Haunted Places in Lake Placid, Florida



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    Harder Hall

    Sebring, Florida

    13.8 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    Built in the 1920s, urban legend states that every owner of this hotel has died under "strange circumstances" - often within the limits of the property. And we wouldn't want the facts to get in the way of a good story. Other ghost stories abound of former visitors ...


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    Kenilworth Lodge

    Sebring, Florida

    14.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Central Fire Station

    Sebring, Florida

    14.8 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Arbuckle Creek Bridge

    Lorida, Florida

    16.1 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    The Mailman of Avon Park

    Avon Park, Florida

    22.6 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    The Fisherwoman of Lake Arcola

    Avon Park, Florida

    26.7 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Popash School

    Zolfo Springs, Florida

    28.6 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Ghost Lights of Bereah Road

    Fort Meade, Florida

    29.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Old Blue House

    Arcadia, Florida

    30.9 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Plaza Hotel

    Arcadia, Florida

    31.1 miles from Lake Placid, 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

    31.1 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Bloody Bucket Bridge

    Wauchula, Florida

    31.4 miles from Lake Placid, FL

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


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    The Old Bank

    Okeechobee, Florida

    32.6 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    These days the "Old Bank" is just a boarded up building (though in 2012 several murals were added to make it look a bit nicer), but back in the 1920s it was the pride of the town. Local legend has it that a member of the Ashley Gang (a ...


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    Ghost Lights of Heard Bridge Road

    Wauchula, Florida

    33.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Webber International University - Camilla Hall

    Babson Park, Florida

    39.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Hardee Correctional Institution

    Bowling Green, Florida

    44.8 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Spook Hill

    Lake Wales, Florida

    44.8 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Clewiston Inn

    Clewiston, Florida

    45.7 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    Two rooms here are said to be especially haunted. Room 255 is said to be visited by Anita Conklin, a longtime inn resident who lived there with her husband, manager of the Miami Seaquarium. Ms. Conklin passed away in the room in 1994; her husband had passed away earlier. The ...


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    Indian Spring Cemetery

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    48.9 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Sandlin House

    Punta Gorda, Florida

    49.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Restlawn Memorial Gardens

    Port Charlotte, Florida

    50.6 miles from Lake Placid, 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 Stanford Inn

    Bartow, Florida

    50.7 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Old Polk County Courthouse

    Bartow, Florida

    51 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    First National Bank Building

    Fort Myers, Florida

    54.6 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    JPV Woods

    Winter Haven, Florida

    56 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Fellsmere Town Hall

    Fellsmere, Florida

    56.9 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The current town hall was formerly the local schoolhouse, and is rumoured to be haunted. Visitors to the building at night have heard strange noises, had their hair pulled and seen a shadowy apparition. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Marian Fell Library

    Fellsmere, Florida

    57.1 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    Paranormal investigators claim to have produced evidence of a haunting at this quaint library, named after the daughter of the original founder of the township. Activity reported includes orbs appearing in photographs, temperature drops and disembodied footsteps in unoccupied rooms. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Marsh Landing Restaurant

    Fellsmere, Florida

    57.1 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The building was built around 1926, and previously housed the headquarters for a sugar company. Now a delightful restaurant specialising in local cuisine, the complex is believed to be haunted, and even has its own ghost tour dinners available to diners. Staff have reported sighting the apparition of a ...


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    Scotty's Distribution Center

    Winter Haven, Florida

    57.4 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Devil's Tree of Oak Hammock Park

    Port St. Lucie, Florida

    58.8 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    In 1971, sheriff's deputy Gerard John Schaefer sexually assaulted and hanged two 19-year-old girls from an oak tree, then buried their bodies under it. The deputy returned for more unspeakable acts over the next 5 days. In 1977 the bodies were found by some fishermen. Local legend has it that ...


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    The Compound

    Palm Bay, Florida

    60 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The Compound is infamous in Melbourne for drag racing, dirt biking, four wheeling, paint ball and more, it is a large area of paved streets, of about 200 miles of road. The streets were paved in the 1980s by General Development Corporation (GDC), intended for housing development, instead, the company ...


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    Rogers Cemetery / Antioch Cemetery

    Lake Placid, Florida

    60.1 miles from Lake Placid, FL


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    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland, Florida

    62.1 miles from Lake Placid, FL

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


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    Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

    Lakeland, Florida

    62.3 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Indian River Community College

    Fort Pierce, Florida

    62.4 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The theatre at Indian River Community College is apparently haunted by a tall fellow who appears mostly blue in color. He hangs about in the broom closet near the left side of the stage, or in the sound room. Some people swear he danced or waved at them, ...


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    Treasure Coast Antique Mall

    Fort Pierce, Florida

    63.9 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The mall is housed in a 1920s historic home is said to be rich with hauntings from its past. It has been a private home, an inn, a bar, a gambling casino, and a bordello. Among the ghosts said to reside here is a bordello client from the 1950s-1960s who ...


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    The Patio

    Vero Beach, Florida

    63.9 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The Patio Restaurant on 21st Street close to the downtown area of Vero Beach was built in the 1930s by Waldo Sexton and was leased as one of the original Howard Johnson’s ice cream parlors. Later it was used as a gift shop/fruit stand and as the location of Waldo’s ...


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    Walgreens

    Cape Coral, Florida

    64.2 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Sunrise Theater

    Fort Pierce, Florida

    64.6 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    This 1926 theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is supposed to have some hauntings dating back to its glory days. Patrons have reported a phantom usher who disappears after showing them to their seats, while staff closing up for the night have heard ghostly ...


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    The Boston House - Cresthaven

    Fort Pierce, Florida

    64.7 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    In the early 1900s, William T. Jones, who later became the third Sheriff of St. Lucie County, worked as an engineer for Henry Flagler on the Florida East Coast Railway. Jones suffered an injury in a railroad accident and received a settlement for his injury. With his settlement he built ...


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    Koreshan State Historic Site

    Estero, Florida

    65.6 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The ghost of Cyrus Teed and his followers are said to haunt this state park and museum, waiting for their leader to resurrect. In 1869, the Chicago doctor changed his name to Koresh and developed a new religion in which he was the Messiah. In 1894 Teed brought his followers ...


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    St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

    St. Cloud, Florida

    66.1 miles from Lake Placid, FL

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


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    Hunter Arms Hotel

    Saint Cloud, Florida

    66.2 miles from Lake Placid, FL

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


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    Driftwood Resort

    Vero Beach, Florida

    66.5 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    Former owner Waldo Sexton is the haunt who resides here, a man who was known to be a bit eccentric. Guests who stay in the suites once occupied by the Sextons have reported hearing noises coming from adjacent empty rooms, and security guard once felt a tap on his shoulder ...


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    The Hermitage

    Englewood, Florida

    66.8 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Ringling Towers

    Nokomis, Florida

    68 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Useppa Island

    Captiva, Florida

    68.1 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Port Boca Grande Light

    Boca Grande, Florida

    68.1 miles from Lake Placid, 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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    Sebastian Inlet

    Melbourne Beach, Florida

    68.4 miles from Lake Placid, FL

    The area of the Sebastian Inlet was said to be adored as sacred ground (Locals call them the Icee Indians) many Indian artifacts have been found here over the years, and modern day spiritualists and pagans are very attracted to this area, saying it has energy cleansing properties. In 1872, Ideas ...


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    Cabbage Key Inn

    Captiva, Florida

    68.8 miles from Lake Placid, 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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