Cupples / (in reply to Christa Thompson) Reply
      • p.s. It is interesting to note that not everything on the Internet is accurate or true…

        Florence Cupples / (in reply to Christa Thompson) Reply
  4. The Pritchard House in not haunted, but just across the street is the Emma Parrish Theatre with a history full of hauntings.

    Jes Carnello / Reply

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