Looking for more haunted places to visit and explore? Next time you’re in Miami, Florida, be sure to stop at these reportedly haunted locations. According to Haunted America Tours, Miami, Florida, is ranked No. 9 on the list of the “Top Ten Most Haunted Cities in America.” Parts of Miami date to the mid-1800s and feature various cultural influences such as English, Spanish, Bahamian and Haitian. The top haunted places in Miami are not only nationally historic locations, but also have unsettling background stories that make them must-visit sightseeing destinations.
Mansions and Estates
Constructed in 1915 by art collector and businessman Charles Deering, the Deering Estate (deeringestate.com) is said to be built on an archaeological preserve that dates back over 10,000 years. Visitors to this site, added in 1986 to the National Register of Historic Places, experience severe drops in temperature, shadow movement, ghostly apparitions and the smell of cigar smoke in Mr. Deering’s office. Little Haiti’s Villa Paula Mansion was built in the 1920s and features 18th-century neo-classical style architecture. Reported activity includes doors and windows shutting on their own, the smell of Cuban coffee and roses filling the air, the sound of footsteps throughout the house, and numerous sightings of male and female apparitions. The Curtiss Mansion (curtissmansionblog.com) in Miami Springs completed construction in 1925, but unfortunately, owner Glenn Curtiss died five years later. Since his death, reported activity has included apparitions of a man and children, lights being turned on and off, and doors opening and closing on their own. The Curtiss Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Established in 1887, the City of Miami Cemetery is Miami’s oldest cemetery. As a historical city landmark dating back more than 125 years, it was listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. More than 10,000 people are buried here, including city founder Julia Tuttle, as well as Civil War and World War I veterans. Coconut Grove Cemetery was established in 1904 and features aboveground-style tombs. Now known as Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, it is the resting place of hundreds of Bahamian immigrants and was used in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. Activity reported at both cemeteries includes sightings of dark shadow figures, ghostly apparitions and unexplained whispers.
Hotels and Inns
Miami’s Biltmore Hotel (biltmorehotel.com) became a historic landmark in 1972. From its beginnings in 1926, it served as a posh resort to many influential visitors, including mobsters, until World War II when it became a military hospital. Apparitions of uniformed soldiers have been seen wandering the hotel’s hallways, and guests have smelled cigar smoke on the hotel’s 13th floor. The elevator is said to travel to the 13th floor on its own, which was at one time leased to New York gangster Thomas Walsh. Walsh was murdered in the hotel and was a known associate of mobsters Lucky Luciano and Dutch Schultz. Built in the early 1900s, the Miami River Inn (miamiriverinn.com) has been restored a few times over the years. As part of Little Havana’s South River Drive Historic District, the inn officially became a historical landmark in 1987. Residual paranormal activity reported here includes unexplained footsteps, floorboards creaking in the dead of night, doors slamming shut, pieces of furniture moving independently and antiques mysteriously crashing to the floor.
The Colony Theatre (colonytheatremiamibeach.com) in South Miami Beach was constructed with art deco-style architecture in the 1930s. As one of Paramount Pictures’ chain theaters, it has hosted a number of events, including films, comedy shows, dance programs and operas. Haunted activity reported at this venue includes apparitions of a woman wearing 1930s clothing and a white poodle roaming through the theater. People have also heard ghostly voices and footsteps in the backstage area, in the lobby and in the dressing rooms.