From Weird to Wicked
From Weird to Wicked
Austin is home to one of the largest colonies of bats urban America, over 1.5 million Mexican Free-tail bats live under the Congress Avenue bridge over Lady Bird Lake. Every evening, just after dusk from March to November you can see the entire colony fly free to scour the city for insects, it is a terrifying and beautiful sight.
Our tour tracks down the tragic dual suicides at the elegant Driskill Hotel, both brides, both in a single room, chose to end their lives on their honeymoons. Not only that but remarkably it happed on the very same date, twenty years apart. It’s a remarkable coincidence or evidence of something darker at work.
This city has a unique way of encouraging eccentric behavior with its infamous element of the weird, which has led to an abundance of places you just can’t find anywhere else. On our ghost tour, you will visit haunted locations such as The Cathedral of Junk, the Hope Outdoor Gallery, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops.
People travel far and wide to get a taste of Austin’s unique spirit. What they don’t typically realize is just how haunted Austin is.
The history of the capital of Texas offers shocking stories of forbidden lovers, heartbreaking suicides, brutal murders, and freak accidents. Some of the ghosts we will encounter on our historic ghost tour are playful and harmless, but others are quite wicked and have committed some horrific crimes in their lifetimes.
At Austin Ghosts, we strive to provide our guests with accurate, yet chilling accounts of the haunted history of Austin.
The Dark Side of Bat City
Stroll across the City of Bats’ hotspots on our haunted ghost tour as we explore the dark side of its charming downtown streets.
On our ghost tour, you’ll not only visit the most haunted places in town but discover the history that lived…and lives on…in each building.
Keep your cameras ready because some pretty spooky footage has been captured on some of our very own expeditions. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the suicide brides roaming around the Driskill or witness the legendary Man with the Cigar thoughtfully pacing around at the Paramount Theatre.
This beautiful theatre resides on the same spot as Sam Houston’s war office. The legendary leader of the Texas Revolution and first congressman from Texas at the US Senate had his office here, and a freestanding wall is retained.
Rumor has it the fleabag theatre was restored in the 60s by the owner making a deal with the devil. The devil seems to always be lurking in the darker corner, like a not so silent shareholder.
On our tour, you will hear true stories that have been thoroughly fact-checked and researched. Join us on our journey through Austin’s dark side by booking your spot on our tour today and experience the spookiest places that the City of the Violet Crown has to offer.
Just after the eerie purple-tinged sunset has concluded it’s daily show come and join us for some true tales and the finest ghost stories West of the Mississippi.
Our nightly tours take you to downtown Austin’s most haunted places. Tour times may vary, click on ‘book now’ for all available times. As the citizens of Austin proudly proclaim to their visitors, “Keep Austin Weird!” On our Keep Austin Haunted tour, you’ll get to experience firsthand just how weird and spooky this city can be. There are many “ghost stories” surrounding Austin, but what you’ll hear from our guides is researched, up-to-date, and authentic.
All Ghost Tours meet at the entrance of the Omni Hotel at 205 E 7th Street.
The standard tour route is about 70 minutes, 0.9 miles. Eight different locations are included in our standard tour. The extended tour is 90 minutes total minutes long. Our extended tour includes five extra locations, adding 0.6 miles to the distance for a total distance of 1.5 miles.
Austin Ghosts tours are 70 minutes. Tour times may vary, click on ‘book now’ for all available times. Please arrive at least ten minutes early and allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the location. Tours are held rain or shine! A little rain never hurt anybody! Besides, a gloomy atmosphere is optimal for this experience.
Admission for the Austin Ghosts tour must be purchased ahead of time on our site. Click “Buy Tickets” to bring up the ticket order process, fill the (short!) form out completely, and confirm your reservation, then… you’re done!
You do NOT need to print your tickets or worry about mobile passes! After completing your tour reservation online, you’ll automatically be added to the admission list for your tour time and date. Simply bring your ID with you for us to verify your reservation before your tour begins.
Looking for some reasons to spend some time among our Austin Ghosts?
You need a crash course in Austin’s history
Austin has crammed a lot into a fairly short period of time, our tour covers each period of history, with true tales of history both ancient and modern.
Each tale of haunting springs for a real slice of life in Austin’s colorful past, you can’t help but learn about the history of this great city as the ghost tales bring the past to life.
Standing on the very sites of some of the crucial moments of Austin’s history you will absorb these stories into your soul like the city is imprinted on the spirits who roam the same streets today. Like Austin’s great Capitol building. The highest building in the early city’s history and recently renovated with a state of the art visitor’s center.
It also has an allegedly haunted giftshop. If the stories we relate on the tour are true, do your shopping there early in the day, it gets a bit hairy around closing time.
After the whole Texas legislature arrived by ox cart in October 1893 they set about building a city in the Wilderness. We’ll try and conjure the sights they would have seen here when they arrived.
No dam on the Colorado River for instance, and still signs of the first occupants. For hundreds of years Native Americans wandered the fertile valley and gentle hills Austin sits upon. With their complex rituals, beliefs, and religions these ancient civilizations left an imprint on the ground that has not been easy to erase, goodness knows the later European settlers tried.
Come and dive into the true tales of Austin’s history and the remarkable, memorable stories of today’s hauntings.
You want something the whole family can do in Austin
Even though our tours are full of the undead coming back to this plane to haunt those who walk in our steps, we work hard to make the tour family-friendly.
We encourage families, children and the tour is fully accessible. Our professional guides are adaptable and knowledgeable locals full of stories and trivia about the streets our tours take.
Perhaps you are on a date, a more memorable activity than a stroll in the park after a lovely dinner at one of Austin’s many amazing restaurants. We have stories that are suitable for all members of the family.
You are a Non-Believer, testing the water of the supernatural
Believing in ghosts requires a certain frame of mind, children, animals, and some adults open up to the possibility of thinner boundaries between this world and the next than mere science tells us can be proven.
If you are not one who is open to the supernatural, well done for even being open to a ghost tour of Downtown Austin. Even if at the end your hour-long standard tour, you decide not to take the 30-minute extension and see more of the amazing city of Austin’s sights in the eerie dark you will have heard some fascinating stories, learned about the fascinating origins of the author of the O. Henry stories. How he was wrongfully accused of embezzlement and skipped bail the day of his trial. He was a local of Austin and features at several of the locations on the tour.
The tours don’t try and convince you the afterlife is real, we simply lay out the evidence, the accounts we have researched and let you make up your mind.
In Austin and Not Sure of What to Do?
Austin has many entertaining activities, it comes alive at night, but the witching hour before the town revs up its nightlife is the perfect time to walk off dinner and learn something about the history of the town and the ghosts who just can’t let go.
The route of our ghost tour in Austin is just to the West of the main nightlife area of Austin, the tour finishes within yards of a strip of amazing bars where you can compare stories and wonder about the amazing tales you have just heard.
If your day is full in and around Austin may we suggest a final relaxing and entertaining ramble around just under a mile of the landmarks of Downtown Austin might be the perfect and thrilling end to your day?
Join us on the Austin Ghosts tour to get the most out of your time in town.
Only got a night in Downtown Austin
If you have a flight in the evening, are visiting Austin for just a couple of days then the Austin Ghosts is the perfect way to pass some time, pack in some exciting and entertaining sightseeing, or get a flavor of the historical characters that give Austin its unique character.
The tour starts right in the heart of Downtown Austin, and packs in several locations full of the spookiest stories and the most amazing history.
All in the Austin Ghosts take just over an hour, covers the epicenter of Austin’s haunted sites, and leaves you with a snapshot of every significant era in the city’s rich and important history.
From the Ghost who stalks the Paramount Theatre seeking Justice for the murder of her family in the early days of the Civil war, to modern ghouls who pace the corridors of the impressive downtown hotels. Our Ghost Tour has something for everyone and drops you within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, the train station, and easy transport to the airport.
Get an insider look at the Austin culture
The more eccentric residents of Austin make up a great proportion of the local ghosts. From the Irish joker who haunts the legendary Buffalo Billiards to the two ghosts who plague Handlebar, the only mustache themed adult bar in Austin.
These are just two of the destinations that have ghostly happenings to report, Austin is home to many characters that refuse to leave this plane for the next. A historical shortage of burial spots led mourning families in Austin’s history to bury loved ones in the walls and in the case of the Museum of the Weird in the columns. Most of the bodies were reinterred when a good spot had been found on the edge of the then city limits, but the ghost of this body remains at this very strange place that typifies the Austin Spirit.
Be a tourist in your backyard
We see many locals on our tours, we hear from people who have lived here their whole lives and not heard the stories we tell. Austin Ghosts is a great way to dive deeper into the dark past of your home town.
We have memorable stories that you will be able to share for years to come with your visitors from out of town. Maybe you’ll be able to add some local gossip or historical tidbits to the tour group, we welcome interaction and it’s a great way to make your group special.
So, become a tourist in your own town for a night, enjoy a meal somewhere new, why not stay away from home for a night too! Seeing your city in a new light is something we can defiantly help you do.