Got Ghosts? With 4 top rated Key West ghost tours to choose from, Key West is not short on scary.
If you love learning about Key West’s haunted past, you gotta check out one of the nightly Key West ghost tours. Originally called “Cayo Hueso,” the literal translation of which is “Bone Island,” Key West is rumored to have been littered with bones from prior inhabitants. Even as late as 2010, new remains have been discovered at the African Burial Ground at Higgs Beach. Thanks to hurricanes, disease, pirates and more, the island is considered one of the most haunted cities in America.
Remember our marketing intern, Anvita? Not only did she research the best Key Lime Pie in Key West, but she also relishes a good ghost story. She was thrilled to be given the task of researching the best haunted tour. Here’s what you can expect from each of our top Key West ghost tours.
As the name hints, this tour is the most interactive of them all and will have you “hunting” for ghosts with the best of ‘em! Sloan’s Ghost Hunt meets nightly in front of Kelly’s Caribbean Grill on Whitehead Street. While your tour guide leads you through Old Town, you’ll attempt to conjure spirits with electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, flashlights, thermal scanners, a divining rod, and a Raggedy Anne Doll (creepy!). This ghost hunt includes 10+ downtown locations, including a stop at the gardens of Old Town Manor (yep, we’re “The Doctor’s Inn” on their itinerary!).
The most popular of the Key West Ghost Tours, this walking tour departs nightly from 430 Greene Street. Though this tour is not focused on being interactive, participants are given EMF meters to help them find spirits along the downtown route.
Unlike the Ghost Hunt, this tour includes stops at the hanging tree inside Captain Tony’s Saloon and the Dean Lopez Funeral Home where your guide will provide a detailed description of the bizzare Count Von Cosel love story.
Frommer’s and The Travel Channel both agree that this tour is a “must-do” in Key West. The only non-walking tour on our list, the trolley allows you to sit back and relax while listening to Key West’s darkest tales. Tours depart nightly from the corner of Front & Duval Street.
Since the trolley can cover more ground than a walking tour, this tour also gives you the unique experience of visiting the Fort East Martello Museum, where you’ll get EMR readers and take photos looking for orbs. This is the only tour where you’ll meet Robert the Doll face to (creepy doll) face.
Unlike the rest of the Key West ghost tours, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Key West offers a ghost hunt after-hours in their private museum. The “Haunted Lock Down” is focused solely on the spirits within the building and their connection to their historic artifacts. Each participant will watch for orbs and explore exhibits with an EMR readers and laser grid.
Be on the lookout for Lily, a little girl who likes to run around and haunt the museum. But the monkey skull necklace once adorned by a witchdoctor in a cannibalistic tribe is our favorite.
As you can see, there are plenty of Key West ghost tours available on a nightly basis. The walking tours and Ripley’s allow an inside look at each haunted site while the trolley transports you to the other side of the island to see the famous Robert the Doll. The starting points for each tour is steps from Old Town Manor. Still can’t decide? Try them all and tell us know your favorite!