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Cincinnati hides a history of shocking hauntings behind its Midwest charms.

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Join us to uncover the hauntings of mass graves, murders, old orphanages, and more. Cincy appears calm and peaceful, but it hides secrets ready to share for those who dare to join this ghost tour!

  • Ghost Tour Meeting Location: On the steps in front of Memorial Hall across from Washington Park at 1225 Elm St.

  • Tour Duration: Approximately 60-90 minutes

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  • Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Cincinnati has long been known for its haunted history, and now it’s your turn to find out why! From hidden prohibition speakeasies to unmarked mass graves, Cincinnati Ghosts will take you to some of Cincinnati’s most elusive haunted locations. 

 

Cincinnati Ghosts takes you through one of Cincinnati’s ghostly hotspots, the Over-The-Rhine historic neighborhood. This home of early German immigration – hence the name– is full of well-preserved 19th-century dwellings. The working-class neighborhood has been wonderfully restored and is now a hot spot. Craft breweries are everywhere, and farmers’ markets happen every weekend. It’s a haunted hot spot too, many places still have their original ghosts, if you know where to look. Hear all the secret haunted stories as you walk the charming streets where they happened. You will also visit unique locations that other tours ignore, making Cincinnati Ghosts head and shoulders above the rest. With authentic and accurate history and only confirmed accounts of hauntings, even the most skeptical will be scratching their heads when confronted with these tales of the unknown.

 

On Cincinnati Ghosts you will uncover the gory history of some of Cincinnati’s gruesome past, including the hauntings of bars and theatres, the excavation of mass graves, unsolved murders, and untimely deaths. All the stories you will hear come directly from historical events, local legends, and eyewitness accounts of ghostly activity. Every account is painstakingly reviewed using historical records and accurate and up-to-date information regarding Cincinnati’s hauntings. Visit the About Us page to learn more about Cincinnati’s history and why Cincinnati Ghosts is the best way to dig into the haunted history of this fascinating city!

 

Our family-friendly and completely accessible tour is open to everyone, and while scary, we guarantee you will still be able to sleep after hearing the 8 or 13 stories on your Cincinnati Ghosts haunted tour of Cincinnati.

 

Why is Cincinnati so haunted?

 

As one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, these charming streets have seen bloodshed, tragedy, and crime since the neighborhood was built in the early 1800s. Spirits of the unmarked graves that were dug up to build Cincinnati Music Hall roam the area, some friendly, some not-so-kind. Old military hospitals, orphanages, outbreaks of disease and murders contribute heavily to the supernatural cloud that hangs over this neighborhood. Join Cincinnati Ghosts and experience Cincinnati as you’ve never seen it before.

 

The worst place to build – a graveyard 

 

Every researcher interested in the supernatural will tell you, building on top of a burial site is a huge mistake. Not only does it disturb the final resting places of people passed, but it angers their spirits, aggravating them, making them very restless. When Cincinnati Music Hall was being built, hundreds of gravesites were found and excavated, the remains being moved from location-to-location, and never genuinely being laid to rest. The same is true of Washington Park; archeologists found over 200 pounds of bones in less than 3 days of construction. Some were adult bones, some belonging to children, who may have died during Cincinnati’s Cholera outbreak in the 1830s. You’ll never believe how many people were buried under OTR’s most peaceful park!

 

A city doing well, at death. 

 

Cincinnati blossomed from its very beginning, situated on the vital route west for millions; many stopped in the young city and liked it so much they stayed. The Ohio river brought trade and prosperity to the first city founded after the Revolutionary War. It was also a curiously American city, with very low immigration, apart from the heavily Germanic OTR neighborhood that Cincinnati Ghosts explores. This made it a quintessential American city and the model for many that came after it. Cincinnati is also the birthplace of one President of the United States. William H. Taft was born and grew up here before becoming Theodore Roosevelt’s chosen successor. Later, he also became the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, the only person to have held both positions.

 

Cincinnati was also a pioneer in firefighting, with the first Professional Fire Department, also a model for many other cities. You will hear about several tragic fires on Cincinnati Ghosts and the spirit of one benevolent fireman who haunts a historic firehouse on the tour.

 

Cincinnati has a lot to see, and you will hear the Queen City’s whole history can be told from the charming streets of Over-The-Rhine. Join Cincinnati Ghosts to hear its royally spooky stories.

 

Cincinnati’s Cholera Outbreak

 

In the late 1830s, Cincinnati was devastated by massive floods that swept away hundreds to watery graves; the city was then ravaged with disease. Cholera grows in stagnant water and drinking it can be lethal. Symptoms of this awful disease include leg cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, and in severe cases, the rapid loss of fluids can result in dehydration or even shock. Without treatment, death can occur within a few of hours after symptoms first appear. It’s a horrid way to die and was common before good sanitation and clean drinking water were considered human rights.

 

The city’s early streets often filled with stagnant floodwaters from the angry Ohio River, this area was a breeding ground for disease. Over 422 people died during one outbreak here, mostly poor immigrants, who died cold and alone, and were buried in unmarked graves on the land where the Music Hall and Washington Park now stand. It’s no wonder this area is such a hotspot for ghostly activity.

 

This is just a glimpse into what you will experience on the Cincinnati Ghosts. Cincinnati’s rich past plays host to many dark, supernatural forces, the residue of lives of the past with unfinished business or cut short before their time. We can’t guarantee you’ll feel a cold spot or a ghostly squeeze of your shoulder, but it has happened to guides and guests in the past, and it might happen to you. 

 

Book your tour today to experience all of the Cincinnati’s most chilling haunts!

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8 Reasons to join the Cincinnati Ghosts

- You want to see ghosts!

Cincinnati Ghosts is for skeptics and dedicated believers alike! While we can’t guarantee you’ll witness an apparition, what we can guarantee is that you’ll get plenty of thrills and chills on your tour. Many of the stops on your tour are spooky in broad daylight, but when the tour starts, just as night falls, the shadows darken, and they become even more disturbing.

 

Add in your expert local guide’s narration of the deaths, sickness, and violent acts that happened here in Queen City, and you’ve got a mix guaranteed to scare even the most seasoned ghost hunters. The stories of hauntings we tell at each stop on your tour are based on eyewitness accounts and long-lived local legends, and many of the sites boast decades of reported ghost activity. We encourage you to take photos throughout your tour and to report any anomalies you witness!

- You want to learn more about Cincinnati and Over-The-Rhine! 

Whether you’re a lifelong resident of the Queen City or just visiting, everyone will discover fascinating facts from Cincinnati’s spectacular past! Cincinnati Ghosts combines factual, historical data about the city with local sightings and legends to bring you a tour that’s as fun as it is accurate. Kids, teens, and adults alike will enjoy becoming more familiar with Cincinnati’s history—and its resident ghosts!

- You’ve seen the other big things in Cincy! 

You’ve seen the Cincinnati Aquarium up close, watched all the Reds games you can handle for the season, and seen every single amazing neon sign in the American Sign Museum. Just when you think you’ve seen all the historic sites Cincinnati has to offer, think again! Cincinnati Ghosts is a perfect change of pace from the more conventional attractions. You’ll leave your tour with some fascinating stories about Cincinnati and its ghosts. Whether this is for entertaining out-of-town guests if you are a native of Cincinnati or telling friends and family about your visit to the Queen City, you are going to be more entertaining after a tour with Cincinnati Ghosts.

- You want to do something at night but aren’t sure what!

Maybe you want a fun warm-up to an evening of hopping around Over-The-Rhine’s many restaurants and bars, or perhaps you’re looking to impress a date with something unusual. Tours with Cincinnati Ghosts are scheduled to fit everyone’s schedule, even on weekdays. Your spooky experience will last around an hour and a half—the perfect time to get to know a date, have fascinating things to discuss on a night on the town or wind down from a fun day of sight-seeing.

See our Tour Details page for more information about the times and location of our tours.

- You want an unforgettable birthday, bachelor/bachelorette party, or family outing! 

Haunted Cincinnati offers customizable group tours if you are looking for the perfect activity for your next group event! Our team of informative guides can help you plan the perfect group tour. We can even work with you to tailor your tour according to your specific interests and needs. Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll work with you to help make it happen! Check out our Group Tours page for more information and to make a booking.  

- You don’t like conventional tours! 

Have you tried other guided tours of Cincinnati before and found yourself trudging behind an unenthusiastic guide who mumbled a few facts and dates before herding their flock to the next boring stop?

Fear not! Cincinnati Ghosts is anything but a conventional tour. Our guides are fun, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and committed to making sure you have the best tour possible. We want you to ask questions, get involved, and enjoy your tour! And, unlike a conventional tour, our tours are designed with entertainment in mind.

 

You won’t find any costumes, pranks, or surprises. The stories you will hear on your tour are entertaining enough, even though they are based on research and historical facts. As they say, truth is stranger than fiction, and we have some pretty strange tales to share. We have carefully crafted the route to be entertaining and ripe with factual data and present evidence of the ghostly and incomprehensible, bringing you the best of the stories and the most amazing facts from the storied history of Cincinnati. 

- You want to be a “cool” boss! 

What better way to build team spirit than to take your employees out for a group ghost tour? Cincinnati Ghosts has a little of something for everyone—scary stories for the thrill-seekers, research-based history for the scholars, and fun for everyone! Check out our Group Tours page for information on how to start putting together the best company outing your employees have ever attended!

- You’re tired of craft beer! 

Over-The-Rhine has a vibrant brewing scene, with a new craft beer place opening every week it seems. Maybe you’ve had enough brews from Taft’s for a lifetime! In that case, join Cincinnati Ghosts to hear the haunted history of Taft’s. If you want to take a break from trying every single new microbrew the neighborhood has to offer, then try Cincinnati Ghosts instead!

 

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