Monday, April 27, 2009

Ghost Hunting in St. Augustine, Florida

Looking for ghosts has become big business in America's oldest city.

Spend a little time walking the streets of St. Augustine after dark and you are bound to encounter one of the many ghost tours operating in the city. These guided excursions take visitors out in search of the restless spirits that many claim still roam the streets, cemeteries and buildings of the old Spanish city.

St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and, as you might expect, it has more than its share of ghost stories. There are stories of murder victims, soldiers killed in battle, fever victims and many others.

There are both walking and tram tours offered by several different companies, including Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.

The Ripley's tour is pretty campy. Guided by costumed narrators, it takes participants to the Fountain of Youth Park for ghost stories, followed by a visit to an old cemetery for more stories. Perhaps the most interesting part of the tour, however, is the chance it offers to roam around a bit inside Warden Castle, the home of the Ripley's museum and an extremely spooky place after dark.

The museum is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was murdered there and visitors often report capturing strange effects in their photographs.

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