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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    Crabby Bill's Seafood

    Clearwater, Florida

    I was a former employee of Crabby Bill's Seafood on Clearwater Beach in the Clearwater Municipal Marina. I wasn't a server, host, nor did I work as a cook or a dishwasher. I worked from June/July of 2009 up until August of 2011 on the third shift. I was the ...


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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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    Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park

    Clearwater, Florida

    Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park is said by locals to be haunted. Just behind the garden of reflections there is a fence and behind that fence maybe 50 yards into the woods there is a dilapidated abandoned house. Legend says that at this house the father killed his son ...


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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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    Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Saint Petersburg, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    Guests staying in the Montego Room at this circa 1910 bed and breakfast have reported a rocking chair that rocks by itself, as well as hearing ghostly music and disembodied footsteps in the night. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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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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    The Cordova Inn

    Saint Petersburg, Florida

    16.6 miles from Clearwater, FL

    This 1921 boutique hotel is supposed to be haunted by the apparition of a well-dressed man in an old-fashioned suit. Employees believe this is the ghost of a former butler, who has saved the building from demolition and despair on several occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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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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