Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in Key West, FL

Historic Tours of America501 Front Street Key West, FL 33040
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Overview

Key West has quite a spooky history. Join this eerie tour through the Key West and hear the sinister stories of the past. From murder to mayhem, this tour is not for the faint of heart. Try not to tremble as you walk past the island’s most haunted places including the Porter Mansion, the Marrero House, the Hanging Tree, and more. This 90-minute tour is not suitable for visitors under the age of 13.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Key West Travel Experts
  • Guests must be 13 or older to participate.
  • The tour is approximately 90-minutes long.
  • Tours depart from 501 Front Street (Corner of Duval and Front St).
  • You must check-in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
  • The tour accommodates up to 30 people.

Description

from Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Key West
Ghosts & Gravestones of Key West offers guests an evening adventure exploring Key West's strange and macabre past. Learn the sinister story of creepy Count Karl Von Cosel and his dearly departed bride Elena Mesa. Hear tales of lynching, island superstitions, clandestine burials, murder and mayhem.

Your tour will travel past many of the island's most haunted locations ~ the Marrero House, the Porter Mansion, and even the Hanging Tree! Of particular interest will be the former home of Robert Eugene Otto, aka the Artist's House. There, imprisoned in the attic by Dr. Otto's wife, Robert the Doll suffered the abandonment of his lifelong companion, and his mischievous ways took a more sinister turn. The Trolley of the Doomed will then take you to explore the eerie East Martello Fort where guests will meet Robert the Doll ~ Key West's Most Cursed Resident!

Hear the complete story; feel the energy. Is Robert possessed? Enter his world and judge for yourself as you stand face to face in his room at the East Martello Tower. Take his picture if you dare, but do not disparage him or else suffer the consequences!

Step aboard the Trolley of the Doomed and let your Ghost Host guide you on an unforgettable adventure into the unknown.... if you dare.

Operating Times:
Times vary according to date. Guests must check-in 30 minutes prior to tour time. Within 15 minutes of tour time, seat(s) are subject to cancellation. Tours do not run on July 4th, during Fantasy Fest weekend in October, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Duration: 90 minutes
Booth Location: 501 Front Street (Corner of Duval and Front St )
Age Requirements: The Tour is rated PG-13. Tour may not be suitable for children under 13.

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Stubby8
Redland, Maryland
"Get your ticket early in the day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019
Hop on and hop off at stops and use to save a few steps. But they shut down at 4 or 5. We just made one loop and utilized to get an idea of where everything was and got some good history of the place too. One stop you can get off use the bathroom and grab some ice cream and get back on the same train. Pay attention and you can keep your bearings when walking around.
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mikesN2967EJ
"Great walking tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2019
The tour guide, Sharry was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. It was a very good 2 hour overview of the history of Key West. It concentrated mainly around Mallory Square and the Truman Annex. Worth the $18 per person.
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626lloydm
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
"Sunday 2/4 in KW"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2019
Well it was Sunday and hot. Unfortunately our first wait for a tour bus at stop 12 was pretty long. However, give attendant credit he solved the problem. Once we got to station 1 no problems. I think it was a little expensive but do recommend. Probably the best way to see almost all of KW in a short period of time. We bought two day passes. Much better wait on Monday. So, I recommend trying at least once.
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Daniel C
"Manny the driver was awesome!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2018
I was part of a friends and family holiday lights tour and Manny was our driver. He made the experience a fun one and I hope to be able to ride with him again. I will be recommending everyone to ask for him to drive for them!
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semajer
Marlton, United States
"A must do "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2018
I highly recommend this tour if it is your first time to key west. It will give you a great idea of where things and history of the island. It is a hands down must do.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Key West

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 90 minutes long.

Is the tour appropriate for children?
No. Guests must be 13 years of age or older to join the tour.

Where does the tour begin?
Tours begin at the booth located at 501 Front Street at the corner of Duval and Front Street.

When should I arrive for my tour?
Please check-in no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Guests who fail to do so risk forfeiting their tour spot.

Where should I park for the tour?
The following parking garages are nearby the meeting point:

Mallory Square parking lot
Address: 412 Wall Street
$4/hour, $32/day maximum

Westin Resort & Marina
Address: 245 Front Street - Map
$4/hour, $32/day maximum

In certain areas, free, non-metered parking is available. Do not park in areas labeled “residential” as this requires a specific permit.

What is the average size of the tour?
The tour can accommodate up to 30 people.

What happens if it rains?
We make every attempt to conduct the tours. If weather conditions become severe, the tour may be canceled. Cancelled tours may be rescheduled or refunded.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Reasonable accommodations for guests with handicaps or wheelchairs will be made. The walking portion of the tour involves uneven terrain inside a Civil War-era fort at night.

How much walking is required?
Minimal walking is required to and from the trolley and the East Martello Fort. Inside, however, some of the walking is on gravel.  

Are the stories told on the tour true?
Absolutely. The stories are based on local legend and lore and have been historically researched. The stories weave together the history and haunted tales associated with the sites.  

Can I bring my camera on the tour?
Yes.

Will I see a ghost?
Supernatural sightings cannot be guaranteed… but that never rules out the possibility!

Can I bring food and drinks with me on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.