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Top Haunted Graveyard Tours In South Florida

October 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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Ghost Tour of Coconut Grove (Source: www.ghostgrove.com)

Ghost Tour of Coconut Grove (Source: http://www.ghostgrove.com)

South Florida is well known for its lively, vibrant atmosphere, which is a big part of the area’s extensive history. There’s also a dark side where the spirits of yesteryear drape over the more cryptic areas. When you think of haunted, cemeteries are always at the top of the list. This “best of” list highlights excellent graveyard tours in the area. Whether it’s to celebrate the centuries-old Pagan holiday of Halloween or it’s just to have a night of fright any time of the year, the options on this list promise to deliver a truly haunting experience.

Coconut Grove Ghost Tour

(Departs from the Coconut Grove Playhouse)
3500 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(786) 236-9979
www.ghostgrove.com

On this two-hour tour, patrons are guided through some of the neighborhood’s most haunted spots. The Coconut Grove Cemetery is one of the star attractions of this tour. Graves date back to the early 1900s and this spot serves as the burial site for many Bahamian immigrants that populated the Grove. It’s also on record for housing the oldest grave in the city of Miami as well as for being the set of the world famous “Thriller” video by Michael Jackson. Walking through the cemetery gives the eerie, cryptic feeling one anticipates on a tour like this.

CocoWalk

3015 Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 444-0777
www.cocowalk.net

Going to CocoWalk gives you an experience that’s totally opposite of what you’d find on the ghost tour. CocoWalk is lively and festive. There are several options for dining and shopping. Neighboring shops and restaurants extend the list of available options to enjoy before or after the tour. The best part is that it’s within walking distance of the start of the tour. Five minutes is all that it takes to get there.

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Ghosts Of Miami Cemetery Walk

(Operated by History Miami)
101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-1621
www.historymiami.org

Date: October 26

As part of the walking tour events hosted by History Miami, this tour represents another side of the area that highlights historical facts with mythical intrigue. Many of the famous figures of Miami like Julia Tuttle are buried at the City of Miami Cemetery. The graves of war veterans from the Civil War and World War I can also be found here. The 125-year-old historical landmark is believed to have a “spiritual” presence, which further adds to its qualification as a haunted place. Since this is a Halloween-inspired event, patrons can wear costumes to add to the experience.

Places Nearby

Biscayne Blvd. and N.E. 17th St.

If you need a food break, both a Burger King and a Checkers restaurant sit on this corner (the restaurants are across the street from each other). Near the old Omni Mall and Shops, this area provides an impromptu encounter with another part of Miami’s past. Just a couple of blocks north are a series of eateries and shops on the ground floor of newly built condominiums. A couple of blocks south is the famous Miami Herald building. A couple of blocks to the east sits Biscayne Bay, great for anyone looking for some sightseeing before or after the tour.

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For nearly 20 years, Shawanda James has been actively involved in creative writing in Miami, Florida. In addition to her work as a freelance writer, she is actively seeking publication for her debut novel and collection of poetry. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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