Florida is the sunshine state of the United States of America. The southernmost state in the U.S., Florida has hundreds of miles of beaches, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Florida roughly translates to the ‘flowery land’ in Spanish. But how flowery is this land? Did you know that Florida is also one of the top ten most haunted places in the States? Read on to discover the most haunted places in Florida. This comprehensive list includes of various ghastly locations like the Harden house, Kenilworth Lodge, Haunted ghost light road and many other.
Ghost Light Road, Florida
On the outskirts of Jacksonville is a village called Switzerland. Far from finding the Alps or beautiful views, in this Switzerland, that you will find the Ghost Light Road, which is one of the most haunted places in Florida. It is believed that sometime in the 1950s, a man drag-racing a motorcycle died on this road. People that drive on this road often report being followed by a ball of light that looks like the headlight of a motorcycle. No matter how fast one drives, the ball of light will travel faster to catch up. In fact, the phenomenon became so talked of that in 1978 scientists visited the road to figure out what was causing this light.
Haunted Kenilworth Lodge
Located in Sebring, Florida, this lodge is very popular and has had its fair share of guests, including US Governors. However, there is more than meets the eye at this quaint and beautifully haunting lodge. Guests have reported feeling ghostly presence in their beds and on the stairs. Many have heard whispering, and noises in the hallways. Loud drums and noises have also been heard. It is believed that the former manager of the lodge, George, died here in 1950s. It is said that is this ghost of George, which makes Kenilworth one of the most haunted places in Florida.
Haunted Harden House, Florida
Another haunted place in Florida, Harden House is located in Clermont. It is believed that this house is haunted by the ghost of John Harden, a native of the town that lived in the house for years. John Harden was shot in the 1970s. He had rushed out of his house when he saw his truck had caught fire. As he tried dousing the fire, he was shot. John’s wife claimed to see her husband moving around in the house, in the same clothes that he had died in. The house was also featured in an episode on ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ back in October 1991.
Headless Pirate of Seahorse
In Seahorse Key lies next most haunted place in Florida. The ghost of a headless pirate is said to haunt the area at night. The pirate is identified as Pierre LeBlanc, who used to work for a man called Jean LaFette. LaFette left LeBlanc in charge of some supplies and treasure. A while later, a stranger came and lured LeBlanc into showing him the treasure. When LeBlanc passed out after too many drinks, the stranger stole the treasure. In the fight that ensued, it is believed that LeBlanc lost his head and continues to wander as the creepy headless ghost.
Village Inn, Florida
Originally built in 1887 as the Waltham Hotel, the Longwood Inn is one of the most haunted places in Florida. Paranormal beings lurk in the hallways of this 19th century building. People have reported feeling dizzy and hearing eerie noises. There have been sightings of children, doors opening and closing on their own, and lights going on and off without any reason. Even the elevator is believed to be haunted. Some believe that it is the ghost of George Clark, the third owner of the Inn that haunts the Inn today.
Old Opera House
In 1905, a fire destroyed most of the downtown area of Arcadia, Florida. It was then that this Opera House was built. Today, it is a museum with a uniquely antique shop. What is even more unique is that many weird happenings have been reported from this Opera House, making it one of the most haunted places in Florida. The figure of a young girl has been spotted on the second floor repeatedly. The sounds of footsteps and the voices of children have been heard as well. Eerie, is it not?
The Plaza Resort and Spa, Florida
Located on the Daytona Beach, the Resort has spooked the living daylights out of people. Originally the Clarendon, it was burnt in 1909 and rebuilt as ‘The Plaza’ in 1911. Today, The Plaza is one of the most haunted places in Florida. One of the guards reported seeing an apparition move in the basement and changes its shape. Weird lights were also spotted. To investigate the mystery, camera surveillance was put up. That is when the resort actually made news nationwide –ghosts were actually captured on the camera! It is believed that these are the ghosts of the guests that never left.
Haunted Princeton Hospital (Lakeside Hospital)
Located in Orlando and originally built as the ‘Mercy Hospital’, the Princeton Hospital is one of the most haunted places in Florida today. The hospital was solely devoted to mentally ill patients. It is believed that it is now haunted by the spirits of the deceased patients and doctors that treated them or died to the horrors that they had seen in the hospital. The second and third floor of the hospital are said to be the most haunted. One can hear rapping noises and screams. In the year 2000, the hospital was renamed as the Lakeside Hospital.
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Stanna’s Restaurant is an eating joint in Umatilla, Florida. It looks like your regular hang out place, but once you hear the locals tell you stories, you will know that it is not. It is haunted by the ghost of a woman, who is said to have hanged herself here in the early 1900s. Today, her shadow is often spotted in the restaurant. The ladies room is haunted too, with objects strewn about the place perpetually. The ghost can often be seen in a flowery dress. This place is definitely one of the must see haunted places in Florida!
Haunted Ybor City, Florida
Haunted Ybor City, Florida
Nestled in the northern part of Tampa, Ybor City is another haunted place in Florida. The city was established by Don Gavino, who hoped to make lucrative profits here. The city is very famous as an entertainment hub... and a ghost town. The streets of the city are said to be haunted by spirits of the past. These are the spirits of soldiers, immigrants, and workers of cigar factories. Once, the police met a woman running around, screaming. However, on investigations it was found that this woman had actually been shot in the early 1900s during a political debate! She haunts the Tampa Historic Cuban Club to this day.
Florida is a beautiful place. It is a blend of scenic beauty and enchanting stories. The place is haunted, mysterious, and wonderful. So the next time that you are in Florida, do not forget to tick all these places off your list!