As one of the great historical cities of the modern world, Boston also lays claim as one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena. This spooky, 2.5-hour walking tour brings the sometimes terrifying other worldliness of this great city to life — or death ... More info ›
As one of the great historical cities of the modern world, Boston also lays claim as one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena. This spooky, 2.5-hour walking tour brings the sometimes terrifying other worldliness of this great city to life — or death. Discover the ghastly past of Beantown, visiting the Omni Parker House on the popular Freedom Trail, plus Granary Burying Ground, one of Boston's oldest cemeteries, and much more.
There are plenty ghost stories in store on this spine-chilling, 2.5-hour walking tour.
In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to more realistic, life-like visions. The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures.
Certain religious practices — like funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic — are specifically designed to appease the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of the phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.
Discover the terrifying ghostly and grim past of Boston. Stops include:
George Parkman Case House: Visit the site of Boston's grisliest murder, whose victim still haunts the neighborhood 150 years later. Lynchings and hangings were a regular occurrence in colonial Boston. The grounds are home to America's oldest ghosts.
Granary Burying Ground: Visit two of America's oldest and most-haunted cemeteries. Bring a camera — the orbs and specters will impress.
Omni Parker House: Founding owner Harvey Parker was such a perfectionist that even in death, he couldn't stop caring for the hotel. He frequently checks with guests to see if they have enjoyed their stay, and to make sure the hotel's more malevolent spirits don't cause them too much trouble.
Other highlights include the Boston Athenaeum and the Boston Massacre Site, home to the most famous bloodbath in US history.