Haunted Places in Venice Gardens, Florida



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    Ringling Towers

    Nokomis, Florida

    4.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Pelican Alley Restaurant

    Nokomis, Florida

    5.1 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    The Hermitage

    Englewood, Florida

    7.8 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Restlawn Memorial Gardens

    Port Charlotte, Florida

    18.2 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Timber Chase Apartments

    Sarasota, Florida

    19.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Belle Haven Inn

    Sarasota, Florida

    20.3 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    Orbs and full body apparitions have been reported here. One report says that flashes (on cameras) routinely fail while investigating this location.


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    Chart House

    Longboat Key, Florida

    21.2 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Ringling School of Art and Design

    Sarasota, Florida

    21.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Sandlin House

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    23.8 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Port Boca Grande Light

    Boca Grande, Florida

    26.2 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Indian Spring Cemetery

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    27.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Manasota Memorial Park

    Bradenton, Florida

    27.5 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    City Walk Condominiums

    Bradenton, Florida

    29.9 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Manatee Avenue

    Bradenton, Florida

    30.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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

    30.5 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Useppa Island

    Captiva, Florida

    30.8 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Manatee Playhouse

    Bradenton, Florida

    30.9 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    This old 1920's era playhouse is rumoured to be haunted by the apparition of a young girl. Staff also claim to have heard running footsteps in the hallways after dark. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Hampton Inn and Suites

    Bradenton, Florida

    31 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    This 1920's style hotel was recently refurbished, which appears to have stirred up a whole lot of paranormal activity. Workers renovating the building reported that their tools would go missing, and that they would occasionally catch of a mysterious woman in a white dress on the seventh floor, who ...


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    Cabbage Key Inn

    Captiva, Florida

    31 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Coquina Beach

    Bradenton Beach, Florida

    31.2 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Fogartyville Cemetery

    Bradenton, Florida

    32 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Harlee House

    Palmetto, Florida

    32.2 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    When a young family from Palmetto bought and restored the historic Harllee house on the Manatee River they were excited to renovate itl. Ironically, the original owner saw its potential all along. The new buyers found a love letter in one of the closets, only it was from Mrs. Harllee ...


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    Sun House Restaurant and Bar

    Bradenton Beach, Florida

    32.4 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    This upmarket restaurant appears to have changed ownership and name, but the ghosts that inhabit the building appear to have stayed behind. Staff working late hours have reportedly heard a man and woman arguing outside the managers office, but upon investigation, no one is there. Other reports of ...


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    Plaza Hotel

    Arcadia, Florida

    35 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    The restaurant on the ground floor of this 1925 building is supposedly haunted. Staff have reported the apparition of an African American woman in a white apron in the kitchen and dining room, as well as a pair of ghostly men who have been arguing after the establishment has ...


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    Old Opera House

    Arcadia, Florida

    35 miles from Venice Gardens, 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

    35.2 miles from Venice Gardens, 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). We've been told this house has ...


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    Palm View Cemetery

    Palmetto, Florida

    35.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Madira Bickel Mound

    Terra Ceia, Florida

    35.9 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Bali Hai Beach Resort

    Holmes Beach, Florida

    36.1 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

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


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    Rogers Cemetery / Antioch Cemetery

    Venice Gardens, Florida

    38.9 miles from Venice Gardens, FL


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    Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    Terra Ceia, Florida

    40.8 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Fort De Soto State Park

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    42.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Walgreens

    Cape Coral, Florida

    43.1 miles from Venice Gardens, FL

    Strange noises, movement in the stockroom, cooler door opening by itself. Items moved, a shelf falling down for no reason. (Submitted by Doris Goering)


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    Hardee Correctional Institution

    Bowling Green, Florida

    43.3 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    First National Bank Building

    Fort Myers, Florida

    44.5 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Comfort and Joy - Galene's Paradise

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    47.1 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    47.1 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Don CeSar Beach Hotel

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    48.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Morris the Casino Cat

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    49.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    La Cote Basque Winehouse

    Gulfport, Florida

    49.5 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Historic Peninsula Inn and Spa

    Gulfport, Florida

    49.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Bloody Bucket Bridge

    Wauchula, Florida

    49.7 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Silas Dent's Steakhouse

    St. Pete Beach, Florida

    49.8 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Comfort Station

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    50.3 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    The Cordova Inn

    Saint Petersburg, Florida

    50.4 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Hotel Indigo - Martha Washington Hotel

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    50.5 miles from Venice Gardens, 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

    50.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Saint Petersburg, Florida

    50.6 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    St. Petersburg Coliseum

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    50.7 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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    Haslam's Book Store

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    50.7 miles from Venice Gardens, 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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