Haunted Places in Lazy Lake, Florida



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    Site of Old Wilton Manors City Hall

    Wilton Manors, Florida

    Local legend tells of strange happenings at the former City Hall building, built in 1957. Cold spots, a heavy atmosphere, and unexplained soft music are said to be the work of a ghostly maintenance man named John Bold. Bold loved his work, and it seems that he stayed on--even after ...


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    Lucky's Tavern - Coyote Ugly Saloon

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The building was built around the turn of the century, and was previously frequented by gangsters and other lawless folk. Rumours has it that a gangster was shot out the front of the building and still haunts the saloon to this day. The ghost of a woman in white has ...


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    King-Cromartie House

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The 1907 twin storey home is still believed to be haunted by the ghost of Louise Cromartie and her children. Her translucent apparition has been seen, looking out her second floor bedroom window. Some people are treated to the full paranormal package. She is described as wearing her blonde hair ...


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    New River Inn

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The New River Inn (built in 1905) now houses the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, but visitors still report seeing apparitions in the historic building. The first is that of a man in an old-fashioned rancher's outfit, who paces the first floor and the front porch but vanishes when ...


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    The River House

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The River House was a restaurant reported to have closed in 2009. But originally, it was two early 1900s built by brothers Thomas and Reed Bryan. The Bryan family, owned them until the 1970s, when they were merged and converted to a restaurant. The place is said to be haunted ...


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    Stranahan House

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This house museum is rumored to be haunted by former owner Frank Stranahan, a businessman who fell upon hard times during the Great Depression and drowned himself in the nearby river. Folks say his spirit returned to his house and resides there still. His wife Ivy died much later in ...


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    Henry E. Kinney Tunnel - New River Tunnel

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This underwater tunnel was built in 1958 to replace a drawbridge that was notorious for causing major gridlock in the city. In 1986 it was officially renamed the "Henry E. Kinney" tunnel, after the newspaper editor who had originally advocated its construction. Two apparitions are sited here - one is ...


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    Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Robert Leland Knight is station's most active ghost. He was electrocuted in 1940 at age 28 when he stepped in a puddle into which a downed power line had fallen. The ghost has been known to play pranks. One story involves a witness who was tiling a station wall when ...


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    Cooley's Landing Park

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    William Cooley was an early settler in East Florida. He moved to the New River area (later to become Fort Lauderdale) in 1826 and started an arrowroot plantation. Eventually he became involved in local administration, and in 1835/6 he was involved in adjudicating a case in which white ...


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    Smoker Park

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    2.8 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Smoker Park is a small section of land on the south side of the New River, across the water from the Stranahan House (also haunted). The park has been a hotbed of contention between locals and potential developers - at one time it was very nearly destroyed to ...


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    Waffle House Murders

    Plantation, Florida

    6.9 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    A grisly murder-robbery at the Davie Waffle House in 2002 supposedly sparked some paranormal activity that causes employees to "sense presences" and get an overall creepy feeling. Some say if you move a couple of boxes around in the freezer, you'll still find bloodstains on the floor. (Pretty ...


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    Broward College

    Davie, Florida

    7.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    A grisly 2002 murder-suicide at Broward Community College supposedly sparked some paranormal activity near Building 5. Students claim to experience strange smells and see white figures at night in this area, and allegedly there are permanent blood stains remaining on the spot to this day.


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    Maritime Manor

    Dania Beach, Florida

    8.1 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Woodhaven Cemetery which is the oldest cemetery in East Coast South Florida is within 200 yards of the Maritime Manor Vacation Rental. Although it's not listed on vrbo or airbnb as haunted, The Maritime Manor is believed to host the first two police officers ever murdered in the line ...


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    Coral Square Mall

    Coral Springs, Florida

    8.8 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    There have been sightings of the ghost of a small boy roaming the premises, as well as strange sounds and things being moved mysteriously near the Burdines area of the mall.


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    Sunset Point Park

    Tamarac, Florida

    10 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Dark figures with red eyes have been seen in the park. Orbs have also been seen. Some people have been scared out of there, they say that a dark figure with white glowing eyes appears in front of them and then vanishes. They also report that they have scratches all ...


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    Joseph Wesley Young House - Zeller Residence

    Hollywood, Florida

    10 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This was the home of Hollywood's very first mayor, Joseph Wesley Young. Built in 1925, it boasts 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms - and possibly one ghost. There are claims that Joseph Young never left his beloved mansion.


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    Hollywood Beach Resort

    Hollywood, Florida

    10.1 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This hotel dates back to 1926 and was once home to Al Capone. Residents on the seventh floor have claimed to have captured numerous orbs and heard strange voices throughout the night.


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    Coral Springs Medical Center

    Coral Springs, Florida

    10.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    A long-dead nurse supposedly haunts the area just outside the main elevators. Guests will often find that the elevator doors mysteriously open for them just before they're about to hit the request button... and nobody's inside...


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    Condomium Apartments at Hollybrook

    Hollywood, Florida

    13 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Hollybrook is a retirement community, and it seems there's one old resident who liked it so much she never wanted to leave. She also seems to have a thing against speeding motorists. If you're leaving Hollybrook late at night and you're driving significantly faster than the posted speed ...


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    South Inlet Park

    Boca Raton, Florida

    13.2 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    There are tales of a young woman supposedly buried in this park, though no one has yet been able to find her. On cold nights people report feeling "warm spots" and sometimes even seeing orbs.


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    Snake Warrior Island Natural Area

    Miramar, Florida

    13.2 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Locals tell of eerie beams of light that come from the island and shoot toward the sky, seen as early as 1895. Old legends say the Native Americans in the 1800s wouldn't set foot on this island, and that African-Americans working here saw an apparition in the 1920s. Some say ...


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    Boca Raton Cemetery

    Boca Raton, Florida

    13.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Many spirits are said to reside in this peaceful cemetery. Some of the most well known are the Screaming Man and Mary. The Screaming Man, according to witnesses, begins by cring piteously and gradually buildings to screaming, shouting, and curses. The noise is so loud that those nearby have had ...


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    Boca Raton Resort and Club

    Boca Raton, Florida

    13.5 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This 1926 hotel was originally the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn. Its spirit lore boasts of a ghost named Esmerelda, a former hotel maid who died in a 1920s fire. Other ghosts may reside here as well.


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    Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum

    Boca Raton, Florida

    13.9 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This 1926 museum was formerly the town hall, and is rumoured to be haunted. Staff and visitors have reported strange noises, vanishing objects and the sound of an old-fashioned telephone ringing when there is no one around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Humanities Building - Florida Atlantic Univeristy

    Boca Raton, Florida

    15 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    A ghostly spirit allegedly haunts the hallways and amphitheatre of the Arts and Humanities Building. She was seen in the amphitheatre on at least one occasion, and at other times noises were heard in the hallways of someone running and slamming doors.


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    Miami Lakes High School

    Hialeah, Florida

    20.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Two areas of activity here... The "Little Theater" seems to be the home of a friendly ghost named "Fred" who turns lights on and off playfully, and may occasionally play faint music. The fourth floor is now closed, but supposedly once housed a planetarium where a girl fell to her death ...


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    "The Hole"

    Delray Beach, Florida

    21.3 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This one's hard to track down... several web sites mention a place in Boca Raton called "The Hole" where a woman was raped in the 1960s. Supposedly people see her still walking a parking lot in this area. We've done some digging and so far haven't found a place referred ...


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    The Colony Hotel

    Delray Beach, Florida

    21.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This 1926 hotel is said to be haunted by some of its early owners. Folks have reported seeing shadow figures and lights that pulse, as well as hearing unexplained sounds.


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    Blue Anchor Pub

    Delray Beach, Florida

    21.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    For over a century, the pub has been haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Bertha Starkey. The lady was stabbed by her husband after he found her having an affair with another man. Footsteps and wails have been heard at night after closing, candles light and extinguish ...


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    Hialeah High School

    Hialeah, Florida

    21.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The ghost of a young girl is said to haunt the girls' bathroom near the auditorium. Local lore has it she's a former student who was murdered there brutally years ago, but no records have yet been found to support that.


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    Delray Beach Playhouse

    Delray Beach, Florida

    22.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The ghost of founder Bob Blake has been seen here; witnesses say he appeared as a light drifting across the stage floor, and also has been known to slam the doors. He is said to appear only to check on the theater to make sure things are running smoothly, not ...


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    Villa Paula

    Miami, Florida

    22.8 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The pretty 1920s mansion is said to be home to a cat-hating ghost who has killed all three of the owner's cats by shutting them in the iron gate. Other evidence that a haunt is around includes the smells of coffee and roses, strange noises, and apparitions of a Cuban ...


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    Tropication Arts Poltergeist

    Miami, Florida

    23.1 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This 1967 ghost story occurred here at the one-time kitschy Florida souvenir shop. As legend has it, when Julio, 19, was hired, it set of a barrage of poltergeist activity such as objects smashing into walls and rolling off tables. Soon afterward, the store was burglarized; reports differ as to ...


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    Ivette Terrace Condominiums

    Miami, Florida

    25.2 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This apartment building has had multiple paranormal encounters. In the stairway of the building, it looks like satanic rituals took place as three 6's were written on the walls. A very dark atmosphere is felt in the stairway, and also on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. Also, whispers ...


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    Curtiss Mansion / Glenn Curtiss House

    Miami Springs, Florida

    25.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Glenn Curtiss was an aviation pioneer, and almost single-handedly founded the U.S. aviation industry. His home in Miami Springs - though for a long time left to ruin - has now been renovated and is a major attraction. There are stories on the Internet about Curtiss dying in the house ...


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    Red Lion Pub / Dominos Pizza

    Boynton Beach, Florida

    25.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Sometimes it definitely pays to be blonde! Though now closed (a Dominos Pizza has replaced it) patrons for years claimed that brunette women would have objects mysteriously thrown at them, while blonde women would feel their hair and face gently being stroked. No word from Dominos on whether ...


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    Miami River Inn

    Miami, Florida

    26.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This early 1900s inn is said to have a repetitive haunting. Every night at 11, witnesses in first-floor cottage front units say they hear the front door open and feet being wiped on a mat. Then they hear running feet, panicked rattling of a doorknob, and the sound of someone ...


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    Holiday Inn / Courtyard

    Boynton Beach, Florida

    26.8 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Most sites on the net have this one listed as the "Holiday Inn" in Boynton Beach, but it appears this location is now a Marriott Courtyard. Vague descriptions of "human figures" roaming the hallways, and a suggestion that it may have been built on top of an old Indian ...


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    Biltmore Hotel

    Coral Gables, Florida

    29.9 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Supposedly the thirteenth floor is home to some resident WWII-era ghosts - soldiers who convalesced there during the war, when it was used as a hospital. Weird noises are heard throughout, and there are reports of unexplained lights popping in and out of view.


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    Lake Worth 8 Cinemas

    Greenacres, Florida

    32.1 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Cold spots and knocking sounds are reported in the hallways of this theatre, and some of the projectors stop working or jam at inopportune moments. (Could it be they just need to hire a better projectionist?)


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    Pinewood Cemetery

    Coral Gables, Florida

    32.2 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Witnesses describe many strange goings-on in this desolate cemetery, including midnight burials, shadow people, strange noises and eerie feelings experienced by the living who dare to visit. Some restoration has been done here in past decades, but reports say it retains its historic feel.


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    Lake Worth Playhouse

    Lake Worth, Florida

    32.2 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Built by two brothers (Lucien and Clarence Oakley) in 1924, it seems this place was just too good to leave - and Lucien never has! People say Lucien's ghost has been seen in mirrors, objects get moved around, and footsteps are heard from the empty catwalk.


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    Southwest Miami High School

    Olympia Heights, Florida

    32.3 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The library and auditorium both have "ghost stories" attached to them. Librarians swear up and down that books they've organized just the day before are thrown into utter disarray the next morning. According to local legend, at least two people died in the auditorium - a janitor and ...


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    Flight 401 Crash Site

    Lazy Lake, Florida

    34.5 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    This is the site where Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashed in December 1972. 101 people died - 75 survived. Many perished in just 18 inches of water because of the swampy conditions. A very popular book called The Ghost of Flight 401 was published soon after, telling the story ...


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    Sunset Senior High School

    Miami, Florida

    35.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Lots of ghost tales in this school for some reason. A female ghost was seen in the girls' bathroom with blood on her face, holding a knife. Allegedly there is security camera footage of a young student walking into the auditorium late at night, when no one was ...


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    Riddle House

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    36.6 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The Edwardian house built in 1905 in West Palm Beach was moved to historical park Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Royal Palm Beach. It was originally a funeral parlor until its purchase by Karl Riddle in the 1920s, after which it was a private home. It is haunted ...


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    Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery

    Royal Palm Beach, Florida

    36.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Visit this cemetery and you might run into one of its famous "fogs" - paranormal mists that are very dense, appearing and disappearing suddenly. There are noticeable changes in temperature and the persistent feeling that someone is standing right next to you when actually you're entirely alone.


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    Palm Beach Atlantic University Library

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    38.3 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The University's Library, built many years ago, is claimed to be haunted by an old janitor. He worked there for many years, and then mysteriously disappeared. He is claimed to be heard rummaging through the old janitor's closet that has been locked up ever since the day of his ...


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    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    38.4 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    The ghost of a former janitor haunts the library. He's heard most often in the old janitor's closet, even though its been locked for years and years.


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    Deering Estate

    Palmetto Bay, Florida

    38.7 miles from Lazy Lake, FL

    Built over a Native American burial ground, this estate was once owned by Charles Deering, son of the founder of Deering Harvesting Co. Ghost tours are offered here, where participants hope to catch a glimpse of some of the estate's apparitions or see other evidence of the Native Americans who ...


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