Haunted Places in Auburndale, Florida



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    Scotty's Distribution Center

    Winter Haven, Florida

    No longer a Scotty's Distribution Center, but back in the day there was supposedly the ghost of a forklift driver that would continually haunt this area - particularly on the 4th of March.


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    JPV Woods

    Winter Haven, Florida

    3.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Locals say if you go on the old dirt trail around midnight of August 13th, every year, you'll hear children screaming and crying for help.


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    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland, Florida

    9.8 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Vague tales from the night staff saying "eerie presences" touched or breathed on them.


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    Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

    Lakeland, Florida

    10 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Florida Southern College's chapel, one of the campus's famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, may be home to the ghost of Wright himself. Rumor has it that the chapel's choir screen was installed incorrectly, and Wright's apparition has been seen in the chapel, poring over the improperly placed choir screen.


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    Old Polk County Courthouse

    Bartow, Florida

    12.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The Old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow was built in 1909 on the foundations of the original courthouse, which dated back to the early 1880s. There are many claims here, including: - Screams from the basement (supposedly from a worker killed in an explosion on the site) - Apparitions appearing on ...


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    The Stanford Inn

    Bartow, Florida

    12.2 miles from Auburndale, FL

    A "noisy" apparition, believed to be a former owner named Lee Meriwether, is said to inhabit this quaint modern-day bed and breakfast. Doors also allegedly close on their own, and disembodied footsteps can be heard on the staircase. The Stanford Inn was featured the 1991 film "My Girl," starring Dan ...


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    Spook Hill

    Lake Wales, Florida

    16.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Spook Hill is a gravity hill (an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill) in Lake Wales, Florida. Spook Hill is located on the Lake Wales Ridge, a geologically significant range of sand and limestone hills, which were islands from two to three million years ago, when ...


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    Webber International University - Camilla Hall

    Babson Park, Florida

    22.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Camilla Hall, one of the girls-only dormitories at Webber International University, supposedly has a shadowy figure haunting the second floor.


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    Big Bamboo Lounge

    Kissimmee, Florida

    26.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The Big Bamboo Lounge was a Kissimmee institution, a popular hangout for Disney and ex-Disney employees as well as British expats. Unfortunately it was damaged during a hurricane and closed down for a while, during which time some vagrants moved in and accidentally burned it down. So it's ...


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    Disney World - Pirates of the Caribbean

    Orlando, Florida

    27.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Almost everyone's been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World... but did you know that many believe the ride is haunted? According to employees, a welder named George died while the ride was originally under construction in the 1970s. His ghost still lingers according to ...


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    Disney World - Haunted Mansion

    Orlando, Florida

    27.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion is said to be haunted by several entities including a ghostly man in a tuxedo and a limping pilot with a cane said to have crashed his plane on this spot in the 1940s. Urban legend tells of a little boy who was cremated ...


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    Susan's Courtside Café

    Kissimmee, Florida

    27.9 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Susan's Courtside Café is housed in a 1912 home, and is said to be haunted. The restaurant's rooms are themed with items from Kissimmee's past, including a firefighter room. Witnesses have seen eerie shadows and heard strange noises in the building at night.


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    James McCabe Theatre

    Valrico, Florida

    29.9 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Reports say that paranormal groups have offered ghost tours as fund-raisers here. The 1915 building, once the Valrico Civic Center and then a woman’s club, is rumored to have more than a few haunts. Witnesses have seen apparitions and heard strange sounds, and experienced other odd occurrences.


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    Osprey Links at Hunter's Creek

    Orlando, Florida

    30.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    At this apartment complex off of Town Center Boulevard and John Young Parkway, reports say a resident witnessed cold spots, lights turning on by themselves, and strange sounds. A shadowy form of a man was seen as well. The strange occurrences were attributed to the fact that the apartment is ...


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    Ghost Lights of Bereah Road

    Fort Meade, Florida

    30.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    You may have to wait for a while, but supposedly if you hang about at night near the four-way stop of W. Bereah Road and County Line Road in Frostproof, you'll see some eerie "Ghost Lights" approach your car.


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    Peabody Hotel

    Orlando, Florida

    31.7 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Built in 1986, the Peabody (famous for its marching ducks) was the second-tallest building in Orlando. There are claims that a number of people have committed suicide in the building over the years, and that their spirits can sometimes be seen roaming the hallways. The Peabody building still stands, but ...


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    Center Place

    Brandon, Florida

    31.8 miles from Auburndale, FL

    A spirit called (for some reason) "Matilda" is said to haunt this building. She was seen by at least one witness, and others claim to have either felt her presence or actually seen paintings and other objects move without explanation. Allegedly at one point local news reporters came ...


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    The Edwinola Hotel

    Dade City, Florida

    32.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Although this 1912 hotel is no longer in operation, the building remains in use to this day. Staff and tenants at living quarters in the current establishment have reported elevators operating by themselves, ghostly voices coming from empty rooms, and the smell of cigar smoke. Others working the night ...


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    The Fisherwoman of Lake Arcola

    Avon Park, Florida

    32.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Lake Arcola is no more - it dried up decades ago and is now mostly open fields with some water and a few small structures. And that's what makes it so weird that drivers on North Buckingham Road, which skirts the western edge of what used to be Lake ...


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    Ghost Lights of Heard Bridge Road

    Wauchula, Florida

    33.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    People have been reporting ghost lights since the 1950s on Heard Bridge Road in Fort Meade, as well as on Keller road, past Disong. We've marked the Keller Road location on the map below.


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    Crowne Plaza

    Orlando, Florida

    33.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    There are vague reports of a ghostly entity inhabiting room 621. A guest swore they saw a full-bodied apparition and insisted on switching rooms.


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    St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

    St. Cloud, Florida

    33.2 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Rattling, whistling, and unexplained shadows and footsteps have been detected in this 1910 building, formerly a bank. Rumor has it that the hauntings stem from incidents in the structure's past: a major bank robbery and a double homicide.


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    Hunter Arms Hotel

    Saint Cloud, Florida

    33.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    A ghost named Vivian is alleged to haunt the Hunter Arms Hotel. Strange noises and cold spots have been reported. Doors tend to slam when no one is around.


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    Harden House

    Clermont, Florida

    34.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The ghost that walks here is said to be John W. Hardin, who was shot to death in the back yard in 1975 sometime during or after his truck caught on fire. The mystery of who killed Hardin is unsolved, but his wife, Victoria Mango Hardin, claimed to see his ...


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    Super 8 International Drive

    Orlando, Florida

    34.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Room 206 has long been considered a haunted hot-spot in this Orlando hotel. Make the bed in this room and sometimes you'll find the faint imprint of a human form underneath the covers. Others swear they have felt someone in the bed with them, or that it starts ...


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    St. Leo University

    St. Leo, Florida

    34.1 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Not much information on this one - just that some stories have it that the ghost of a young woman is seen on campus, often walking through walls.


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    Hardee Correctional Institution

    Bowling Green, Florida

    35.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    There are vague reports of "voices" and a feeling like someone's walking just behind you at this correctional institution... though I'd venture to say its not uncommon to experience either in a high security prison!


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    Bloody Bucket Bridge

    Wauchula, Florida

    36.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    This spooky story starts more than a century ago with a slave midwife who was concerned that parents were having more babies than they could support. She is said to have smothered many babies and buried their bodies near the bridge. After many babies were killed, the midwife began to ...


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    The Mailman of Avon Park

    Avon Park, Florida

    36.9 miles from Auburndale, FL

    There have been persistent claims of seeing a ghostly mailman walking the streets near the intersection of Main Street and Lake Avenue, especially on foggy mornings. He disappears the moment you try to contact him.


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    Popash School

    Zolfo Springs, Florida

    37.7 miles from Auburndale, FL

    This eerie abandoned school building stood on the outskirts of Wauchula for years and years before it was finally demolished in 2008. Before it was torn down it was a favorite place for ghost hunters, as the sounds of children playing were constantly heard in the area, even when ...


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    HMS Architecture Building - USF Tampa

    Tampa, Florida

    37.8 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The fourth floor of this building - particularly room 469 - is considered to be haunted by a malevolent-feeling spirit by the late-night staff. Voices are heard, and on at least one occasion a wind-chime started jangling all by itself. One worker saw a spectral German Shepherd dog ...


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    Myrtle Hill Cemetery

    Tampa, Florida

    37.9 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The mausoleum here is supposedly haunted by a girl named Stephanie, who was killed in a car crash.


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    University of South Florida Library

    Tampa, Florida

    38 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Ghostly legend here tells of a young woman named Gottlieb, an English major who worked on the library's fourth floor, was found hanging from an oak tree. Foul play was suspected, and after that, strange things happened at the library. Book carts moved by themselves, automatic doors opened without being ...


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    Crown Colony House

    Tampa, Florida

    38.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Built in 1964, the Crown Colony is a four-story building offering both a full-service restaurant and quick-serve café. If the stories are true, the building also harbors a few ghosts. In 2008, officials at Busch Gardens invited Haunted South and select members of the media to explore the park’s Crown Colony ...


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    Haunted Creek down Jones Road

    St. Cloud, Florida

    39.4 miles from Auburndale, FL

    If you take Jones Road all the way down to the end and then continue on a dirt path you'll find the "haunted creek." Locals say a little boy died there years ago, and his spirit still haunts the creek. He seems to be an angry ghost and ...


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    Sunland Hospital Site - Orlando

    Orlando, Florida

    39.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    "Sunland Hospital" was demolished nearly two decades ago, but locals still know the story well. It was a treatment center for those with severe mental handicaps, and for many years it was a poorly-kept secret that the children there weren't treated with the very best of care. Finally ...


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    Ybor City Museum

    Tampa, Florida

    40.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Kim Cool mentions this haunting briefly in her book, "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay." The claim revolves around the Ybor City Museum gift shop, and a particular book that frequently moves to different places around the shelves, and sometimes even flies violently to the floor when no one is ...


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    Carmine's

    Tampa, Florida

    40.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    At least one waitress at Carmine's Restaurant in Tampa is convinced the place is haunted, according to Kim Cool in her book "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay." She swears she hears ghostly footsteps on the second floor, and every time someone goes up to investigate, no one is there.


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    Gaspar's Grotto

    Tampa, Florida

    40.3 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Haunted bars are a dime a dozen, but how many of them actually provide photographic proof that they're haunted? Gaspar's Grotto does - they proudly display two photos on their wall that may show the ghost of ... someone. No one's really sure what it shows, really, or if there's ...


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    L'Unione Italiana - The Italian Club

    Tampa, Florida

    40.4 miles from Auburndale, FL

    In this building, over a century old, folks say a ghost named Virginia sometimes makes an appearance on the front staircase. Reports say Virginia was once a member of the cleaning staff.


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    La France

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Apparently there's said to be a ghostly presence in this vintage clothing shop that likes to move items around on the racks, according to Kim Cool's excellent book, "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay."


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    Orange Hill Cemetery

    Orlando, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Although it hardly looks like it, this mostly empty-looking plot of land is actually a pauper's cemetery.  In fact, the cemetery was almost completely forgotten until county officials researching the area for possible development in 1996 discovered its true use in old documents.  Roughly 522 people were buried there between ...


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    El Centro Espanol - The Spanish Club

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The 1912 El Centro Espanol building is home to some strange occurrences. Folks say that the sound of crying babies can be heard in the building when there are no babies around. Also, when candles are blown out, they sometimes re-ignite.


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    Island Flowers

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    This flower shop got a quick mention in Kim Cool's "Ghost Stories of Tampa Bay." The ghost here, if it is a ghost, likes to swing the front door back and forth, ringing the security bell each time.


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    King Corona Cigars and Cafe Bar

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Dave Lapham recounts the story of King Corona Cigars in his excellent book, "Ghosthunting Florida." The owner was renovating the store one night when he saw a huge, hulking figure in the back. He was about to run for the front door when the figure just dematerialized into thin air. ...


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    Trelles Clinic - Ybor Resort and Spa

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The former Trelles Clinic, now the Ybor Resort and Spa, is housed in a 1904 building. Witnesses say the many ghostly phenomena here include a child that tugs on people's clothing, unexplained slamming windows, and an apparition of Conchita, a deceased wife of a doctor. TV's Ghost Hunters featured the ...


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    Sugar Palm Ballroom - 1550 E. Palm Ave

    Tampa, Florida

    40.5 miles from Auburndale, FL

    For a short time in the late 1990s, this building housed the "Sugar Palm Ballroom". Guests at the Sugar Palm would occasionally see a ghostly figure wandering the hallways. During renovations in 2000 workmen complained that they were constantly harassed by unseen entities.


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    Cuban Club - Circulo Cubano de Tampa

    Tampa, Florida

    40.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    The Cuban Club, now a site rented out for events, was built in 1917 to serve the Cuban community. It has been the site of two deaths: One was an actor who committed suicide on the stage, the other was a murder in which one board member shot another in ...


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    Don Vicente Inn

    Tampa, Florida

    40.6 miles from Auburndale, FL

    Staff report a ghost in the lady's basement bathroom. The Travel Channel once ran a TV special on this hotel.


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    Ybor Factory Building - Ybor Square

    Tampa, Florida

    40.7 miles from Auburndale, FL

    This factory was built in 1886 by Vicente Martinez-Ybor - at the time it was the largest cigar-factory in the world. It changed hands a number of times through the 1950s, but always remained in the cigar business, until it became Ybor Square in the 1970s. Now it ...


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