The stories on these Atlanta ghost tours don’t have blood and gore — but are filled with just enough macabre to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. (PS Want to see more Atlanta Tours? Head over here.)
In the fall, there is always a heightened interest in the paranormal. If you aren’t quite up for a gruesome haunted houses, try listening to local ghost stories on one of these Atlanta ghost tours.
I’ll bet we can answer that nagging question, “Where are the best ghost tours near me?”
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Atlanta Area Ghost Tours
Oakland Cemetery | 248 Oakland Ave., SE, Atlanta | 404-688-2107
Historic Oakland Cemetery has many visitors by day, but only at Halloween do its gates stay open at night. What better place for a Halloween tour than a cemetery?
Hear about Atlanta’s past from a host of Oakland’s “residents.” Bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes for this walking tour. The ghost stories are historic in nature, and there aren’t any goblins or ghosts jumping out at you.
We did this tour a few years ago and the stories themselves aren’t scary, but walking around a cemetery at night could be a little frightening for little ones. We left my youngest at home that night.
Tours start at 5:30 p.m. each night at the Bell Tower (Quasimodo-ish, how creepy) and last approximately 75 minutes. Tours are sold in timed increments, so advanced ticket purchases only. These tours sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets as soon as you can!
Roswell Sq. 617 Atlanta St. | Roswell | 864-517-0688
Although I have never been on the Roswell Ghost Tour, it came highly recommended by our readers. The tour is given by paranormal investigators and showcases paranormal phenomena that is routinely experienced by residents, business owners, and even tour attendees. This is not costumed actors telling ghost stories.
One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Founders Cemetery, the burial site of the founder of Roswell, Roswell King. Here, bodies are buried beneath modern streets and houses. Grand Greek revival mansions and humble mill worker’s apartments are some of the haunted sites you’ll see on this mile of easy walking.
Your hosts are active paranormal investigators who promise to thrill, educate, and enlighten you with this experience. It’s recommended to bring a flashlight and if you have it — ghost hunting equipment. Each tour is approximately two and a half hours long and departs from the bandstand in Roswell Square.
131 Church Street | Marietta | 770-425-1006
The Haunted Walking Tour with the Ghosts of Marietta is a lantern-led, 90-minute walk through the historic streets of Marietta. Marietta is a gem of the south with a past that is deep in tradition, history and quality of life. As with any community harboring these traits, some residents chose to never leave.
Whether it is the departed spirit of a civil war soldier, or a mysterious resident of one of Marietta’s stately homes or businesses, you will hear the ghost stories behind these mysteries and maybe — if you’re lucky — experience them as well.
Ghosts of Marietta also offers other tours — like their Scaryetta Trolley Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl Tour.
Historic Square | Stone Mountain | 770-469-1105
A Tour of Southern Ghosts is held during the Halloween season so the ghost stories are a little scary, many times humorous, but never too frightening, and always appropriate for young children.
Each night offers a different cast of six storytellers, which means audience members may return to “A Tour of Southern Ghosts” on additional nights to hear a new collection of stories.
All proceeds benefit ART Station.
Aurora Theatre | Historic Square, downtown Lawrenceville| 678-226-6222
Discount: Check this link to see if they have 1/2 price tickets available to the Lawrenceville Ghost Tour through Goldstar
The Lawrenceville Ghost Tour is a haunted history walk through downtown Lawrenceville.
For many years, Lawrenceville was just a sleepy southern town, but then it grew, and much of the historic downtown area was renovated during the turn of the century. The renovations awakened the sleeping ghosts, and the reports of paranormal activity increased. Now you’ll hear all about it, and maybe experience it for yourself…
Whether the tales are based on local legends from long ago, or more recent paranormal investigations, the professional storytellers from Aurora Theatre are guaranteed to send a chill down your spine.
The Lawrenceville Ghost Tours last 90 minutes, and you’ll walk around the historic square during the tour. You’ll walk inside the Old Jail, learn about bizarre paranormal events that have happened nearby, and hear about the night the dead walked down Main Street.
Each storyteller has their own personality — a barefoot undertaker, a Greek fortune teller, Madame Macabre — which means every tour offers something a bit different.
Free Covered attached parking at the City of Lawrenceville Parking Deck at 153 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046
101 E. Court Sq. Bandstand | Decatur | 404-296-7771
Led by a paranormal investigator, the 2-hour Decatur Ghost Tour begins in the heart of downtown Decatur’s Historic Town Square. Here you’ll find a diverse enclave of quaint shops and restaurants that share common space with the ghosts of Decatur’s exciting past.
The tour stops at one of the oldest 2-story homes in Decatur, where it’s been said spirits haunt the walled up fireplaces and move freely about the grounds. Then you’ll travel down small streets untouched by time to the old train depot where late at night…the cries of the wounded soldiers might be heard, or the ghost of the station master might stare back from across the tracks.
You will never forget the twilight visit to Old Decatur Cemetery! Be sure to bring your camera, and don’t be surprised if you capture orbs and apparitions. Decatur’s dead are pretty restless.
Every stop has claims of paranormal activity, making this one of the most haunted tours.
Fox Theatre | Atlanta | 855-285-8499
Note: Tours are temporarily unavailable at the Fox Theatre due to COVID-19. This includes the Ghost Tours in 2020.
Guests will travel to spaces during the Fox Theatre Ghost Tours that are haunted by those who loved the theatre and the ground where it sits so much…that they never left.
Brave guests will walk through the historic theater to learn about the Fox’s 89 years of ghostly sightings and unexplained events. Tour attendees will hear stories from Mr. and Mrs. Fox, who are joined by other characters from the Fox’s past, as they share details of the theatre’s haunted history.
People have seen these ghosts and felt their presence while at the Fox. Will you?
Fernbank Museum of Natural History | 767 Clifton Rd | Atlanta | 404- 929-6300
Experience the darker mysteries of the forest as ghostly spirits begin to appear in the shadows.
This outdoor experience at Fernbank Museum of Natural History returns in 2020 for the third year, and includes new experiences. Guests will encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows and lurk in the far reaches of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.
This is a daytime adventure with evening opportunities, and Fernbank is offering evening guided walks suitable for kids ages 8 and up on certain dates.
Senator Russell Avenue | Acworth | 770-653-0756
Acworth Ghost Tours are seasonal walking tours that take place on Friday and Saturday nights in October.
You’ll explore the history and mystery around downtown Acworth on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Listen to spine-tingling true tales about the spirits who still linger!
These tours are not recommended for kids under 14.
Photo Courtesy: Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention & Visitors Bureau
A Little Farther Away
Go a little further from the Atlanta area, and learn more about the spooky happenings around our state.
200 West Hancock Street | Milledgeville | 478-452-4687
Originally designated as one of the four public squares of twenty acres each in the Milledgeville town plan of 1803, it later came to be known as Cemetery Square.
Walking tours will take place nightly, Tuesday, October 26 – Friday, October 29. There will be 2 tours a night 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will only be 20 tickets sold per group.
1105 Washington St SW | Covington | 404-455-1594
Not only is Covington home to vampires, (it’s where Vampire Diaries was filmed), it also has ghosts! Experienced “ghost guides” will give you a walk around a city rich with haunted history, while you get a taste of the “Hollywood of the South.”
As you visit a multitude of haunted sites, you will visit filming locations for television shows such as “In the Heat of the Night,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” and “The Vampire Diaries” of course.
Many of the sites on the Covington Ghost Tour have been investigated by paranormal investigators too.
Choose from multiple walking tours that last about 1.5 hours.
Downtown Dahlonega, | 706-482-8795
The 14-location Dahlonega Ghost Walk guided tour takes guests on an eerie and intriguing journey full of local tales and legends.
Tour guide and founder Jeremy Sharp weaves through streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings, and the historically significant local cemetery. He has studied Dahlonega’s history and has also worked with paranormal researchers using thermal cameras and other equipment to document some sightings.
The tour is approximately 1.3 miles long, and all on paved, designated walkways, with the exception of Mount Hope Cemetery, ending in front of the Visitors Center, 13 South Park Street.
Downtown Dahlonega | 706-864-2257
The Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, a not-for-profit organization, is conducting fun, interactive tours with ghost stories suitable for adults and children.
A new narrative has been written by local author Trisha Slay, who is working on a paranormal mystery novel. “Haunted Dahlonega: Spirits, Legends & Lore” explains why Dahlonega is such a hotbed of activity, includes Cherokee folktales, and explores local mysteries and benevolent hauntings.
All proceeds from the tour benefit the Dahlonega Gold Museum, to assist in keeping it open seven days a week.
285 South Main St. | Madison | 706.340.4357
Join Melissa for Haunted History Tours, an evening stroll through the shadows of Madison as she tells tales of hauntings, local legends, and a heaping helping of local history.
Tours held all year long, but times vary, so be sure to call. The Madison Tour is on Friday and Saturday evenings but extra tours are added during October.
Nightly Spirits used to offer a Haunted Pub Tour in Atlanta, but now they’ve moved their operation to Savannah. If you’re looking for a 2.5-hour tour that’s part ghost tour, part pub crawl — it’s a great one!
We’ve got a whole list of Savannah ghost tours for you to check out! You’ll be all set the next time you visit the Most Haunted City in America!
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