Haunted Places in Clearwater, Florida



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    Capitol Theatre / Royal Theatre

    Clearwater, Florida

    The Capitol Theatre opened March 21, 1921. Royalty Theater Company signed leases with the Taylor family in February 1981 when it then became known as the Royalty Theater. During the renovations, Bill Neville's murdered body was found in the balcony. The theatre remained in the Taylor family estate until it ...

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    Fort Harrison Hotel

    Clearwater, Florida

    This building opened in 1926, but fell into disrepair by the mid 1970s. It was bought by the Church of Scientology in 1975 and is now part of their spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. There have been a number of strange deaths in the building since it was taken ...

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    Belleview-Biltmore Hotel

    Belleair, Florida

    The Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa is a historic resort hotel located at 25 Belleview Boulevard in the town of Belleair, Florida, USA. The hotel is closed, but a renovation plan has been announced. The hotel situated along the eastern shores of Old Clearwater Bay, with views of the bay and ...

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    Clearwater IHOP

    Clearwater, Florida

    We have had several things happen recently and have some of this has been captured on the security cameras. The santa figurine near the front... the arm was picked up and thrown down. We tried to debunk it as the wind, but we could not duplicate what happened. The lights ...

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    Eisenhower Elementary School

    Clearwater, Florida

    In recent years, a mysterious boy dressed in a baseball uniform is seen by custodians late at night in this school - possibly stirred up renovations begun in 2000. There are claims that audio recorders have picked up late night conversations between dead teachers and this little boy, who ...

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    Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

    Safety Harbor, Florida

    7.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Lots of weird goings-on in this resort hotel. The front desk started getting phone calls from empty guestrooms during renovations in the mid-1990s. Voices are often heard in entirely empty parts of the buildings, and housekeepers swear they hear someone yelling their name from the women's bath area.

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    Eleanor Island

    Treasure Island, Florida

    12.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    There is a story about this mangrove island about two local men who found some human remains here around the middle of the 19th century. Thinking it might be part of an Indian burial mound, they dug around looking for hidden treasures. Alas for them, all they found ...

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    Friendly Fisherman Restaurant

    Madeira Beach, Florida

    12.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This restaurant has been here since it was open by Captain Wilson Hubbard in 1976. He died in 1994, but staff and patrons of the restaurant believe his spirit remains there to this day. A portrait of Wilson hangs on the wall there, and it is said his ...

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    John's Pass Bridge

    Treasure Island, Florida

    12.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Locals say the ghosts of two pro-union farmers from Civil War times haunts this area. They were killed by Confederates and buried nearby. Some nights, especially with a new moon, the two are seen walking near the bridge or sailing their boat. Often the smell of death ...

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    Rose Cemetery

    Tarpon Springs, Florida

    13.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This is one of those places that everyone "knows" is haunted, but no one seems to have a solid story about it. All that's said is that there's some sort of malevolent force or forces here, and that people get really creeped out and sometimes even physically attacked by ...

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    Sea Horse-On the Docks - Getaguru

    Tarpon Springs, Florida

    13.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This shop has been known as "Sea Horse On the Docks" but the sign above the door currently says "Getaguru". It's the same people - they sell handmade soap and local art. There are several claims at this location, including a "vortex wall" where a woman seemed to ...

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    Royal Palms Apartments

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    14.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Some who live at the Royal Palms Apartments claim there's a ghost that likes to pull pillows from under their heads... violently at times. A few have actually seen an apparition of a man standing by the side of their bed.

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    Leverock's Restaurant

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    14.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Reports say that when the building was under construction, a stone altar was found. The altar was believed to be as many as 2000 years old, used by Timucuan priests. Some say the altar may have brought its old spirits to the restaurant. It can be viewed in a garden ...

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    St. Petersburg High School

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    15.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The third floor of the school seems to be the home of at least one ghost who moves things and makes strange noises. Janitorial staff have claimed to see odd phenomena in the auditorium as well.

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    Haslam's Book Store

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    15.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    At least as old as the 1920s, the building that houses the bookstore (est. 1933) is said to have literary poltergeists in residence. Books have flown off the shelves, mostly those in the metaphysical section or those by author Jack Kerouac, who often visited the store during his lifetime. Cold ...

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    Lakeview Rodeo

    Holiday, Florida

    16.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A 2002 fire gutted the Lakeview Rodeo that used to be a hot spot for line-dancing in Holiday, FL... and ever since, some claim they see the spectre of a man standing in the exact location where the building once stood. We're not sure but it looks like its ...

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    St. Petersburg Coliseum

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This venue has been around since 1924 and is reputed to be haunted, but we don't currently have any more information than that. If you know more, please tell us via the comments section below!

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    The Spontaneous Combustion of Mary Reeser

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    OK, this is not really a ghost story, but is perhaps the most famous case of human spontaneous combustion. It happened to Mary Reeser at 1200 Cherry St. on July 2, 1951, at about 8 a.m. The incident was first witnessed by Reeser's landlady Pansy Carpenter, who was attempting to ...

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    Historic Peninsula Inn and Spa

    Gulfport, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This hotel dates back to the turn of the 20th century. It was, at times, a military hospital, boarding house, and now, a hotel and spa. The resident ghost is named "Isabelle" - she is said to have lived and died here in the 1950s. She is ...

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    Hotel Indigo - Martha Washington Hotel

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This hotel dates back to 1926, but has had several names - "Martha Washington Hotel," "Heritage Hotel," and now, most recently, "Hotel Indigo". A 1987 renovation seems to have led to the appearance of a ghostly little girl, seen on the third-floor landing. Later, the figures of an ...

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    Vinoy Hotel

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Now owned by Marriott, the Vinoy Hotel is a favorite place for major league baseballers to stay while in town. Several claim to have seen a man in a top hat and long coat standing over their bed. One claims to have felt like someone pressed on his ...

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    Silas Dent's Steakhouse

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The steakhouse's namesake is said to haunt the place. Often the rocking chair by the fish tanks rock by itself, and the regular customers and staff are quite used to it. In fact, folks are a little disappointed if the ghost doesn't rock the chair during their visit!

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    La Cote Basque Winehouse

    Gulfport, Florida

    16.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This restaurant was started in 1972 by Ernest Frohme, and is still in operation today under the watchful eye of his daughters, Carmen and Simone. According to Deborah Frethem's "Ghost Stories of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas County" the restaurant is haunted by a playful spirit. She speculates ...

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    Morris the Casino Cat

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Gulfport Casino is now owned by the City of Gulfport, and is rented out as a ballroom for weddings and special occasions. Back in 1970 a cute little cat wandered in and was so loved by the staff that he decided to make the casino his home. ...

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    Comfort Station

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    16.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This lovely octagonal building in Romaesque Revival style is a public restroom that was built in 1927 by the same architect that designed the Vinoy Hotel (also reported to be haunted, by the way). It was originally called "Comfort Station One," and actually received national press when it was ...

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    Hopewell Church Cemetery

    Tampa, Florida

    17.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Although its called the "Hopewell Church Cemetery", no church stands here anymore. And don't confuse it with the American Legion Cemetery just next door. The one you want is surrounded by an old brick wall and has two wrought-iron gates at either end. The caretaker of the ...

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    Don CeSar Beach Hotel

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    18.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This hotel dates back to 1925, and used to have a large fountain around which the original builder and his lover used to meet. The fountain has since been removed but guests still claim to see the young couple's ghosts walking the spot, hand-in-hand.

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    Britton Cinema

    Tampa, Florida

    18.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Staff and visitors alike have reported several strange occurrences. Toilets flush on their own and doors mysteriously get locked in the ladies room. Apparitions have been seen in one of theatres. Ghostly voices were heard in the hallway outside theatre #5, and an usher swears someone called ...

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    Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    19.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This restaurant dates back to 1977. It was built on the site of the old Casa Bonita Hotel, which itself was once a bath house called "Page's Pavilion" back in the early 1910s. At least one waiter at the restaurant claims the place is haunted, but we don't ...

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    Comfort and Joy - Galene's Paradise

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    19.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This home dates back to 1911 and was built by Judge Swerdtfeger - but he died in November of the same year and never got to enjoy it. Perhaps that's why some feel he still haunts the premises. Some have seen him on the porch, others through the ...

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    Bigelow-Helms Mansion

    Tampa, Florida

    19.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This home dates to the early 1900s and is known as the "Bigelow-Helms Mansion", though lately it is used as office space for various businesses. People often claimed they heard screams and yelling from the building at odd hours of the night, and in general just got really weird vibes from ...

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    Blake High School

    Tampa, Florida

    20.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A cold spot is felt in the exact place in the auditorium where a teacher died years ago of a heart attack. The back of the library has a similar cold spot where people get "eerie feelings". The main theatre sometimes has strange lights appear in the wings, ...

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    Falk Theatre

    Tampa, Florida

    20.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Once the Park Theatre, now called "Falk Theatre." Back in the "Park Theatre" days an actress named Bessie Snavely supposedly hung herself in her third floor dressing room. Her ghost is said to haunt the entire theatre.

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    Plant Hall

    Tampa, Florida

    20.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Onetime Tampa Bay Hotel servants are said to haunt the Science Wing. Witnesses have felt something watching them and had an eerie feeling. Apparitions have been seen all over the campus; in fact, folks say ghosts abound in this University of Tampa hall after hours—and there are quite a few ...

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    Old Tampa Book Company

    Tampa, Florida

    20.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This quaint used bookstore might be haunted, according to Deborah Frethem in her book "Haunted Tampa." The owners say a couple of chairs they inherited from a previous owner tend to move all on their own. One night the store's alarm went off, but the store was still ...

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    Old Tampa Theater

    Tampa, Florida

    20.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A projectionist from the 1940s supposedly haunts this theatre. Staff hear his footsteps and chains rattling in the hallways and behind the stage. Some claim to even see him up in the projecting room when it is supposed to be empty. There are reports of weird "bad ...

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    Oaklawn Cemetery

    Tampa, Florida

    20.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A number of famous Tampa residents are buried here, and there are vague reports of ghosts haunting the grounds. Many feel uneasy as they walk the cemetery, as if someone is watching them.

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    Ghost of Charlie Wall - Old Federal Courthouse

    Tampa, Florida

    20.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Charlie Wall was an infamous gangster based out of Tampa of the 1930s and 1940s. He dabbled in all the usual rackets - gambling, prostitution, numbers, etc. What made him truly infamous was when he was called to testify before a federal committee investigating organized crime in 1950. He held ...

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    Old City Hall

    Tampa, Florida

    21 miles from Clearwater, FL

    According to Deborah Frethem in her book "Haunted Tampa," strange ghost lights have been seen along the hallways and clock tower of the Old City Hall. She speculates they may be related to Donald Brenham McKay, who served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Tampa in the early 20th ...

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    Ghost of Irene Randall

    Tampa, Florida

    21 miles from Clearwater, FL

    According to legend, Irene Wengel came to Tampa in 1902 to get an illegal abortion in a building that once stood near the parking garage. A couple days after Dr. Frederick Weightnovel performed the abortion, Irene became very ill with blood poisoning; she died shortly thereafter. Irene’s uneasy spirit is said ...

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    Fort Brooke Parking Garage

    Tampa, Florida

    21 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in 1980, this municipal parking garage was built over a cemetery. The bones unearthed during the construction were deemed to be the remains of soldiers and Native Americans. Although the bones were removed and properly placed, some say they have heard the ghostly sounds of Native Americans drumming and ...

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    Kennedy Blvd and Marion St

    Tampa, Florida

    21 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Tim Reeser mentions this "haunted intersection" in his book, "Ghost Stories of Tampa Florida". Apparently Kennedy and Marion was the site of the old "Florida House Hotel". This hotel burned to the ground in Victorian times, and one of the victims was a little girl who was asleep ...

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    Sulphur Springs Tower

    Tampa, Florida

    21.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Stories say the historic tower was often used as a landmark on pirates' maps, a tale that may support the fact that a ghostly pirate is said to roam the area. Another story told around these parts is that of a marine monster who lives in the waters adjacent to ...

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    Jackson House

    Tampa, Florida

    21.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Deborah Frethem writes of this house in her book, "Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay." According to Frethem, this building dates back to 1901 and was a boardinghouse once used by a number of African American greats during the days of segregation, like Ray Charles, Count Basie and even ...

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    Tampa Florida Brewery Building

    Tampa, Florida

    21.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Ybor City has a rich history, and with it comes several ghost stories, including one about the drunken Cuban ghost at the Tampa Florida Brewery. Now the Swope Law Group’s law offices, rumor has it that at the old brewery's opening ceremony, where free beer was available, two drunken men ...

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    Ybor Factory Building - Ybor Square

    Tampa, Florida

    21.7 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Cuban Club - Circulo Cubano de Tampa

    Tampa, Florida

    21.7 miles from Clearwater, 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

    21.7 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Sugar Palm Ballroom - 1550 E. Palm Ave

    Tampa, Florida

    21.8 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Island Flowers

    Tampa, Florida

    21.8 miles from Clearwater, 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

    21.8 miles from Clearwater, 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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    El Centro Espanol - The Spanish Club

    Tampa, Florida

    21.9 miles from Clearwater, 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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    La France

    Tampa, Florida

    21.9 miles from Clearwater, 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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    L'Unione Italiana - The Italian Club

    Tampa, Florida

    22 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Carmine's

    Tampa, Florida

    22 miles from Clearwater, 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

    22 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Ybor City Museum

    Tampa, Florida

    22.1 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Crown Colony House

    Tampa, Florida

    23.7 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Myrtle Hill Cemetery

    Tampa, Florida

    24.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

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

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    Fort De Soto State Park

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    24.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Check out the old fort at night and you may hear some ghostly voices. Footsteps have been heard in the powder room in the southern part of the fort.


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    University of South Florida Library

    Tampa, Florida

    24.5 miles from Clearwater, 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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    HMS Architecture Building - USF Tampa

    Tampa, Florida

    24.8 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    Terra Ceia, Florida

    25.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The most iconic bridge in Florida is beautiful... but it is also deadly. It replaced a bridge that partially collapsed in 1980, killing several people. But its best-known as one of the most popular places in Florida to commit suicide. More than 200 people have jumped ...

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    Madira Bickel Mound

    Terra Ceia, Florida

    30.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This state park was the first Native American location to be designated a "State Archaeological Site" in all of Florida. Occupation here goes back to around the 1st century AD. The mound itself is about 20 feet high and as wide as 170 feet, made of shells, sand and general ...

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    Palm View Cemetery

    Palmetto, Florida

    31.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This is listed on several paranormal websites as a "haunted location," but without a single story to back it up. If you happen to know of anything odd that's happened here, please let us know. Otherwise, as far as we're concerned, it's just a normal graveyard!

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    Center Place

    Brandon, Florida

    31.4 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Bali Hai Beach Resort

    Holmes Beach, Florida

    31.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Modern beach resort where there are claims that a newlywed couple checked in years ago... and never checked out!

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    James McCabe Theatre

    Valrico, Florida

    33 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Fogartyville Cemetery

    Bradenton, Florida

    34.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Some folks say there's a generally "creepy" feel to this cemetery, and maybe a bit more fog there than is usual or to be expected. Judge for yourself. There's also this, from HauntedFlorida.com: There was many years ago a slab with a crypt top. The crypt box had apparently ...

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    Manatee Avenue

    Bradenton, Florida

    36 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A single claim here dates back to 1992, from a law enforcement officer who was patrolling the 1700-1800 block of Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. He claimed to see a Victorian-era man in all black clothing, with a very pale, white face for about 2-3 seconds, who then disappeared and ...


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    Braden Castle

    Bradenton, Florida

    36.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This mid-1800s castle-like structure, now protected ruins, has had a long history of being haunted due to its years as a dilapidated, abandoned building. One amusing story centers on three men who set to explore the haunted site. They went through some harrowing scares before they were brave enough to ...

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    City Walk Condominiums

    Bradenton, Florida

    36.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Formerly known as Cedar Tree Village Apartments - now known as City Walk Condominiums. A spirit of a young man playing guitar has apparently been seen all over the Bradenton area. One sighting was allegedly under the 2013 building staircase here. (No staircase can be seen via ...

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    Coquina Beach

    Bradenton Beach, Florida

    36.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    On the far southern end of Coquina Beach, just before the bridge, there used to be a hotel that is now just a picnic area. Supposedly a "male figure" in black clothing walks back and forth between the picnic area and the beach, even during daylight.

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    Manasota Memorial Park

    Bradenton, Florida

    38.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A man and his wife claim to have heard a disembodied voice say "Hey you! Come here!" twice during a late-night visit to a family member's grave.

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    Rogers Cemetery / Antioch Cemetery

    Clearwater, Florida

    40.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Referred to often as "Rogers Road Cemetery," this hard-to-find place is more commonly known as Antioch Cemetery, in Duette, Florida. It is not officially open to the public, so if you plan on visiting, be sure to secure the proper permissions. Some helpful information was provided by Rootsweb.com: From SR 62, ...

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    St. Leo University

    St. Leo, Florida

    41.8 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Ringling School of Art and Design

    Sarasota, Florida

    44.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Once the "Bay Haven Hotel," the Keating Center building of Ringling School of Art and Design is believed to be the "haunt" of a young girl who hanged herself there years ago. She appears walking down the hallways of the building. Some art students say she swishes their ...

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    Chart House

    Longboat Key, Florida

    45.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This haunting is most often referenced as the "Old Ritz Carlton" haunting, but that's misleading, because there never was a Ritz-Carlton here. One was begun in the early 20th century but was never completed. During its initial construction, so the story goes, a worker's child fell down an ...

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    Spring Hill Cemetery

    Brooksville, Florida

    45.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Spring Hill Cemetery, is located off of Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. It is an old black cemetery with the earliest "known" burial starting in the late 1800's. At dusk you can see what seems to be a man hanging from a tree limb. Also, groups of spirits can ...

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    Timber Chase Apartments

    Sarasota, Florida

    46.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Supposedly the site of a 1992 stabbing murder, the ghost of the young female victim is said to still haunt the premises.

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    Brooksville Nursing Manor

    Brooksville, Florida

    46.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Just one story here, from a nurse who says she definitely saw a woman enter the room of a patient who was dying.... and that when she herself entered the room, the patient was dead, and no one else was to be seen.

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    Hernando County Court House

    Brooksville, Florida

    47.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in 1913, this court house is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of a criminal who tried to escape from the second floor. Some say blood stains still appear where he was shot by the bailiff... but we're not so sure.

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    The Old Weeks House

    Brooksville, Florida

    47.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    An old house with quite a lot of colorful "history"... Among other things, locals say that when the house was unoccupied, strange candle lights would appear in the windows, moving slowly from side to side. Check out these snippets from a 2006 article by the Tampa Bay Times: Local ...

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    May-Stringer House

    Brooksville, Florida

    48.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Now a "Heritage Museum," the May-Stringer House dates back to the 1850s. The ghost of a girl named Jessie who died in the house at just 3 years of age is said to still be felt from time to time, rearranging toys and teacups to suit her whims. ...

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    Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

    Lakeland, Florida

    52.1 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland, Florida

    52.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

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

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    Hardee Correctional Institution

    Bowling Green, Florida

    54.7 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Old Polk County Courthouse

    Bartow, Florida

    58.6 miles from Clearwater, 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

    58.8 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Pelican Alley Restaurant

    Nokomis, Florida

    61.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This restaurant is said to be haunted by an earlier owner. Footsteps are heard late at night, doors open and close on their own and objects move without anyone touching them.


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    Ringling Towers

    Nokomis, Florida

    61.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    No longer around (it was demolished in 1998), this old-school monster of a hotel was left to rot for many, many years in downtown Sarasota. It was a popular haunt for ghost hunters, who swore there were evil presences residing there.

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    Scotty's Distribution Center

    Winter Haven, Florida

    62.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    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

    62.4 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Fort Cooper State Park

    Inverness, Florida

    66 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This state park was once home to Fort Cooper during the Second Seminole War. Nothing of the fort remains apart from some archaeological finds, but at least one staff member thinks the spirit of an Indian chief still lingers. There aren't many sightings - most people just "feel" ...

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    Ghost Lights of Heard Bridge Road

    Wauchula, Florida

    66.9 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Bloody Bucket Bridge

    Wauchula, Florida

    68.3 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Popash School

    Zolfo Springs, Florida

    71 miles from Clearwater, 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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    The Hermitage

    Englewood, Florida

    73.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This home, built around 1900, was a former nudist colony--but don't worry, we aren't dealing with a naked ghost here. Rumor has it that original builder, Swedish immigrant Carl Johanson, had a mother who was a healer. The mother used folk remedies and a mystical holy lead. When she passed ...

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    Spook Hill

    Lake Wales, Florida

    74.4 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Ghost Lights of Bereah Road

    Fort Meade, Florida

    75.1 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Harden House

    Clermont, Florida

    75.2 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Old Opera House

    Arcadia, Florida

    77.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Now a museum, with an antique shop as well, the Old Opera House in Arcadia has a number of weird goings-on. One worker tells of hearing the distinctive noise of a crowd in the old auditorium, but of course when she went to investigate, there was no one there. ...

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    Old Blue House

    Arcadia, Florida

    77.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Numerous paranormal websites claim there's an "Old Blue House" in Arcadia, FL where an entire family haunts the place. They supposedly were murdered in the house more than a century ago (though some reports say a new house has been rebuilt over this one). If anyone has any specific information/address ...

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    Webber International University - Camilla Hall

    Babson Park, Florida

    78 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Restlawn Memorial Gardens

    Port Charlotte, Florida

    78.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    There is (or was) supposedly an old worn-down shack on the premises of this cemetery where people experienced cold spots, bad smells, and ghostly visions of a woman. There is also a peculiar phenomenon in the immediately-surrounding area that locals call the "Killer Bee Phenomenon"... people continually hear the ...

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    The Fisherwoman of Lake Arcola

    Avon Park, Florida

    79.6 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Headless Pirate of Seahorse Key

    Cedar Key, Florida

    80 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The ghost of a headless pirate riding a palomino is said to haunt this area at night. He is said to be Pierre LeBlanc, was pirate who was working for the notorious Jean LaFitte. LaFitte left LeBlanc with a palomino and some supplies and charged him with guarding his treasure ...

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    Tiger Trail

    Dunnellon, Florida

    80.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    "Tiger Trail" is the local name for SW 180th Avenue in Dunnellon, FL. It was the location where part of the 2001 film "Jeepers Creepers" was filmed. And maybe for good reason... there are local claims that the ghosts of three children killed at the intersection of Tiger ...

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    Disney World - Pirates of the Caribbean

    Orlando, Florida

    80.3 miles from Clearwater, 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

    80.5 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Walmart

    Leesburg, Florida

    81.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Various claims of footsteps, lights turning on and off, and merchandise flying off the shelves (literally).

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    Island Hotel and Restaurant

    Cedar Key, Florida

    82.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Cedar Key is located on a small barrier reef on the Gulf off the Florida coastline, directly west of Ocala. Cedar Key occupied a critical location during the Civil War, where blockade-runners exported cotton and lumber and imported food and other supplies to the Confederacy. A hurricane all but destroyed ...

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    The Mailman of Avon Park

    Avon Park, Florida

    83.4 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Rolling Acres Road

    Lady Lake, Florida

    83.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Those traveling this road claim to often hear screams and roars from the surrounding forests throughout the length of Rolling Acres Road. A few have seen a bright white ghostly figure walking up and down the road. Locals refer to her as "Julia".

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    Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp

    Fruitland Park, Florida

    83.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Two cabins are alleged to be haunted: North Boys Cabin 5 - items are moved inside the cabin, particularly suitcases. Girls Cabin 41A - lights turn on and off, bathroom flushes on its own. No one feels threatened by these spirits - they just seem to be playful.

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    Big Bamboo Lounge

    Kissimmee, Florida

    84.5 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Sandlin House

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    84.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Sandlin House has been advertised for sale for $1.59 million, and the ghost is included. The remodeled Victorian-style house is around 120 years old and is haunted by the spirit of then-owner James Sandlin's 14-year-old daughter Mary Leah, who in 1909 was ironing on the front porch and died ...

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    Peabody Hotel

    Orlando, Florida

    87.2 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Cedar Key - Shell Mound

    Cedar Key, Florida

    87.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This shell mound, created by local Native Americans over about 1,000 years, is now part of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. There is a nature trail surrounding the mound called "Shell Mound Trail." Locals believe the area around the shell mound is haunted by the ghost of Annie Simpson ...

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    Crowne Plaza

    Orlando, Florida

    87.9 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Site of the Rosewood Massacre

    Cedar Key, Florida

    88.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    In 1923, white woman Fannie Taylor lied and said she had been assaulted by an African-American man. She lied because she didn’t want her husband to know she was actually beaten by her white lover. But Fannie’s maid Sarah Carrier witnessed the incident and knew the truth. As a result ...

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    Harder Hall

    Sebring, Florida

    88.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in the 1920s, it is claimed that every owned of this hotel has died under "strange circumstances" - often within the limits of the property. It is said you can see the ghosts of those who died here peering out from the windows or roaming the courtyards.

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    Super 8 International Drive

    Orlando, Florida

    88.5 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Osprey Links at Hunter's Creek

    Orlando, Florida

    88.6 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Indian Spring Cemetery

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    88.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area - there's even a former Governor of Florida buried here, named Albert Gilchrist (d. 1926). Lots of activity is reported, including ghost lights, disembodied noises that sound like screaming and moaning, and shadow figures.

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    Central Fire Station

    Sebring, Florida

    89.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Forrest Howard, Sebring's fire chief in the 1940s and 1950s, is said to still roam the halls of his favorite fire station. Modern day firefighters swear they see him in the bunk area, and they occasionally smell faint scents of his much-beloved cigars.

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    Zellie's Pub

    Mount Dora, Florida

    89.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This modern-day pub has its fair share of paranormal activity. Some workers have been physically pushed by unseen entities in the bathroom. One story has it that a beer mug was thrown across the length of the bar, all on its own. Lights go on and off ...

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    Kenilworth Lodge

    Sebring, Florida

    89.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    There are a number of ghost stories surrounding this building, which dates back to 1916. Eerie feelings are reported on the staircase, and doors have been seen opening and closing entirely on their own. One guest heard voices outside his door throughout the night, and when he complained ...

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    Sunland Hospital Site - Orlando

    Orlando, Florida

    90.3 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Mount Carmel Simpson Cemetery

    Mount Dora, Florida

    90.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This is a long-disused "black cemetery" from the days of segregation. It dates back to the late 1880s. It was all but forgotten until recently when the Mount Dora Historical Society began cleaning up the area and identifying grave sites whose markers have long since disintegrated. They've begun ...

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    Lakeside Inn

    Mount Dora, Florida

    90.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Several ghosts are said to reside in the charming Lakeside Inn, which was built in 1883. Two of the inn's ghosts are young girls from the 1890s to 1920s. One is about 9 who wears a frilly red dress. She is believed to be Amy, a little girl who disappeared ...

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    Ma Barker's House

    Clearwater, Florida

    91.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Ma Barker - once Public Enemy #1 - met her end along with her son Freddy at this lakefront house in Ocklawaha, FL. The town does a re-enactment of the shootout (which consumed more than 2,000 bullets) every January. Some say the Barkers' spirits still haunt the place. The ...

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    Bay Street Theatre

    Eustis, Florida

    91.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Lots of paranormal claims here, including screams from the upstairs rooms, orbs appearing in photographs, eerie phantom presences felt around the building... one visitor was unlucky enough to see a glimpse of a man hanging from the balcony. Lights turn on and off on their own without explanation. Of particular ...

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    Silver Lake Lodge / Panorama Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    92 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This place no longer exists, but at one time it was a huge hotel with about 200 rooms. It was the Panorama Inn, then the Silver Lake Lodge, then it was left to ruin in the 1980s for about twenty years before finally being demolished around 2006. Before ...

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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Eustis, Florida

    92.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This cemetery dates back to the late 1800s, and is one of the largest in Lake County. There are numerous reports of the ghost of a woman seen (and heard) weeping over one of the gravestones.

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    Port Boca Grande Light

    Boca Grande, Florida

    92.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse was first used on December 31st, 1890. It served local shipping trafic for nearly 80 years before it was finally abandoned in 1969. It nearly fell to complete ruin due to erosion, but Lee County took control of the building in 1972 and ...

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    Evans High School

    Orlando, Florida

    92.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Evans High School (also known as Maynard Evans High School) was demolished in 2010 and a brand new school was built on its foundations, which opened in 2012. In the old, pre-2010 school, there was supposedly a ghost in the auditorium. He didn't seem to be malevolent - ...

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    Princeton Hospital - Lakeside Hospital

    Orlando, Florida

    92.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Princeton Hospital was turned into Lakeside Hospital in 2000. The psychiatric hospital is rumored to be haunted by spirits who move empty wheelchairs or apparate as ghostly nuns and doctors. A phantom patient with hollow eyes is said to stare sadly or angrily at staff members. The second and third ...

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    Highland Manor

    Apopka, Florida

    93 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Townsend Plantation was built by the Eldredge family in 1903. The McBride family purchased it in the 1940s. After the owner died in 1978, it remained empty for several years. In the 1980s it was purchased by the Townsend family. They moved the house, the other plantation buildings, and even ...

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    720 SE Osceola Ave.

    Ocala, Florida

    93.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    I worked as a counselor at this facility for several years, and have too many stories and accounts about all the paranormal activity in this building. It was built sometime in the early 1900's and transported to Florida from some other state. My boss told me that the original owner ...

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    Old Cemetery - Mount Dora Country Club

    Mount Dora, Florida

    93.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This long forgotten and overgrown cemetery is now on land belonging to the Mount Dora Country Club. Locals claim they've heard the cries of a woman around here, and seen a ghostly green light floating around the area. The graves here are not taken care of and only ...

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    Arbuckle Creek Bridge

    Lorida, Florida

    93.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Legend has it that an old woman, one who was knowledgable with potions and healing, used to live nearby, and her spirit still haunts the bridge. So the tales say, the woman was hired to make a love potion, for which her payment was to be the client's first-born child. ...

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    Seven Sisters Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    93.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Ghost Hunters has featured this inn on the TV show, and it is said to have several spirits. Apparitions of a man, woman, and child have been seen, and the woman has been reported to check out guests in the bathroom. She wears white and has the ability to pass ...

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    Ritz Historical Inn

    Ocala, Florida

    93.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in 1925, the Ritz Historical Inn was said to have experienced a fire in its early days which killed several guests. Their ghosts apparently still haunt the premises. The building was handed over in 2010 to Volunteers of America, and plans are underway to convert the building to housing ...

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    Lake Lucerne - Lady in White

    Orlando, Florida

    95 miles from Clearwater, FL

    David Whitehead mentions in his "Field Guide to Haunted Orlando" a "Lady in White" figure that has been spotted multiple times near an old oak tree on the south shore of Lake Lucerne.

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    Sioux Villa

    Orlando, Florida

    95 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Sioux Villa was the home of Mahlon and Caroline Gore. Mahlon was an early mayor of Orlando. They built the home in 1906 on the shore of Lake Lucerne, but it was later moved to its current location on Waverly Place, just off Orange Avenue. Modern-day occupants have ...

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    Umatilla Cemetery

    Umatilla, Florida

    95 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Female screams, calls for help and other strange noises are heard in this cemetery late at night. Lots of orbs/mist photos have been taken here. Most of the activity centers on the older section, near the back of the cemetery.

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    Hamburger Mary's - Bumby Block

    Orlando, Florida

    95 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Bumby Block building dates back to the 1880s. Currently it houses "Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grille", but originally it was a hardware store. Staff in the building regularly see the apparition of a young girl dressed in Victorian clothing. She seems to enjoy tapping on the ...

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    Exchange Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    All the activity here centers around an old piano in the building, which some guests have heard play on its own (no, its not a player piano). A few have even seen a ghostly piano player sitting beside it.

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    Ceviche

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This building was originally a church, and later a hotel - now it is a popular restaurant called Ceviche. Check out the large, antique mirror behind the bar at Ceviche - some nights guests will see an out-of-place woman dressed in 19th century garb, standing behind them in the reflection. ...


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    Bliss Nightclub

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Closed as of 2013, "Bliss" was one of Orlando's premiere dance clubs. When it was open, staff would refuse to into one of the refrigerated rooms after dark. They constantly felt like someone was watching them - an evil presence. Furniture would often move around on its ...

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    Elijah Hand Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Elijah Hand was an undertaker and furniture-maker from Indiana who moved to Orlando in 1885. It might sound like an odd juxtaposition, but back in the day it was fairly common, as the undertaker often was also responsible for crafting coffins. Elijah was different from other undertakers because ...

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    Carey Hand Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Now used as a branch office of the University of Central Florida, known as the Ying Academic Center, this was once the Carey Hand Funeral Home. (That company still exists, with numerous Orlando area branches.) Footsteps and whispering are commonly heard when no one is around.

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    Kress Building - Kres Chophouse

    Orlando, Florida

    95.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This building was designed by architect Edward Sibbert in the 1930s, an excellent example of the Art Deco style. It was originally an "S.H. Kress and Co." five and dime store (hence the name "Kress" that's still seen at the top of the building). According to David Whitehead ...

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    First National Bank and Trust Company Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This hefty building went up in the 1920s, and was initially the First National Bank and Trust Company. That name still is etched into the stonework at the top, but today it is used by Valencia Community College. David Whitehead writes of this building in his "Field Guide to Haunted ...

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    Miller, Sellen, Conner and Walsh

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Amanda Branham writes of this location in "Orlando Ghosts," though the law-firm no longer appears to be located here. (The sign out front now says "Page, Eichenblatt, Bernbaum & Bennett") Employees of the firm would hear disembodied voices and often would get the feeling that they were being watched. ...

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    Republic Bank - Citrus Center

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Citrus Club is an elite business/networking organization located at 255 S. Orange Ave. A Republic Bank used to be attached to it (it appears now to be a Suntrust branch). Clubhouse members have seen shadow figures roaming the building and peculiar noises are heard when no one ...

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    Empire Hotel Building - Ember

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built by James Magruder in 1913, the Empire Hotel was Orlando's first and only hotel that offered air-conditioning to its guests. No longer a hotel, the building is occupied on the ground floor by the bar area of an establishment called "Ember." The bar area is supposedly a ...

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    Terror on Church Street Site

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    "Terror on Church Street" was a big hit in the 1990s, before the days when Disney and Universal had spooky, more adult-themed entertainment options. It was open on the northwest corner of Church and Orange between 1991 and 1999. It was an interactive, walk-through haunted house that was kept open ...

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    City Arts Factory - Phillips Theatre

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in 1916, this was originally the "Phillips Theatre". It became the "Ritz Theatre" in 1929, and later a W.T. Grant Store in 1934. The building changed hands a couple of times after W.T. Grant went out of business in the 1970s - it is now home to ...

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    Tabu Nightclub - The Beacham

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Currently "The Beacham," this location has also been known as "Tabu Night Club" and "Zuma Beach Night Club". The story goes that the ghost of an old woman is seen somewhere near the stage, always accompanied by drastic temperature drops.

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    Ellis Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Known as the "Reynolds Building," "Giles-Ellis Building" or just the "Ellis Building", this dates back to 1886. It was home to the Orlando Telephone Company for a time in the mid 1910s. David Whitehead in his "Field Guide to Haunted Orlando" lists this location as the "O'Connell Building", ...

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    Angebilt Hotel

    Winter Park, Florida

    95.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Once the tallest building in Orlando, the Angebilt Hotel has been a major landmark in the city ever since it opened in the 1920s. From the 1970s though it started to decline in grandeur, and eventually was converted in the 1990s into a temporary courthouse. Today it is ...

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    Wall Street and Court Ave

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Although the current occupants of this building don't seem to claim any paranormal activity, there is a long history of paranormal claims from previous owners. When it was the "Kit Kat Club" staff-members swore that bottles would fly off the bar on their own, and weird things were experienced ...

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    Pine Street Bar and Grill

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This building housed the Pine Street Bar and Grill from 1992 until 2013 - unfortunately it closed for good in April of 2013, and is slated for renovations. When it was open, several "dancing ghost torsos" were seen by patrons. No legs ever appeared, but from what they could ...

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    Rogers Building

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Originally an English Gentleman's Club, this ornate green building (listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) is named after Gordon Rogers. He and his wife apparently still haunt the place. He's most frequently seen through the second-story window - she (always clad in white) in the ...

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    Heritage Square

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Weird things have been reported in Orlando's Heritage Square. A figure of a man is said to be seen (and even heard) sitting down on a park bench with you, but the instant you turn towards him to strike up a conversation, he's gone.

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    McEwan Clinic - Central Station Bar

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    John McEwan was a well-respected doctor who arrived in Orlando in 1906. This building, now home to the "Central Station Bar," was originally his clinic. Several Orlando ghost tours stop here, claiming the building is haunted - apparently the elevator will move between floors entirely on its own.

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    Orange County Regional History Center

    Orlando, Florida

    95.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Orange County Regional History Center is located in what was once the Orange County Courthouse. The building was built in 1927, and is infamous for being the place where serial killer Ted Bundy was tried for the murder of Kimberly Leach in 1980. The name "Ted Bundy" ...

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    Orange Hill Cemetery

    Orlando, Florida

    95.5 miles from Clearwater, 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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    Stanna's Restaurant

    Umatilla, Florida

    95.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The ghost of a young woman is said to haunt this restaurant. Supposedly she hung herself on the third floor sometime in the early 1900s. Shadows of a woman in a long flowing dress are seen, and objects are thrown around in the women's bathroom. Cold spots ...

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    Ghost Dog of Lake Eola

    Orlando, Florida

    95.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    There are reports of a "phantom dog" roaming the eastern portion of Lake Eola Park. People will clearly see the small, brown dog walking the park, like any other dog, until he disappears right in front of their eyes.

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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Orlando, Florida

    96.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Many children from Sunland Hospital were buried at this cemetery, and there are creepy sections within called "Baby Land 1" and "Baby Land 3", etc. which house nothing but infants and children under five years of age. Visitors to these sections hear music box tunes and sometimes children's laughter. ...

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    Floor and Decor

    Orlando, Florida

    97 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Although it looks like any other cookie-cutter shopping plaza building, this spot has an interesting "haunted" history. This site was once the home to "Colonial Plaza," one of Orlando's earliest shopping malls. It fell into decline in the 1970s and was eventually razed in 1995 - all except the building ...

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    Useppa Island

    Captiva, Florida

    97 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This island is named after a girl named Useppa who was kidnapped in Havana and imprisoned on this island by the pirate, Jose Gaspar. He murdered her here (beheaded her), and people swear they still see her headless ghost along the shore.

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    Walgreens

    Orlando, Florida

    97 miles from Clearwater, FL

    A story given by a former employee says the automatic doors would operate on their own, merchandise would fall off the shelves without explanation, and objects were thrown. An apparition was seen walking in an employee-area hallway; other strange occurrences were reported as well.

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    Cabbage Key Inn

    Captiva, Florida

    97.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    According to the locals, the inn’s restaurant specialty “Cheeseburger in Paradise” inspired the Jimmy Buffett hit. Another of its claims to fame is its ghost. The apparition of a woman with long brown hair has been known to visit guest rooms, and a busboy's tub once flew across the kitchen. ...

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    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Orlando, Florida

    97.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Leu Gardens were started by Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Leu, who in 1936 purchased Leu House and 40 acres of land. The Leus traveled all over the world and brought back many exotic plants and many varieties of camellias for their gardens. In 1961, the Leus deeded the ...

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    Orlando Executive Airport

    Orlando, Florida

    97.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    In late 1944, the Orlando Army Air Base was home to between 600 and 750 German prisoners of war captured during World War II.  Many of the prisoners were put to work in the local citrus groves. After the war, the air base was repurposed into the Orlando Executive Airport.  Visitors ...

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    The Bridal Chamber

    Silver Springs, Florida

    97.5 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Bridal Chamber Spring is believed by many to be haunted by the ghosts of two star-crossed lovers. Rich boy Claire Douglas and poor girl Bernice Mayo declared their love for each other here, but when Claire's father found out, he sent his son to Europe to get him away ...


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    Gregory Branson-Trent
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    Enzian Theater

    Maitland, Florida

    98.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The Enzian Theater is a non-profit arthouse movie theater located in Maitland, Florida. The theater hosts the Florida Film Festival and several other local film festivals. Supposedly, in the north corner of the theatre, a disembodied head appears, screaming, and then disappears into the restaurant next door. Happens only on ...

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    Maitland Art Center

    Maitland, Florida

    98.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Avant-garde artist Andre Smith was a writer, etcher and sculptor built the pretty art compound in the 1930s with galleries and Mayan- and Aztec-inspired gardens, courtyards and an open-air chapel (a popular spot for weddings). Although Smith passed away March 3, 1959, folks say his ghost still watches over his ...

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    Annie Russell Theatre

    Winter Park, Florida

    98.4 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This theatre was built in the 1930s and named after the actress, Annie Russell, who taught at Rollins College (where the theatre is located). She herself performed on-stage opening night in 1932. Annie died four years later in 1936. There have been claims for many years now of seeing ...

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    Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

    Winter Park, Florida

    98.8 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This museum was founded in 1961, and is home to more than 200 sculptures by Czech artist Albin Polasek. Many staff members feel Polasek's spirit still infuses the place, refusing to leave his beloved sculptures. In 1997, one guest snapped a photo of a tear miraculously suspended on ...

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    Woodbridge Cemetery

    Fern Park, Florida

    100.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Woodbridge Cemetery is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the Orlando area, though few sources provide any sort of detail on what exactly has been seen and experienced there. There are claims that what exists there now is only part of what was ...

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    Antioch Cemetery

    Chiefland, Florida

    101.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Reports of the spirit of a small boy playing amongst the gravestones (some call him Josh), along with vague stories of other ghostly encounters. Other websites place this in Chiefland but it is more accurately placed in Levy, FL (just southwest of Chiefland).

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    Longwood Hotel

    Longwood, Florida

    101.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    These days the Longwood Hotel has been converted to offices, but its the same building, still featured on the city's historical walking tours. Workers claim that lights and elevators seem to have a mind of their own. Strange noises and footsteps are heard on the third floor. ...

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    The Inside-Outside House

    Longwood, Florida

    101.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This house was built by Captain W. Pierce (later to become a director of Orlando's "National Bank") in 1873. It was first constructed in Boston, then shipped to Florida and reassembled. Originally it was located on Boston Ave in Altamonte Springs, but it was moved to its current ...

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    Wayside Antiques / Antique Emporium

    Reddick, Florida

    105.1 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This place is usually referenced as "Wayside Antiques" but today it is called "Antique Emporium", off exit 368 on Interstate 75 in Reddick. Look for the large red barn-like building. Employees back in the day swore that they would hear their names being called from the back of ...

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    First National Bank Building

    Fort Myers, Florida

    107.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This 1914 granite building, one of the grandest in its time, was more recently used as a setting for the film "Day of the Dead." Seen in the opening credits, the building was spattered with blood and filled with zombie actors. But the place is said to have a real ...

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    The I-4 Dead Zone

    Sanford, Florida

    107.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    The I-4 Dead Zone is an elevated area near where Interstate 4 crosses over Lake Monroe, and reports say that since 1963 more than 2000 accidents have occurred here. The reason? Rumor has it that four graves were paved over to make the road. Ghost hitchhikers are often seen here, ...

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    Gobbler Road Campsites

    Astor, Florida

    112.9 miles from Clearwater, FL

    There's an area of trailer homes called the "Astor Campsites" on Gobble(r) Road in Astor, Florida where a "glowing white male" is reported to have been seen walking down the road at night. Mapping this location is a bit tricky because sometimes it comes up as "Turkey Drive" and ...

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    Old DeLand Memorial Hospital

    DeLand, Florida

    116.3 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in the 1920s this structure now houses the DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum. Some locals swear they have seen ghostly faces looking out through the windows. Another apparition of a man has been spotted sitting in the gazebo on the surrounding grounds, near the Veterans Memorial Wall.

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    Putnam Hotel

    DeLand, Florida

    116.7 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Reports say this hotel is no longer in operation, and was sold in 2013. Two ghosts are said to reside here. According to lore, a hotel guest once killed his wife and then committed suicide on the premises. Witnesses say sadness emanates throughout the building, and a shadowy figure has ...

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    Hulley Tower

    DeLand, Florida

    117.2 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Built in 1934 as a mausoleum for Lincoln Hulley (the second president of Stetson University) and his wife Eloise. It once housed a carillon called "The Eloise Chimes," which played daily from 1915 until 2005, when the upper part of the structure was dismantled due to weather damage. ...

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