Haunted Spots to Tour in Philadelphia - The Overlook

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Haunted in Philly

Are you a thrill-seeker? Do you love a spooky excursion in search of the weird? The city of Philadelphia is actually full of old ghost stories and oddities, especially around this time of year, so you’ve come to the right place.

The Overlook is conveniently located that our residents can enjoy all of the festivities and landmarks of the city without going too far from home… or bringing the ghosts home! We’ve put together just a few of the haunts we think you should see this year – explore at your own risk.

Eastern State Penitentiary

The cells here no longer hold any prisoners, and haven’t since Eastern State Penitentiary closed down in 1971. Or, so they say. Tourists and residents can indulge in a few thrills by attending the Terror Behind the Walls haunted attraction every fall, but there are those who are convinced that the ghosts aren’t considered with what season it is. Considered one of the oldest and harshest of America’s former prisons, visitors report anything from hearing laughter in Cellblock 12 to strange visions in the halls.

The Academy of Music

While the Academy of Music has seen all sorts of legendary performers and guests over the years, there’s a story that says a few of them may come back to visit every once in a while. And most of the time, the reports of strange shadowed figures appearing and disappearing in plain sight, or of unseen seat neighbors who have a hard time keeping still during a performance, come from the upper balconies. So if you want Frank Sinatra’s opinion on the show, or to ask Ulysses S. Grant if he caught the first ever performance of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” scope out the seats in that section.

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site

The writer who brought us such bone-chilling stories as The Tell-Tale Heart, is said to linger around his landmark in Philadelphia. He only occupied this particular home for about a year, though he had several in the city, but apparently it was long enough to have made an impression on him. The Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site is a popular destination around this time of year, where visitors sometimes report seeing him wandering the halls. Looking for his heart, perhaps?

Historic District

Ever wish you could talk to a Founding Father? Be careful – they may not be as inaccessible as you think. Take a ghost tour by candlelight, or take off and explore on your own. Either way, there are those that claim they saw Benjamin Franklin and other big names wandering their old haunts, surveying the country they helped build. Some stops on the tour include Independence Hall, Society Hill, and Old City, the City Tavern, and more. Anyone up for a debate?

For more on Philadelphia’s most notable sites – haunted or not – stay tuned to The Overlook’s neighborhood recommendations. Or, if you’d like a ghost-free tour, contact us!

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