Savannah is often referred to as one of the most haunted cities in America. Nearly every resident in the downtown area has had an otherworldly/paranormal experience. So, of course, I put together a list of the best ghost tours in Savannah and other creepy excursions.
But why is Savannah thought to be so haunted? Well, take your pick really. From the bloody Siege of Savannah to slavery to the Yellow Fever outbreak, the bodies kept stacking up in Savannah. And with untimely demises comes unsettled spirits.
So needless to say, with all these upset spirits roaming the streets there is no shortage of spooky things to do in Savannah.
The Best Ghost Tours in Savannah & Other Ghoulish Things to do
Ghost Walking Tour
If you take only one ghost tour during your time in Savannah then it has to be Genteel & Bard’s famous Savannah ghost encounter tour. T.C, the founder, historian and guide, tells an incredible and informative story with just the right amount of theatrics.
There is nothing gimmicky about this tour. No one is dressed up in costume. But there is still PLENTY of atmosphere. Savannah is so spooky already that it doesn’t need props.
You have a little headset to make sure that you can wander around and explore but still hear T.C’s every word. In the dark, under the dim light of the street lamps, the spirits seem to come to life through T.C’s voice.
I’m not kidding, I genuinely slept with the lights on after this tour. There were even a couple of locals on our tour, so you know it must be good. It costs $25 per person and is worth every penny/cent.
Stay in a Haunted Hotel
Fancy a night in a haunted hotel? Well in Savannah you can take your pick. The Marshall House Hotel was once used as a Civil War hospital so all sorts of ghoulish and gory happenings went on within its walls. Guest report twisting doorknobs, loud noises, voices, electrics turning on and off and more.
Others include the Kehoe House, the Hamilton-Turner Inn, 17Hundred90, Foley House Inn and Olde Harbour Inn. So, you know, you’ve got plenty of options if you want to frighten the life out of yourself for a night or two.
Just remember, in Savannah they say never to talk to spirits, they might just answer you.
Fancy a not so haunted hotel? Check out my review of The Grant Hotel, one of the best places to stay in Savannah – CLICK HERE .
Eat in a Haunted Restaurant or Try a Haunted Pub Crawl
If you fancy your meal with a side of afterlife then you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice in Savannah.
The Olde Pink House is the perfect spot for a cocktail or dinner if you want to encounter the ghost of Mr. James Habersham Jr. Spirits have been known to hang out at the bar (see what I did there), asking unwitting patrons to raise a glass, only to disappear with the blink of an eye.
Other options include the Pirate’s House, Tondee’s Tavern, Moon River Brewing Company and Six-Pence Pub.
If you want to hit several locations in one evening then it might be worth trying one of the haunted pub crawls.
MORE SAVANNAH FOOD & DRINK INFO – Check out my article all about the best places to eat and drink in Savannah, Georgia. But, be warned, it will make you hungry!
Buy Sage & Cleanse Your Bad Vibes
Head to Olfactory Co., purveyors of fine continental soaps, teas and oddments, for something a little unusual. Pick up a sage stick to smoke/smudge around any room where you feel bad vibes or juju. Maybe, not your hotel room, because, well, smoke detectors.
But it might be good to bring some home with you in case anything supernatural follows you back from Savannah. Olfactory Co. has all sorts of other weird an wonderful trinkets, not just sage sticks. Pick up a cape, a Ouija board pillow or many some tarot cards.
The supernatural world is your oyster!
Get a Reading
What better place to visit a psychic or a medium than in Savannah, GA. With all that history they’re sure to pick up some sort of message or guidance for you from the other side.
Personally I LOVE a psychic or card reading when I’m at a cross roads in life. There are a few in Savannah worth speaking to. Psychic Virginia Lane is one of Savannah’s most renowned. She does everything from palm to tarot reading.
Christi Powell is another respected local psychic. She takes a very different approach, not using any props or cards. She says she reads energy and gets rid of blocked energy. She doesn’t come cheap though, at $275 per 60 minute session. But I hear she’s worth it.
Walk Through the Graveyards
Who doesn’t love a stroll through a cemetery?! Oh, just me? Well in Savannah the graveyards are sights to behold with old crypts, towering headstones and Spanish Moss hanging overhead.
Colonial Park Cemetery is the perfect spot for a spooky stroll. During the day it’s quite beautiful, but when it starts to get dark something makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
The cemetery dates back to 1750 and holds a mass grave full of yellow fever victims, among many other tragedies. Colonial Park Cemetery is where a high number of people on ghost tours report having a spooky encounter so enter at your peril!
Hearse Ghost Tour
Where the Genteel & Bard walking tour was all class and history with a side of spooky, the Hearse Ghost Tour is pretty much the opposite. A lot more theatrics, a lot more camp and often a lot more boozy.
You ride around Savannah in an actual hearse which has been transformed into a sort of convertible tour bus/hearse. It’s obviously the better option for people with mobility issues who wouldn’t be up for the walking tour.
To be comfortable I’d try and book out the whole hearse, so you’re not sharing with any unwanted bodies (dead or alive). The cost is $20 per person and the tour lasts up to 1.5 hours.
DISCLAIMER – Visit Savannah graciously hosted me during my time in Savannah. However, all opinions are, as always, my own and this article was not paid for.
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