Ghosts roam the earth in order to complete unfinished tasks, such as making peace with a loved one or picking up dry-cleaning. Finish undead errands with today's Groupon: for $26, you get a ghost tour for two from Ghost Tours of Miami in Coconut Grove (up to a $52 value).
Ghost Tours of Miami leads the brave-hearted and open-minded into the unseen, exploring an area teeming with stories allegedly dating back 10,000 years to the Paleolithic peoples up to the pirates, colonists, and celebrities. Built in 1926 and converted into a movie theater in the 1950s, the Coconut Grove Playhouse was a hot spot for celebrities, some believed to still frequent the seats. After exchanging agent info with an undead background player, tourists venture toward one of the oldest marked graves in Miami-Dade county, a recently designated national heritage site dating back to the late 1800s, where guides tell why a spirit not of the person buried there seems to haunt the grave. Other stops may include the The Mutiny Hotel, whose walls tell stories of a checkered past and where unruly apparitions are still partying like it's 1869.
The two-hour, half-mile walking tour explores 9–12 haunted sites, congregating at 7:45 p.m. at the first stop, the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Tours are limited to 20–25 people to ensure a high-quality, personal experience. The schedule runs Saturday and Sunday, and reservations are required by phone. Ghost Tours advises comfortable walking shoes plus single-photo cameras—video recording prohibited.
Origin Stories: The Undead Prefer Florida
Sandy Walker started Ghost Tours of Miami in 2005 after David Sloan—founder of The Original Ghost Tours of Key West and author of Ghosts of Key West—ignited her interest by portraying ghost tours as a form of cultural preservation. People showed a lot of initial interest in her tour, but were also wary of cheesy gimmicks, so Sandy forged strong relationships with Coconut Grove's historical landmarks, allowing her to bring tourists as close as possible to each story she narrates. Her tours seem to yield something new every outing—as illustrated by recent tourists from Texas who sent Sandy a photo flecked with odd streaks of colored light. The photo also captured a cherub-like figure of the same color sitting in the bough of a tree.
Ghost Tours Miami
It's easy to forget amid all of the concrete and neon, but Miami is an ancient place. Eons before the first modern residents began to move into the Coconut Grove cemetery, indigenous people were shielding themselves from the elements using the region's natural rock ridge and sunless tanning salons. Today, Ghost Tours Miami visits the restless spirits that have gathered here over the centuries, including the specters in the windows of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Pirates, pilots, gangsters, and those too close to gangsters have all met their ultimate fate in this tropical cove, and the photographs and stories of spooked tour guests testify to their continued presence.
Northeast Coconut Grove
3500 Main Hwy.
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133