Best Atlanta Ghost Tours

You don't have to be a paranormal investigator or a professional ghost hunter to see the spooky side of Atlanta, the haunted sites are plain to see. Come check out the must-see tours according to the experts.

María Cano

María Cano

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Best Atlanta Ghost Tours

Ghosts | ©Nothing Ahead

Atlanta is haunted - so say the experts - and we've heard of ghosts, some even claim to have had a paranormal experience with them and anyone who wants to enjoy the best tours in Atlanta needs to book a space to know the spooky side of the capital of Georgia.

In this post you will find a list of the most popular ghost tours and excursions, from paranormal sightings in churches, cemeteries and monuments to unexplained events in houses. And if that wasn't enough, I also leave you with a bonus with creepy scenarios that made it to the screen with series like Stranger Things and The Walking Dead.

1. Roswell Ghost Tour

Ghost Tour| ©Carden D
Ghost Tour| ©Carden D

Are you ready to live one of the spookiest experiences in Atlanta? If your answer is yes, you must follow the footsteps of ghosts and ghouls in the heart of the city. Learn about the myths and legends of Roswell, the city that in addition to being obsessed with UFOs has hundreds of apparitions and curiosities to its credit.

The number of resident ghosts and spirits around Roswell's town square is astounding to say the least. The walls of the antebellum mansions that General Sherman never burned, the ravines with their ruined mills, the Founders Cemetery where the remains of Roswell King rest, and more.

The tour covers an approximately 1.5-mile easy walking route and is as exciting as it is enlightening thanks to the guidance of active paranormal investigators.

From SyFy to Ghost Hunters International, celebrities and experts in the paranormal field certify these tours as some of the best in Atlanta. What are you in the mood for?

Details of interest

  • Price: from $20.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Schedule: evening.
  • What the tour may include: active paranormal guide service.
  • Means of transportation: not applicable.
  • Pros: often meet around the Roswell Visitor Center, 617 Atlanta St., Roswell, making the departure and arrival point quite convenient.
  • Cons: the tour only includes the services of the guide. It only runs on a night shift.

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2. Haunted Atlanta Walking Tour

On the ghost tour with kids| ©Andrew Quinney
On the ghost tour with kids| ©Andrew Quinney

In Atlanta, it's not just about haunted places but the stories and footprints that jump out at visitors on every tour. From an abandoned mental institution to a haunted house to an evil doctor with corpses buried in his basement, there are many stories waiting for you to discover.

Begin your tour at Babs Midtown, visiting a haunted house where the sickly atmosphere of its first inhabitants has prevented them from finding peace for their souls to this day. Tour a Goodwill Donation Center where dolls and statues deserve their place in The Conjuring universe.

Investigate the paranormal activity at Stone Summit Fitness and Climbing Center, get to know the hidden side of the Fox Theater, Saint Mark's Church and Piedmont Avenue, and a half-dozen other spooky locations that mark the ghost history of Georgia's capital city.

These types of tours usually feature two versions. The first is 75 minutes with the most prominent sites. A second extended version that adds to the Victorian ghosts, a series of four more modern sites and the plane crash victims that continue to appear in Biltmore Ballrooms since 1970.

Immerse yourself in the strange energy of the city and take home spooky stories.

Details of Interest

  • Price: from 30 €.
  • Duration: 75- 120 minutes.
  • Schedule: evening
  • What the tour may include: expert guide service, in some cases with relatives of the ghosts.
  • Means of transportation: Not applicable.
  • Pros: Both versions of this type of tour are convenient, and the combination of ghosts of yesteryear with some "entities" of a few years old adds a different energy to this type of excursion.
  • Cons: Often offered only in high season, between July and October after Halloween. It only takes place at night.

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3. Atlanta: Marietta Ghost Tour

Cemetery Ghost Tour| ©Christopher Martian
Cemetery Ghost Tour| ©Christopher Martian

Stories of spooks, ghosts and other paranormal entities are common in Atlanta, but these beings are mostly concentrated at Kennesaw House.

With its 700 ghosts they position the Marietta History Center at the top of Cobb County's haunted sites in Atlanta and, with this tour, you can experience this crown jewel along with impressive sites such as the Historic Marietta Square, as well as the City Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery and National Cemetery.

This type of guided walking tour of downtown Marietta is usually led by expert investigators and mediums and guided by lantern light for 90 minutes. Think you know the city? What if I told you it was possible to dine in a former mortuary that has been restored to one of Marietta's most prestigious restaurants? What if I told you that a visit to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art often features the haunting of the ghost Katherine?

As with any community that hosts these types of shows, some residents decide never to leave. Such as is presumed to have happened to Civil War soldiers, as well as residents of stately homes. These are just a few of the curiosities of Marietta's most haunted building, which is why its details have landed the city on several history programs, as well as countless specialty books

Listen to stories of recent sightings and interactions told by employees of various establishments on the square and see if you've unknowingly rubbed elbows with the supernatural. This is a supernatural aficionado's paradise.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 20 €.
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • What the tour may include: guide with paranormal investigators. Streetcar ride.
  • Means of transport: on foot or by streetcar.
  • Pros: this type of tour is offered on foot and by streetcar through historic Marietta, so you can choose an experience tailored to your tastes for ghost sightings and interactions. Unlike other tours offered only on Halloween, you can participate in these tours year-round.
  • Cons: A minimum of 4 participants are required for the tours and you can cancel your experience up to 3-4 hours before your appointment. It only takes place at night.

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4. Atlanta: Guided tour of the Spirits of Oakland

In Costume on the Ghost Tour.| ©A Muñoz
In Costume on the Ghost Tour.| ©A Muñoz

Better known as Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, the guided tour of the spirits of Oakland is one of the fun things to do in Atlanta in the fall.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland guided tours are a Halloween tradition designed to illuminate the cemetery's resident spirits rather than scare, bringing to life the stories of some of Oakland Cemetery's most notable and famous residents.

A costumed guide leads you through the beautiful Victorian gardens lit up for the occasion, where you learn about their fascinating stories amidst musical performances, craft beer and cocktails. Best of all, you can go in costume, ideal to list among things to do with kids in Atlanta.

During the 75-minute tour you get to know the history and charm of Historic Oakland Cemetery in a new and exciting way. The walking distance is approximately one mile. Every 15 minutes a new group starts the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tour throughout the last two weeks of October.

Details of Interest

  • Price: starting at $25.
  • Duration: 75 minutes.
  • What the tour may include: a costumed guide. Attendance at musical performances, plays and other entertainment activities.
  • Means of transportation: on foot.
  • Pros: it takes place during the day and at night, unlike most ghost tours. The dynamic is different, not trying to scare the attendees but honoring the spirits in and around the cemetery. It is a different perspective of this kind of tours and makes them perfect to share with the family while preserving the atmosphere of the season.
  • Cons: This is an autumn activity so it is not available the rest of the year.

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5. Atlanta: Ghost tour of the Fox Theater

Fox Theatre| ©arianravan
Fox Theatre| ©arianravan

If you've ever wanted to see the spookier side of the movies, Atlanta's Fox Theatre has it all for you on this nighttime ghost tour.

It's one of the places highlighted by professional ghost hunters and mediums and, not just a legend, this tour holds a place of honor among the things to do in Atlanta at night thanks to the multiple testimonials that claim to have seen ghosts or felt their presence at the Fox.... Want to join that group of witnesses?

During the 60-minute ghostly tours of the Fox Theatre, tour participants walk through spaces haunted by those who loved the theater and the land it sits on so much...that they have refused to leave them. Brave visitors walk through the historic theater to learn about more than 90 years of ghostly sightings and unexplained occurrences.

Children ages 10 and up are welcome among the attendees who will hear the stories of Mr. and Mrs. Fox, along with other characters from the Fox's past while enjoying a cocktail in the Marquee Club. By being attentive and with your senses attuned, you will be able to feel the presence of spirits and other entities roaming the premises, this is a tour of great distinction.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 50 €.
  • Duration: 60 minutes.
  • What the tour may include: expert guide service, access to the Marquee Club, seasonal cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert at an exclusive stop on the tour.
  • Means of transportation: on foot.
  • Pros: This is a ghost tour for VIP clients. The evening is exquisite and ghost sightings are highly probable according to experts.
  • Cons: It is one of the most expensive tours of its kind, however, their combos include meals and drinks so they compensate the cost.

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6. Fernbank Museum's Forest Ghost Tour

On the ghost tour.| ©Andrew Quinney
On the ghost tour.| ©Andrew Quinney

Each year the Fernbank Museum presents its Halloween exhibit in an event titled Fernbank's Halloween, Woodland Spirits, where adults and children discover the ghosts peeking through the shadows of the woods.

The experience takes visitors among the curious confines of literature from exponents such as Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz among others. The intention is to evoke mystery, adventure and imagination during the Halloween season through commissioned sculptures that change the atmosphere of the 263,000 square meters of the park.

The Fernbank Science Center is considered one of the best museums for children in Atlanta and the advantages of this event begin upon arrival, the entrance is included in the Atlanta City Pass, one of the many advantages offered by this pass.

Details of interest

  • Price: starting at $25.
  • Duration: all day during the Halloween season (the week of October 31).
  • What the tour may include: walk through the different areas of the park such as the rain park, the dinosaur plaza and the science lab.
  • Means of transportation: on foot
  • Pros: the pass makes for an entertaining day where kids have fun while learning about science and history in a perfect witches' day atmosphere.
  • Cons: This is not a ghost walk with paranormal events, here the intention is to have a good time with the family.

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What excursions should I not miss besides the ghost tours in Atlanta?

Stranger Things landmarks in Atlanta| ©Doctor Casino
Stranger Things landmarks in Atlanta| ©Doctor Casino

The spooky reputation of certain areas in Atlanta precedes and gives rise to the tours we saw above and, following the theme of legends, myths and hauntings in the capital of Georgia, some Hollywood productions found their sets in Atlanta. These are places that make your hair stand on end and where you can breathe a supernatural atmosphere, these are:

The tour of the Stranger Things filming sets

Stranger Things is a Netflix series with a cult following. The production house chose Atlanta to recreate the macabre 80's atmosphere so timely for the series.

As the name says Stranger Things happens in that space and if you're looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon, this private tour of Stranger Things filming locations will allow you to see some of its best sets while you hear interesting facts, know the secrets of the place and learn all about the Hawkins Institute (Hawkins Middle School) and the iconic houses during 3 hours of excursion.

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The Walking Dead Atlanta Tour

Now you can discover the real locations where the series was filmed! This The Walking Dead Atlanta Tour takes place in the Senoia region, better known in the series as Woodbury. You also visit the locations where scenes were shot in Alexandria, where the main characters are set up throughout the series, and you'll even have the opportunity to choose your prop weapon.

This guided tour lasts about 2 hours and everything is set up for a Halloween zombie experience.

The Walking Dead Atlanta film set tour

Tips for a ghost tour in Atlanta

Ghost Tour| ©Rick
Ghost Tour| ©Rick
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as most tours are on foot and distances can be long. The more comfortable the better.
  • Confirm your tours, as unlike other tours, ghost experiences are usually offered for a standard minimum number of participants according to the operator you hire.
  • If you are traveling with children, confirm if your children can participate in your chosen tour.
  • When booking time for ghost tours in Atlanta consider that most of them take place at night and usually last between 75 and 90 minutes.