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During the day, it may seem like a quaint southern town, but Savannah, Georgia, is purportedly one of America’s most haunted cities. The city’s ghostly reputation may be related to the bloody Civil War, the yellow fever epidemics of 1820 and 1876, or the numerous murders that took place throughout its history. These chilling tales make Savannah the perfect backdrop for ghost tours. Below, you’ll find nine of the best tours in town, compiled using both expert input and traveler sentiment. These tours cater to all crowds, from families with kids to those who want a little liquid courage before they seek the paranormal.
Ghost City Tours – Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl
This adults-only (21 and older) evening pub crawl takes travelers to some of the city’s most haunted pubs and taverns. During the roughly two-hour tour, guides share creepy tales about each bar stop. You’ll also hear stories of murder and hoodoo. Thanks to Savannah’s lack of open container laws, you can take an alcoholic beverage with you and imbibe along the way. Most reviewers say the tour provides a fun outing and the ghost stories are entertaining. Others complain of busy bars and expensive drinks. Tours run daily at 8 and 9 p.m., with additional tour times on the weekends. Tickets cost approximately $30 per person. For a more family-friendly experience, consider the company’s Grave Tales Tour.
Genteel & Bard – Ghost Encounter Tour
Visit some of Savannah’s most haunted locales on this spine-chilling experience. Over the course of two hours and nearly a mile, a local guide will take groups of no more than 22 people through the city, spinning tales about Colonial Park Cemetery and the Sorrel Weed House, among other historic landmarks. Note that the entire tour takes place outside – you do not actually go into any buildings. As an added bonus, the guide wears a microphone and each tourgoer receives their own personal earbuds with a wireless receiver so that they don’t miss one scary story. Reviewers mention that guides are passionate, entertaining and great storytellers. They also appreciate the earbuds as there is never an issue with hearing. Genteel & Bard generally offers its ghost tour at 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday though additional tours may be available depending on the month. Tickets start at $30 per person. The company also offers history walking tours of Savannah.
Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tours – Savannah Shadows
Blue Orb’s Savannah Shadows tour is based on the book of the same name written by the company’s founder, Tobias McGriff. This 90-minute tour is suitable for all ages and stops at locations known for their paranormal activity, such as the Hanging Square (generally known as Wright Square). Tickets cost approximately $25. Tours are typically offered Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Many reviewers comment that the tour offers the right mix of history and storytelling, along with chilling details. Others say that though the tales are spooky, they aren’t too scary for kids. For a real thrill, the company offers an adults-only Zombie Tour that focuses on the voodoo concept of the walking undead.
Savannah Ghostwalker Tour
During this 2 1/2-hour tour, guides (or “ghostwalkers”) lead you down live oak-lined streets past haunted antebellum homes to battlefields and hidden cemeteries where paranormal events are a common occurrence. As you walk, ghostwalkers recount the scary stories of Savannah’s eerie past. You can even search for otherworldly activity with your own “ghost-hunting” equipment. Travelers enjoy guides’ ability to highlight the city’s historical facts in their ghost stories. Visitors also say that the electromagnetic field meters add a fun twist to the tour. Tours run nightly at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $35 per person. Savannah Ghostwalker limits its tours to 15 people.
Old Town Trolley Tours – Ghost and Gravestones Tour
On the Ghosts and Gravestones trolley tour, you’ll drive by cemeteries, squares and mansions known for their ghostly residents. Along the way, you’ll visit two of Savannah’s most haunted locales: the Andrew Low House and Perkins & Sons Ship Chandlery. The chandlery is located on River Street, which is considered a hotbed of paranormal activity. According to some reviewers, the tour guide’s theatrics are cheesy rather than scary. Travelers also warn the chandlery is set up like a haunted house, so you’ll want to prepare young children for some startling surprises. The company rates its tour PG-13, though several reviewers say it’s family-friendly. Children must be 6 or older, and no one younger than 12 can ride without the supervision of an adult. Tours depart nightly at various times starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $33 for adults and $16 for children ages 6 to 12. The company also offers one- and two-day trolley sightseeing tours during the day.
Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour
This walking tour claims to be Savannah’s oldest haunted pub tour. During the roughly two-hour tour, you’ll stop at four or more drinking establishments known for their paranormal activity. Grab a beverage to go and sip them as you visit pubs and hear ghoulish tales about some of the city’s notable haunted sites. Most reviewers enjoy the experience and find the guides entertaining. However, a few remark that it is difficult to hear the guides in a loud bar setting. Tours are offered nightly at 8 or 8:30 p.m., with an additional 9 p.m. tour on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets cost approximately $30 per person and participants must be 21 or older. Tickets do not include alcoholic beverages, but do include a souvenir koozie. The company also offers 5 p.m. happy hour tours and private bookings.
Drive through Savannah’s spookiest cemeteries and pass through parts of the Historic District in an open-air hearse once used by funeral parlors. Tours are private; the hearses can accommodate up to eight tourgoers. Some reviewers say the guides are funny and entertaining, while others complain the stories lack depth and are not scary. Tours, which last up to 90 minutes, are offered at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily and have several pickup locations around Savannah, primarily at various hotels around the Historic District. Tours for groups of five or more cost $100; for parties of six to eight people, it costs an additional $20 per person. Due to the bumpy nature of riding in a hearse on cobblestone streets, this tour is not recommended for pregnant women.
Shannon Scott Tours – Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Tour
What could be more spine-chilling than being locked behind the gates of Bonaventure Cemetery? On this after-hours cemetery tour, you’ll spend an evening listening to humorous and macabre tales of romance and death featuring the city’s most notable deceased residents. Reviewers rave about this tour and guide Shannon Scott’s storytelling ability: many travelers find him mesmerizing. Tours run Saturdays at 5 p.m. and last approximately three hours. Tickets start at around $45 per person. Prefer to explore the cemetery while it’s still light out? The company also offers cemetery tours during the day.
6th Sense World – Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tour
According to reviewers, it’s the entertaining guides that set 6th Sense World apart from other ghost tour operators in the city. During the company’s two-hour ghost tour, you’ll hear spooky tales about some of the city’s most haunted locales, including the Mercer-Williams House, the Hamilton-Turner Inn and the Candler Hospital, among others. Participants describe the tour as creepy, engaging and educational. Tours run nightly at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The 7 p.m. tour welcomes all ages, but the 9:30 p.m. tour is restricted to participants 16 and older. Tickets for the 7 p.m. tour start at $25 per person; tickets for the 9:30 p.m. tour start at $30. Discounts are available for members of the military. The company also offers a daytime tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, among other options.