The Spookiest Tourist Attraction in Every State
If you’re looking for a creepy travel destination you’re in luck—there’s at least one in every state to scare the pants off of you.
New Jersey: Seabrook-Wilson House
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Also known as the Spy House, the Seabrook-Wilson House was built in 1663 and it is reportedly haunted by a number of different presences. These spirits include those of a woman walking from room to room looking for her crying baby, a young boy staring out of the house’s windows, and an elderly sea captain roaming the grounds and halls.
New Mexico: KiMo Theater
Albuquerque’s KiMo Theater isn’t only a beautiful historic theater—it has its own tale as creepy as something out of a movie: In 1951, a water heater exploded in the theater, killing several people, including a six-year-old boy named Bobby. Legend has it that Bobby still haunts the theater causing mischief, like opening and closing doors or messing with the electricity. Here are 7 signs a building could be haunted, according to paranormal experts.
New York: Statler City Hotel
Located in Buffalo, the former Statler City Hotel was built in 1923 and was once home to several grand ballrooms and 1,100 guestrooms. Though no longer operating as a hotel, it is possible to tour Statler City and explore the rooms and hallways that may be home to numerous guests who never checked out, as well as staff members and reportedly even Ellsworth Statler himself.
North Carolina: Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is one of the most impressive structures in the state, as well as one of those most haunted. Former owner George Vanderbilt died suddenly in 1914 from complications following an appendectomy, but some think he never left the property. Some visitors report seeing Vanderbilt wandering the halls, and hearing his wife Edith calling his name. The Biltmore is the most famous home in North Carolina—find out the most famous home in your state.
North Dakota: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Established in 1907, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is the oldest state park in North Dakota and has some incredible historical features, like a reconstruction of General George Custer’s last home and five reconstructed Native American earthlodges. Each year, the park sets up a haunted fort attraction, based on real-life hauntings on the property.
Ohio: Ohio State Reformatory
If you’re a fan of the movie The Shawshank Redemption, you’ve already seen the Ohio State Reformatory. But you can also visit this creepy prison in real life, during one of their historical tours of ghost hunts. Over the years, visitors and tour guides have reported hearing and seeing all sorts of paranormal activities in the reformatory’s halls.
Oklahoma: Fort Reno
Historic Fort Reno in Oklahoma has seen a lot in the past century, from Native American history through World War II. And according to some visitors and paranormal investigators, many of its previous inhabitants never left. From unsolved murders to long-term mistreatment of Native Americans, Fort Reno has been the site of plenty of pain and suffering. Today you can take a historical spirit tour through the property to learn more about its past.
Oregon: Lithia Park
Located in Ashland, Lithia Park isn’t the serene nature-filled sanctuary that it appears. Over the years, visitors to the park have reported seeing apparitions of a young girl who was killed in the area a century ago, as well as a mysterious logger, and what has been described as a “dog-faced boy” who vanished in the 1920s.
Pennsylvania: Eastern State Penitentiary
The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia has been consistently ranked among the most haunted attractions in the world, and for good reason: many people met their end within its walls. This massive, castle-like building comes with tons of frightening history, including being the first prison in the United States to implement solitary confinement. This Halloween, a new interactive experience called Terror Behind the Walls brings visitors up-close and personal to some of the prison’s scariest parts.
Rhode Island: Providence Biltmore
The Providence Biltmore Hotel is not only a historical landmark, but it may also be haunted. Part of that may stem from the fact that one of the original backers of the hotel was a Satanist who performed many rituals on-site. It was also the location of several murders during Prohibition. Visitors have reported seeing disappearing people in the hallways—perhaps other guests who never checked out.