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Most Haunted Places in Galveston, TX

Galveston has a very colorful, not to mention dramatic history. The island once served as a central point for commerce in Texas before it was decimated by a Hurricane in 1900. A large number of buildings were completely wiped out and the island never fully recovered from the disaster.

It is this massive loss that seems to have triggered many of the most well-known incidences of paranormal activity in Galveston, although there are a handful of newer tales too.

Join us in digging a little deeper into the history behind some of the most haunted places in Galveston, TX:

9. Moody Mansion

An image of the haunted Moody Mansion, Galveston TX

Stories of specific hauntings in Moody Mansion are few and far between, but there are more than a few tales of mysterious goings-on throughout the years.

Disembodied footsteps and other strange, unidentifiable noises have been reported throughout the house.

Perhaps the most notable phenomenon in Moody Mansion is the surprisingly common photographic anomalies. Pictures taken on the grounds of Moody Mansion have frequently been shown to have mysterious, blurred “guests” popping up in them. Sometimes it’s little more than a shadow in a place that ought not to have a shadow, while in others it can be something a little more defined.

Learn more about the haunted Moody Mansion, Galveston TX

8. Stewart's Mansion

Stewart's Mansion

Stewart’s Mansion was once part of Stewart Ranch which was gifted to the State of Texas in 1969 and became what is now known as Galveston Island State Park.

The mansion was not part of the gift, but it is known to be one of the most haunted properties in Galveston with several different entities tied to the property.

Many of these are linked to the location of the mansion and its significant role in Galveston history.

For example, just beyond the gates, there is a historical marker for ‘Lafitte’s Grove’ indicating the location of Jean Lafitte’s headquarters during the Battle of Three Trees between Lafitte and the Karankawa Indians in 1821.

Caretakers at Stewart’s Mansion have reported seeing apparitions of Native Americans and Pirates in the area and also hearing the sounds of cannons, muskets, cries, and screams which sound like an echo of the battle itself.

There are also reports of disembodied growls and barks often accompanied by the smell of wet dog which has been attributed to a legend regarding a pack of 12 black dogs belonging to Pirate King Jean Laffite.

Apparently, a voodoo queen performed a ritual over the pups as they were born transforming them into supernatural ‘hellhounds’ with flaming red eyes!

The voodoo queen herself has also been seen around Stewart’s Mansion dressed in dirty clothes and wearing a necklace of bones.

There have also been reports of shadow figures darting between the trees around the property. This truly is one of the most haunted places in Galveston.

7. Seawall Walmart

If there is one place that you probably did not expect to find on a list of Galveston’s most haunted locations then it is probably the local branch of Walmart.

However, the Seawall Walmart is built on the land that was once occupied by St Mary’s Orphanage and employees say that many of the children are still around!

Toys often move around the store when there are no customers around and entire pallets of toy inventory have gone missing only to reappear later.

There are also frequent reports of children laughing or crying and a couple of employees have even seen apparitions of the children.

6. The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop’s Palace was finished in 1893 and it is one of the few original buildings on Galveston which survived the hurricane of 1900.

According to the locals, the original owner Walter Gresham is highly protective of the property and still haunts the building.

He is most often spotted during, or just before freak weather events. Those who have seen him have described him as being in an agitated state as he paces backward and forwards across the front porch.

He seems concerned that even though Bishop’s Palace managed to survive in 1900 it might not be so lucky the next time!

5. Ashton Villa Mansion

Ashton Villa Mansion

High on the list of Texas haunted houses , Ashton Villa Mansion was built between 1861 and 1865 by wealthy Texan businessman James Brown who was keen to show people just how well off he was!

The 3 story mansion is fit for royalty and was likely the first home in Texas to be constructed in all brick.

The house was put to use as a hospital during the Civil War and spent time under the control of both the Union and the Confederates at one time or another.

These days, the property is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Galveston.

Among the reports of paranormal activity, there are sightings of a beautiful blonde woman wearing a turquoise colored evening gown and holding an ornate fan. This is believed to be an apparition of James Brown’s eldest daughter Miss Bettie Brown.

Other paranormal activity around the house includes ceiling fans turning on, the alarm going off for no reason and phantom piano music.

The piano music is attributed to Bettie’s younger sister Tilly Brown. Staff have also reported seeing civil war era soldiers around the property from time to time.

Learn more about the haunted Ashton Villa Mansion, Galveston

4. Van Alstyne House

Van Alstyne House

Van Alstyne House was built in 1891 and it is nicknamed ‘The Gingerbread House’ because of its distinctive appearance.

For many years the building housed an antique store, but the owners eventually had to abandon it because of an onslaught of paranormal activity.

Just some of the activity that they reported over the years included the alarms going off in the night for no apparent reason, tables being completely flipped over, a toy truck rolling towards a visiting police officer and a disembodied voice threatening a visitor that he was going to die if he did not leave immediately!

3. Maison Rouge

Maison Rouge

In his day, the pirate king Jean Lafitte is said to have ruled Galveston with an iron fist and apparently, he buried the treasure somewhere on the island.

This is why you will find the area where Maison Rouge once stood completely fenced off. There were too many treasure hunters coming to dig up the property in search of his loot!

The foundations that are visible there are not, in fact, those belonging to Maison Rouge, but rather a house known as 12 Gables which was built there much later by Captain Hendricks.

Over the years there have been many reports of unexplained noises coming from the ruins. These range from the sound of men arguing with one another to the sounds of some kind of party. Whenever witnesses get close the noise stops abruptly.

There have also been reports of some strange light anomalies and little balls of bright blue, red, white and yellow floating around the ruins of Maison Rouge.

These seem to linger in the air before moving quickly across the yard and up what would have been the front stairs of the house!

There have even been reports of a shadow figure moving between the ruins. This certainly is one of the most haunted buildings in Galveston!

2. The Hotel Galvez STAY HERE

The Hotel Galvez

The Hotel Galvez is apparently the oldest hotel on the island and it just so happens to be one of the most haunted places in Galveston too.

In particular, room number 505 is a hotbed of paranormal activity and very few guests have managed to last the entire night in the room due to the uneasy feeling they experience.

People tend to feel very uncomfortable in the room and they have described smelling the unexplained scent of gardenias in the room as well.

There are said to be a number of different spirits haunting the hotel including one known as ‘the lovelorn lady’.

She is apparently the ghost of a bride to be named Audra who was staying at the Hotel Galvez while her intended was off at sea. She liked to take the elevator up to the 8 th floor where she could climb out onto one of the turrets on the roof and watch for her love’s ship returning.

One night following a terrible storm, Audra heard that his ship had been lost and promptly hung herself in room 501. Ironically, her fiancé arrived home safe only to learn of her death.

She is now said to haunt the room in which she died. Guests have had doors slam, lights malfunction and seen strange lights in the room.

Audra is by no means the only ghost haunting this hotel, there are also many reports of the apparition of a nun called Sister Katherine who haunts the west wing of the hotel, a little girl in a period dress who plays in the lobby and a male spirit who harasses ladies in the first-floor bathroom!

Learn more about the haunted Hotel Galvez, Galveston TX

1. The Tremont House Hotel BOOK A ROOM

The Tremont House Hotel

The Tremont House Hotel is one of two Tremont brand hotels on the island of Galveston. It was opened in 1872 and welcomed many celebrity guests including several US presidents, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Anna Pavlova among others.

It served as a shelter for hundreds of people during the great hurricane of 1900. However, it was closed in 1928 and quickly fell into disrepair leading to its demolition.

A new Tremont House now stands in its place and it boasts 119 rooms taking up one and a half blocks! It also boasts a number of spirits who call the Tremont home.

One of the most commonly spotted ghosts here is a Civil War soldier who usually haunts the first-floor lobby, bar, dining room and office. He marches back and forth as though standing guard.

There is also said to be another male spirit in the hotel who goes by the name of The Lucky Man or just ‘Sam’.

He is apparently a salesman who walks with a limp who was murdered as he slept after winning big gambling that night. He is blamed for most of the paranormal occurrences on the fourth floor.

Other spirits said to be in the hotel include a little boy named Jimmy, a ghost who loves to scatter guests clothing around and a number of storm victims!

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Haunted Places in Galveston, Texas

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1895 Moody Mansion

Galveston, texas.

This 1895 mansion is open to the public for tours. Visitors have reported disembodied footsteps and apparitions which have shown up in photographs. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Van Alstyne House

The 1891 'Gingerbread House' housed an antiques store for many years, until the owners left due to the overwhelming paranormal activity. Reports ranged from tables being flipped over by unseen hands to a foreign voice that told a visitor that he would die if he didn't leave right away. (Submitted ...

Ashton Villa

Miss Bettie, daughter of the historic Ashton Villa's first owner James Moreau Brown, is rumored to have haunted the house since its 1975 restoration. Her apparition has been seen in a long turquoise dress on the second-floor landing. Her pianist sister may be here too, some say, because the piano ...

The Victorian Inn

The third floor Zachary Suite - in king bedroom an unseen woman hums a happy tune. In the living room, a man whistling and being touched on the shoulder has been reported. In the queen room someone reports being touched on the back from shoulder to shoulder. On the ...

Michael B. Menard House

The 1838 historic mansion is the oldest house in town, and may be one of the most haunted. A former owner would hold séances in the house until his death, and supposedly encountered a number of spirits from a bygone era. However, most of the ghosts haunting this place ...

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Hotel Galvez

Said to be the oldest hotel on the island, Hotel Galvez has a haunted room 505. Reports say that very few people actually stay all night in that room, because there is an eerie presence that makes them feel uncomfortable. The mysterious scent of gardenias is said to be a ...

Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace was finished in 1893, and was survived the Great Hurricane of 1900. Rumour has it the protective former owner, Walter Gresham, still haunts the place, and has been known to appear during freak weather events. Witnesses say his spirit appears agitated, pacing back and forth across ...

Point Bolivar Lighthouse

Bolivar peninsula, texas.

According to legend, the keepers son killed his family now he haunts the grounds trying to find his dead parents. this 116 foot black lighthouse was built in 1872 but is no longer in use. (Submitted by Nathaniel)

Midnite Slice

Seabrook, texas.

Midnite Slice is housed in the original Seabrook Post Office. Reports include doors opening and closing by themselves and a broken oven timer ringing. Alarms going off by themselves. A woman visited Midnite Slice claiming her the ghost of her mother was at the location and she stopped by to visit. While ...

Cork Grinders Wine and Coffee Bar

Baytown, texas.

I own a wine, craft beer and coffee bar in the historic district of Baytown, Texas. Our building is very eclectic and was built in the late 1920's. It was originally a theater (The Texan Theater). My staff and I sense a paranormal presence on a regular basis. Recently we ...

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Anahuac, Texas

The 1845 plantation-style mansion was formerly owned by surveyor general Thomas Jefferson Chambers, who was shot dead through a ground floor window in 1863. Local folk say that a shadow has been seen pacing the downstairs room where he was assassinated, and screams have been heard coming from the ...

First Line Apartments

Pasadena, texas.

The apparition of a woman in white haunts the apartment complex. She has been seen pacing the hallways and walking in and out of rooms in owners suites. She has also been seen by motorists staring down into the street late at night. Residents have reported hearing strange noises and ...

H.E.B. - Auto Zone

Houston, texas.

This site formerly was an H.E.B. grocery, and is now an Auto Zone. The ghost of a little girl has been seen walking in the back warehouse. Before the location was bought by H.E.B., it was there that she was murdered after being kidnapped.

2309 Wichita Street

The unusually pointy and turreted private home at 2309 Wichita St., made up of half-timbered gables, spires and rooftop decks, is rumored to be haunted, perhaps by former owner and former VA nurse Charles Fondow, who passed away in 2011 in a Barbados hospital at age 64 after becoming ill ...

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Spaghetti Warehouse

Supposedly rife with spirited activity. The haunting tales usually center around an elevator shaft where one or more people plunged to their deaths.

haunted gingerbread house galveston

The unoccupied second floor is the site of most of the haunting claims. People report ghostly footsteps and items moving as well as the full-body apparition of a large black male ghost.

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Old Downtown Library - Julia Ideson Building

Reported to be haunted by the ghost of a former caretaker and his dog.

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Bob Casey Federal Courthouse

This courthouse is said to be haunted by a former judge who died after complications from surgery. Apparently, unable to let his work go, even after death, he continues to haunt the building. People claim that his chambers are colder than the rest of the building (no reports ...

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Jefferson Davis Hospital

The hospital opened in 1925, and it had been built over an 1840s city cemetery that held thousands of graves. Many were unmarked, suspected to be cholera and yellow fever victims. Although some gravesites were moved, it is said that the actual remains were not transferred along with them. The ...

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Jefferson Davis Hospital - Elder Street Artists Lofts

Elder Street Artists Lofts, formerly the Jefferson Davis Hospital, is said to be haunted by deceased hospital patients. The activity here is said to stem from the fact that the site was built over an 1800s cemetery where about 3,000 Civil War and yellow fever victims were buried. Before the ...

Patterson Street

Some say if you drive down the street slowly you will see black figures begin to follow the car and see handprints appear on the windows. The car will feel very cold in spots.

Kingsgate Village

The ghost of a girl apparently haunts the apartment complex. There's a story of her ghost seeking revenge and killing her unfaithful boyfriend but the story is so obviously the product of an overactive, watched-too-many-B-movies mentality that we can't be bothered to reproduce here. Just because one believes ...

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The Historic Ott Hotel

Liberty, texas.

This 1928 historic hotel is said to be haunted by several spirits. Two are thought to be Anna and Joshua, a couple who were killed under mysterious circumstances while Anna was having an affair in the hotel in 1930. Oddly enough, they were said to have been killed by the ...

Office Building

Employees here have witnessed footstep sounds and elevators opening by themselves. Objects have been reported to move and disappear, reappearing in different places.

Patterson Road Bridge

At this bridge on Patterson Road, which runs between Highway 6 and Eldridge, visitors have experienced some strange events. It is said that if you park your car on it at night, you will hear tapping all over it. The spirits doing it are reported to be ghostly soldiers who ...

Ghost Lady of West 7th St

Port arthur, texas.

It is said that one night, a woman was decapitated here as she was trying to cross the train's path while it was stopped. Folks say her ghost can be seen walking down the tracks.

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Wunsche Brothers Cafe and Saloon

Spring, texas.

A benign and lively ghost apparently haunts this cafe in Spring, Texas. The ghost is believed to be the original owner Charlie Wunsche. Although the ghost appears more inclined to mischievous pranks - holding doors closed, hiding items and messing with electronics- he has been sighted by employees ...

Old Greenhouse Road

Katy, texas.

Urban legend has it that if you turn off your headlights and drive around the corner to the bridge slowly, a mist will form into person-shape. It is said to be the spirit of an older woman who died in a car accident here.

Lamar University - Sigma Phi Epsilon

Beaumont, texas.

Local tales say this house, purchased by the university in the 1980s, was once a dream house built by a farmer. After the farmer passed, it fell into disrepute as a brothel. Now a frat house, a ghost named Chester is said to reside here, making himself known by knocking, ...

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Holiday Inn

Security Cameras picked up a creepy shadow on the wall of the 2nd floor. There are no windows down this hall, and the camera was only activated by motion. Ghost hunters came to check this out and what they found was astonishing. The hotel is currently closed, ...

Forest Lawn - Kissing Statue

Legend has it that at night at this cemetery, two statues awaken and kiss. So the story goes, if you shine car bright headlights on the man and woman statues from the driveway that runs behind them, they will come to life, turn around, and kiss. Another point of note ...

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Witch's Grave - Katy Magnolia Cemetery

The urban legends on witch stories never fail to slay me. This one is just as fascinating. So apparently there was allegedly a 200 lb sphere on top of the Witch's Grave monument and if you read the inscription, looked away and looked back really fast, it would ...

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Cinemark Tinseltown 17 and XD

This spot, as urban legend tells it, is haunted by the apparitions of a small boy and a man. They were said to have died in a trailer park long ago when one was murdered and the other burned to death in a fire. Witnesses have also heard voices and ...

Light of Saratoga - Bragg Road Ghost Lights

Saratoga, texas.

The Ghost Light is known to appear and disappear at night without a known cause. Some attribute the phenomena to swamp gas; others say it is the spirit of a railroad worker who was decapitated in a train accident and is searching for his head. The light is said to ...

Huntsman Chemcial Plant

Conroe, texas.

In the administrative building of the chemical plant, the apparition of a tall pale man has been seen wandering the corridors. He is believed to be a former worker who died in an explosion here. Doors open and close by themselves, and night patrol staff have reportedly been followed by ...

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Big Woods Cemetery

Vinton, louisiana.

Shadows and electrical interference are the two big ticket items to look for when visiting Big Woods cemetery.

Martha Chapel Cemetery - Demon's Road

Huntsville, texas.

Bowden Road is called Demon's Road by some locals, because of all the hauntings that have been reported here. It leads to Martha Chapel Cemetery. Locals warn visitors here not to provoke the spirits, as ghosts have been known to follow visitors home. A hand reportedly came up out of ...

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Steam Boat House

The Steam Boat House on the Park Grounds of the Museum. It is located behind and off to the side of the Gift Shop. Sam Houston lived, died, and was funeralized in this house. Vague reports of paranormal activity here but no solid details. (Submitted by Tabitha)

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Said to be haunted, the Woodland Home at this museum site is a bit of a mystery. Folks say from the loft you can hear the sounds of unseen people walking beneath you and even see their footprints in the gravel below, leading to the house. It is said that ...

haunted gingerbread house galveston

Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville - Walls Unit

Although it hasn't been in use since the 1950s, this unit, an abandoned death row, is said to be haunted. Witnesses describe apparitions and unexplained sounds here as well as on the nearby catwalk; it is reported that on one Halloween, a correctional supervisor recorded the sound of a disembodied ...

Oakwood Cemetery

At this cemetery where renowned General Sam Houston is buried, there is a statue commonly called "Black Jesus." According to legend, the bronze statue was erected over the grave of a 5-year-old boy, and it sooned turned deep black. No amount of cleaning could restore the color of the statue. ...

Grimes County Courthouse

Anderson, texas.

Whoever haunts this 1894 courthouse is not known, although the list of possible candidates include a member of Clyde Barrow's gang who was sentenced here, or the man who was shot dead in a five-day gunfight outside the courthouse at the turn of the century. In the latter case, ...

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Top 10 Haunted Places in Galveston You Should Visit

Top 10 Haunted Places in Galveston You Should Visit

Galveston has a grand reputation for its dramatic history and the haunted places within the city.

One of the most popular things to do when visiting is to take a ghost tour exploring the haunted Galveston. Its rich and dramatic history makes it an excellent spot for ghost hunting.

This town has everything you need to set the stage for amazing ghost stories: Native Americans battling pirates, Voodoo queens, the tragic death of a bride, and the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

While at it, we highly recommend our haunted ghost tour. Riding a Segway is super easy and fun. Besides, you can quickly move from one house to another, enabling you to easily explore most of the haunted places.

It seems like there is no shortage of paranormal activities here. Join us in exploring the top 10 haunted places in Galveston:

Top 10 Haunted Places in Galveston

Ashton villa.

The Ashton Villa

This beautiful family home was built by a gentleman named James Moreau Brown in 1859. The ghost of Brown’s daughter Bettie is said to reside there today. In life, she was reportedly an eccentric, free-spirit, and her ghost seems to be the same.

Her spirit has been reported to be seen in various areas of the house. Odd happenings have frequently been reported, including Bettie’s bed refusing to stay made.

Visitors have also reported hearing a male voice arguing with a woman, though nobody can be seen. One assumption is that this is the ghost of one of Bettie’s suitors, angry that she will not marry him.

Bettie is not the only haunt in the house. Visitors and caretakers also claim to hear piano music playing at times. It is thought to be Bettie’s sister Tilly since Bettie never learned to play the piano in life.

Soldier ghosts have also been spotted in and around the home; Ashton Villa served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

St. Mary’s Orphanage

st. Mary Orphanage in Galveston

It is one of the most tragic stories in all of the haunted Galveston. During the Great Storm of 1900, 10 nuns tried to protect the 93 orphans under their care.

They tied themselves to the orphans and promised not to let the children go. All but three orphans perished.

Today a Walmart stands on that location, marked by a historical plaque on the nearby sea wall. Employees have reported many hauntings over the years. Full shipments of toys have disappeared, only to reappear later.

Toys are often found all over the store, in places they don’t belong. And, most hauntingly of all, employees report hearing disembodied laughter and crying from a child.

There have also been ghostly sightings of a nun walking on the nearby beach.

Van Alstyne House

The Gingerbread house

Also often referred to as “The Gingerbread House.” It was built in 1891, and after it was a residence, it served as an antique store for many years. It was forced to go out of business because of its hauntings.

Owners tell stories of alarms ringing out at all hours, even though there was nothing to set them off. One incident involved a table being flipped over on its own.

Another involved a toy truck rolling over to a police officer, even though nobody was there to push it. Perhaps the most frightening of all was when a phantom voice threatened the life of a visitor to the shop.

The Bishop’s Palace

Bishop's Palace

This beautiful Victorian home was built in 1892 by Walter and Josephine Gresham. It is widely regarded as one of the most prominent Victorian architecture examples in the United States today.

Perhaps this is why Walter’s ghost roam around inside and outside the home, according to legend. Visitors widely suspect that Walter is protecting the property.

On stormy nights Walter’s spirit seems to be more active, pacing the front porch. Perhaps he remembers the fright of the Great Storm?

Some tourists have also reported feeling somebody hitting or scratching them while they pass by or attempt to photograph the home.

Despite all, the Bishop’s Palace remains one of Galveston’s  most significant historical landmarks .

Stewart’s Mansion

Stewart's Mansion

This site has one of the richest histories in the haunted Galveston. The land was once the campground of Karankawa Indians and the site of Jean Laffite’s pirate colony.

In 1821, the pirates and the Native Americans fought the Battle of Three Trees here.

Since that time, a home was built on the property and changed hands many times over the years. Mansion caretakers have reported seeing ghosts of pirates and Native Americans, as well as hearing them fighting and dying.

The property is also supposed to be haunted by a pack of 12 black hell hounds with flaming eyes.

The dogs were possibly once owned by Laffite and cursed by a Voodoo queen, according to lore. That would make sense once you consider the reports of haunting sounds of Voodoo rituals.

The Stewart Mansion was sold in April 2015 to be used as a clubhouse for waterside development.

Haunted Mayfield Manor

Haunted Mayfield Manor is yet another haunted house in Galveston

Man-made spooks are advertised here, though there may be some actual ghosts beneath it all. Tourists can purchase tickets to this attraction to experience the tale of a doctor gone mad after the Great Storm of 1900.

This attraction is housed in a building that was built in 1867. However, it was used as a makeshift morgue during the storm. Many locals believe that this building truly is haunted.

Broadway Cemetery

Broadway Cemetery, Galveston is part of the most haunted places list

A meeting of 7 burial grounds used between 1839-1939, the Galveston cemetery covers six city blocks. Visitors to this cemetery learn about murders, suicides, and ghosts rumored to haunt the area.

The most famous of the city’s residents are laid to rest here, including Bettie Brown and the founders of Galveston, Michael Menard, and Samuel May Williams.

Maison Rouge Ruins

The Maison Rouge ruins is one of the most prominent haunder places in Galveston

The Maison Rouge is one of the most haunted places in Galveston. There have been many reports about these paranormal activities around the property.

Many people reported strange noises coming from the remains. Another report stated that strange male voices were arguing with one another. But, the most creepy was the report of a shadow moving in the ruins.

Even though the witnesses heard the noises from afar, whenever they got closer, the noises disappeared. Creepy, indeed.

1838 Michel B. Menard House

Michael B. Menard's house is one of the haunted places in Galveston

In 1838, one of Galveston’s founders had this house built, making it the city’s oldest residence.

Over the years, there have been many ghostly reports of groups of children playing in the garden, where several storm victims had been buried.

Many also say that they have seen Menard’s daughter’s ghost crying by the grand staircase, mourning the lover who jilted her.

Some people who have stayed there have said they felt somebody watching them sleep or heard laughter.

One guest lodged there by the Galveston Historical Foundation was so frightened by his stay that he refused to stay another night.

Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez was built in 1911 and is one of the most well-known hotels and haunts on the island. Today ghost tours flock there to experience one of the most haunted sites in Galveston.

It is most famous for the story of the “ghost bride” who hung herself when she believed her fiancé was lost at sea; however, the scares don’t end there.

Guests claim to have seen candles blowing out on their own and dishes breaking with nobody nearby. Spooky tales of people hearing breathing and kids laughing are not uncommon.

Several staff members claim to have seen a woman in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform and a man walking by together, only to disappear before their eyes.

Perhaps the creepiest tale is that of a young girl spotted bouncing a ball. These all have taken place in areas of the hotel where guests are not permitted. Guests also have reported supernatural experiences in their rooms, and some have even checked out because they were so scared.

The Best Galveston Ghost Tour

The haunted legends ghost tour from Segcity Galveston can give you a taste of all the best haunted Galveston has to offer. As you pass by each of these spots on your Galveston ghost tour, you will hear incredible stories of tragedy, disaster, and crime.

No other tour can move you along so quickly while at the same time allowing you to get close and personal with the famous haunted places of Galveston.

Galveston Ghost tour: Haunted Legends

You will feel the ghostly presence of the spirits of pirates, heartbroken lovers, Native Americans, and lost orphans right beside you as you travel through the city.

Are you brave enough to embark on a spooky Galveston ghost tour? You may not be able to get to sleep that night, but perhaps staying awake is the safer bet when you are in the haunted Galveston.

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Dare To Visit The Haunted Side of Galveston

Galveston, Texas - home to the deadliest storm in U.S. history - welcomes thrill seekers this spooky season.

The season for thrills and chills is here and Galveston Island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for “haunted” travel. From an over a century old “haunted” hotel to Galveston’s storied harbor, cemeteries and Victorian mansions, this October the island will be bustling with visitors seeking to be spooked by numerous ghost stories that stem from the country’s deadliest natural disaster and other tragedies.

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I once doubted the haunted nature of Galveston. Surely, ghosts don’t roam island streets and hotel hallways. All that changed one recent afternoon during lunch at what is now the Grand Galvez . While among some writers and some hotel staff, I noticed the knife on my bread plate vibrating out of control. I checked for shaking legs under the table. Nope. I checked overhead to see if the fan could cause this movement. Nope. And, our conversation at the time centered around the haunted stories that abound at this site. So, now I’m a believer.

Interior of the Grand Galvez Hotel in Galveston

Whether you’re a doubter, believer or someone on the fence, it’s the season for thrills and chills in Galveston. The island’s ghostly history makes it one of the top destinations in the country for “haunted” travel. Chief among them is the island’s 110-year-old Grand Galvez , which has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for its paranormal significance.

The hotel, which offers special ghost tours during October, is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hanged herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be.

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Galveston has many other sites that are considered haunted, including an 1867 building that served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The building now houses Haunted Mayfield Manor – a year-round haunted house attraction in downtown Galveston. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a psychologically thrilling experience. The Galveston Historical Foundation , which manages many of the island’s well-preserved historical sites and Victorian mansions, also offers ghost tours throughout October. Many of the island’s historic places have ghost stories attached to them as Galveston has been home to epidemics of disease, war, fires, storms and many merciless pirates, including the infamous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island’s first European settlement. This year, visitors can enjoy Haunted Harbor Tours in Galveston Bay and Galveston Ghost Stories in the city’s oldest home, the 1838 Menard House .

Many, many people have lived and died by these waters, and perhaps some of the dead still reside here. We invite our guests to listen to the stories and decide for themselves. But you don't have to believe in ghosts to know that the dead are a presence on this island. Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation

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Historic cemeteries are a big draw for visitors seeking the supernatural. Indeed, Galveston has been described as a cemetery with its own beach. Several companies offer tours of the oldest burial places on the island. And there are several tour operators offering haunted tours throughout the island.

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Dr. Mayfield welcomes you to his home where you will meet ghosts and ghouls; you may encounter the strange shadow people that dwell in our attraction.

BEWARE! The young doctor is quite insane so his actions can be unpredictable! Visits to the manor are continuous during operating hours.   You may buy your tickets online or at our box office at the Manor.

Haunted Mayfield Manor is located on the Strand at 23rd Street next door to its sister attraction, Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast.  Special group rates for groups of 15 or more call for details! Haunted Mayfield Manor is also available for   special events .

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Historic Galveston Ghost Tours is your home for authentic historical information on all of Galveston’s best ghost stories. In the spirit of the genre made popular by Dash Beardsley in years past, our ghost tour guides take you on a grand expedition through the historic Silk Stocking District and beyond while you soak in the sights and sounds of the island.

Historic galveston ghost tours specializes in custom events and personalized tours. we guarantee to delight even the most skeptical ghost hunter. our guides offer a unique, rich history on all that galveston island is and was and why this special place is considered the most haunted city in the united states..

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We specialize in customized group tours for corporate training events, bachelorette parties, high school and grade school tours and daytime tours. We will be glad to help you plan your event and suggest restaurants, hotels and other accommodations. Call (832) 245-0492 for details.

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Ticket prices   , $25 for adults | $15 for kids under 12 |  4 and under  free | all active military free with i.d., arrive early to meet your ghost medium.

Your tour guide with years of experiences, from historical consultant to television shows, to the haunted streets of Galveston will have the answers to all of your paranormal questions and is ready to  fill your mind with the dark history of Galveston ghosts.

• Please arrive 15 minutes early.

• children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult., • tours meet daily at  6, 8, 10pm & 11:59pm • please meet your tour guide at the side entrance of the rosenberg library located at 2310 sealy avenue. once there, look across sealy and you will see a parking log. tour guests may park here for free. at the top of the parking lot, at the corner of 24th and sealy, you will see a pavillion gaz eebo. the gazeebo is where you will meet your tour guide. please arrive 15 minutes prior to the time scheduled for your tour., some of the haunted sites you’ll see on your awesome adventure.

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Sealy Mansion

John Sealy wanted to the best for his family so, we decided to build them the largest and most lavish house on the Island. The children's play room was in the attic and had a Broadway stage. To this day the children continue to perform for anyone brave enough to witness the stage doors opening and closing by themselves. Magnolia Sealy, the head of the household is seen wandering the halls too shy to speak with visitors. 

The Normandy Inn

Only one person ever liked living at the Normandy Inn and that was the man who brought Satanism to the island. One week after construction, a young boy threw himself out of the window… AND LIVED. When asked why he did such a thing, he replied, “Something evil was going to kill me”. Now The Normandy Inn has become a pilgrimage site for those who practice voodoo, black magic, Satanism and witch craft.  Many sacrificial rituals have taken place here including… A HUMAN!  To this day, it is still used as a portal the hell.

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Ashton Villa

The extremely wealthy eccentric Bettie Brown’s spirit is forever roaming the elegant halls of Ashton Villa. Many have seen Bettie wearing a turquoise dress and carrying a fan during lavish events held at the mansion. Even death can’t keep Betty from being the life of the party…and scare the guests half to death.

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The way he put his own spice into the mix of the tour keeping up with conversation and fun facts about Galveston and the history of the ghost tour.

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The attention to details and dates was staggering. We learned so much in such a fun way. Will definitely recommend this tour.

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The tour guide was obviously passionate and well studied, his opinions and views were funny and calculated. He made a point to make eye contact with everyone in the group and generally made a connection with everyone. Very enthusiastic and passionate!

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Me and my friends tried this ghost tour for the first time and we absolutely loved it! I’ve never done anything like this but we definitely want to try more. Our tour guide made it Interesting and was full of life. Galveston's history is intriguing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost

Tickets for adults are $25. Children are $15. Active duty police, fire personnel and military are always free. No need to buy a ticket.

What are the tour times?

We offer tours at 6, 8 and 10:00pm. (Midnight on Friday and Saturday)

Where do we meet?

We gather on the corner of 24th and Sealy. If you need to google something, type 2310 Sealy, which is the side entrance of the Rosenberg Library. Across the street is a parking lot. Park there near the gazebo which is on top of the parking lot near the 24th street side.

Is this a walking tour?

Absolutely! It's the only way to get up close and personal with all the fun to be had. The Fog will begin to morph and suddenly you'll feel a cold breath on your neck.

How much walking is involved?

About a mile with frequent stops. We stroll along at a very comfortable pace. There is safety in numbers from what lurks in the shadows. And, we have never lost anyone... yet!

Are wheelchairs or golf carts permitted?

Yes, wheelchairs are permitted. Golf carts can be tricky, but doable. This is the best tour for someone in a wheelchair.

Can we bring Fido?

Dogs are a favored guest on all of our tours.

What makes a ghost?

The paranormal researchers tell us that ghosts are formed in four ways; sudden death, demonic possession, habitual (they just don't want to leave), or unfinished business. When the 10,000 souls died in the great hurricane of September 8th of 1900, the massive loss seems to have triggered many of the most well known incidences of paranormal activity. It is further speculated that ghosts like to live near water, who knew.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free lighted parking on the street.

What if I don't believe in ghosts?

Whether you're a believer, a professional ghost hunter or down right skeptic you'll be amazed and glad you took this tour. Read our reviews and see just how many minds we've changed. The history alone is fascinating.

Is this the tour appropriate for children?

Yes. But we assure you, they will be afraid. We would not like for anyone to have to leave because their child does not want to ghost hunt any longer.

Do you offer military, police or fireman discounts?

Members of the MILITARY, POLICE & FIRE departments are all FREE! Thank you for all that you do. You don't need to book a ticket. Just call 832-245-0492

Are you required to wear a mask?

You are not required to wear a mask, but you can wear one if you want. We want everybody to have a great time but also be safe. The entire tour is conducted outside in the open air so you can socially distance as far as you would like. Our tour guides speak very loudly so you'll be able to hear them from well over six feet away. You won't be touching anything. NO doors, seats or handrails. We won't even touch your phone to verify reservations.

Is there a bathroom along the tour?

No. Best to be prepared before the tour starts.

What if it rains?

Wear a raincoat and bring an umbrella. We're like the post office, rain or shine, nothing keeps us from our appointed rounds. But if it's really pouring, you can reschedule, or we'll be happy to refund your money in full. No questions asked.

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Haunted hot spots: A look at Galveston's spookiest places

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GALVESTON, Texas -- Galveston Island may be known for its beaches, cruises and booming tourist industry, but it is also a place filled with dark history.

Considered by some to be one of the most haunted places in the United States, Galveston is home to locals who share dozens of tales of the restless spirits of pirates, criminals, children and others who are said to still roam the island. Here are some of Galveston's supposedly haunted places.

1) Hotel Galvez

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston

Built in 1911, Hotel Galvez, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, is known as a hot spot for wealthy residents and celebrities. But it has a more sinister past, as well.

According to reports, years ago, a woman staying in a fifth-floor room hanged herself after learning she had lost her husband at sea, and her spirit, dubbed the "Lovelorn Lady," still causes commotion on the fifth floor.

Will Wright, the chief creative officer for the Galveston Historical Foundation, said the hotel offers programming about its supposedly haunted room.

"It's definitely a big piece of the Galvez history, Galvez lore," he said.

The women's restroom downstairs also is apparently haunted, with reports of shaking stall doors, self-flushing toilets and sinks turning on of their own accord.

2) Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill

2402 Strand St., Galveston

In the 1920s, a police officer was chasing a suspect through The Strand, Galveston's oldest district, when the officer finally caught up to the suspect, and they got into a scuffle. The two shot each other, and the officer died.

Galveston resident Dash Beardsley, who has a passion for ghost hunting and has given thousands of tours of haunted places through his business, Ghost Tours of Galveston, said the officer still roams the street where he died, outside what is now Shark Shack.

"The cop supposedly haunts all that. He likes ladies," said Beardsley, who added a woman who worked at Shark Shack said she saw the officer's ghost. "Many people have felt his presence."

3) Galveston Ice & Cold Storage Building

104 21st St., Galveston

Galveston Ice & Cold Storage is a building constructed around 1910. It is also a popular spot for ghosts of many types, Beardsley said.

There have been reports of everything from ghostly weddings to the spirits of children seen roaming the abandoned building, he said.

4) Menard House

1605 33rd St., Galveston

The oldest residence on Galveston Island, the Menard House, is rumored to be a hot spot of paranormal activity.

According to various reports, guests have seen ghostly children in the garden and a woman crying over a lover who betrayed her. Some who stayed in the house said they heard unexplained laughter or felt some unseen presence watching them sleep.

"It is not uncommon for us to hear from people that stay there that it doesn't always feel right," Wright said. "It just has a haunted feeling to it."

A few years ago, the Galveston Historical Foundation brought in a musical guest from out of town and put him up for the night in the Menard House. The guest called Wright about 30 minutes later, saying he felt spooked and wanted to sleep somewhere else.

5) The Trolley Station and the Nichols Building

2021-2023 Strand St., Galveston

Two Civil War-era conjoined buildings built are supposedly home to spirits.

In the back, there is an open lobby allowing visitors to see up to the second floor. Years ago, an old rocking chair sat on the second-floor balcony, Beardsley said.

One day, a group was standing on the first floor beneath the balcony when they heard the chair start to move. A woman sent her husband to investigate, and he found the chair rocking, and it slowed as he stepped closer, Beardsley said.

The buildings are the site of other strange occurrences as well. Visitors report seeing the ghost of 12-year-old girl named Annabelle, as well as a gentleman dressed in 1960s attire.

6) Riondo's Ristorante

2328 Strand St., Galveston

Across the street from Shark Shack is Riondo's, which was once a home.

During the Galveston hurricane of 1900, a nurse working at the home pulled in people floating by through the window. She separated the victims by sick, wounded and dead.

Beardsley said her exposure to the sick is what led to her death.

"She supposedly haunts that building, and I believe it," he said.

Three years ago, Beardsley held a ghost hunt in the building, and dozens of voices came through voice recording equipment, saying they had been victims of a great storm, Beardsley said.

7) Ashton Villa

2328 Broadway Ave. J, Galveston

Built in 1859, Ashton Villa was the home to Bettie Brown, a Galveston celebrity.

Beautiful and wealthy, she was pursued by men but never wed. Some believe her spirit haunts the Ashton Villa, Beardsley said.

A caretaker was in the home restoring it when she heard a woman's voice ask, "Who is the most beautiful of them all?" Beardsley said. Bettie's chest of drawers in the house allegedly locks and unlocks itself.

A piano in the house has reportedly played by itself, making Beardsley believe Bettie's sister Mathilda haunts the house; unlike Bettie, Mathilda played instruments.

8) Old City Cemetery

Ave. K Rear, Galveston

One of the places Galveston Ghost Tour visitors can see is the Old City Cemetery, which is actually seven cemeteries in one and nearly 200 years old. Bettie Brown is one of the hundreds of people buried at the site, Beardsley said.

Another body buried at the cemetery is of Elize Roemer Alberti, who killed four of her children with poisoned wine, he said.

Many of the people laid to rest in the cemetery died during the 1900 Galveston hurricane.

9) Maison Rogue

1417 Harborside Drive, Galveston

Maison Rogue was the home of Jean Lafitte, a pirate who raided ships in the Gulf in the early 1800s. The U.S. government forced him to leave in 1821, and he burned down the city on the way out, Wright said.

Today, the site is known for eerie occurrences. Since before 1900, residents have reported seeing a phantom pack of dogs believed to have belonged to Lafitte. Others have heard unexplained voices.

There are reports Lafitte's ghost tries to keep treasure hunters away from the buried gold he allegedly hid somewhere on the island.

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1. Podmoskovnaya

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Moscow started building a railway to the Latvian city of Vindava (now called Ventspils), a port on the Baltic Sea. Podmoskovnaya opened in 1901 and was the first station on the line. It had a depot, a residential settlement for employees and a station building decorated with carved wooden window surrounds and beams. In 1945, passenger traffic was moved to another nearby station, Krasnyy Baltiyets, and a railway telephone exchange was installed in Podmoskovnaya. Over its century-old history, the building has survived several fires but has never been rebuilt but, miraculously, its historical layout and original details remain intact.

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In 2015, a branch of the Moscow Railway Museum opened at the station and is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday each week. The station can be reached on foot from Krasnyy Baltiyets station or Sokol metro station.

2. Kuntsevo I

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Nowadays, Kuntsevo is one of Moscow's dormitory suburbs, but before 1960 it was a big town outside of Moscow. Kuntsevo Railway Station dates from that time. Its unusual building, which looks more like a Gothic castle than a suburban railway station, was built in 1900. Its architect was Ivan Strukov, who was also behind the design for Belorusskiy Railway Station and Kubinka station, which shares a similar architectural spirit. Initially, the building was made out of dark red bricks, but it has since been painted gray and green. Kuntsevo is a functioning station and part of the Moscow Central Diameters network of train services (the Belarusian direction). It is located near Kuntsevskaya metro station.

3. Leninskaya

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This is one of the most beautiful railways stations from the Soviet period. It has a tall spire decorated with a huge star, majestic columns, communist slogans and blue spruces all around. The station is located near Gorki Leninskiye , which is where Vladimir Lenin spent his final years. The station was initially called Gerasimovskaya after of the former owners of the local estate, the Gerasimov merchants. After Lenin's death, it was almost immediately renamed Leninskaya, and in 1952 a new building was erected on the site of the old railway station in honor of the "leader of the world proletariat." The result was monumental, and every tourist who went on an excursion to Gorki visited the memorial station. The building is now dilapidated and in need of major renovation, but by and large it has retained its historical appearance. It can be reached by suburban electric train from Paveletsky Railway Station.

4. Tsaritsyno

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The royal estate of Tsaritsyno is popular with both tourists and Muscovites. But what few people know is that just a stone's throw away you can find the Tsaritsyno Railway Station, an equally fascinating site that Leo Tolstoy even mentioned in Anna Karenina as the station where volunteers left for the Russian-Turkish War. The station has been around since 1865, but the station building itself was only built at the beginning of the 20th century. From the outside it looks rather ordinary, but inside it is a real gem!

It has a golden chandelier similar to the Bolshoi Theater, colorful murals with views of different Moscow districts and stucco molding on par with the best Parisian houses. And amazingly this is just a waiting room for an ordinary suburban electric train. All this beauty is part of the Moscow Central Diameters and is located near Tsaritsyno metro station.

5. Kalanchyovskaya

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Where else in Moscow can you see "imperial pavilions," i.e. railway stations that were built for the royal family? Only a handful of these buildings remain, and one of them is right by Kalanchyovskaya station, practically in the center of Moscow.

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The station was built at the end of the 19th century for Nicholas II and his officials, but in the Soviet period a ticket office for suburban trains was located here. It can be reached on foot from Komsomolskaya metro station.

6. Belokamennaya

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You can find this historic station, which dates back to the early 20th century, in the Losiny Ostrov national park. The station building itself, along with several residential houses from the period, remains intact. The building has been listed as a cultural heritage site, although the site continues to be used as a railway yard. Belokamennaya is next to the Moscow Central Circle station of the same name.

7. Kanatchikovo

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One of the stations on the Moscow Ring Railway (a freight rail line that circles the city), Kanatchikovo was built in 1908. The two-story station building and the station master’s house remain in pretty much their original form with lion heads and stucco moldings. On the platform, there are even surviving benches and cast-iron lanterns in the style of the early 20th century. The station can be reached by foot from Leninsky Prospekt metro station.

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Moscow parks – leisure, nature and historical

Moscow is the most green megapolis in the world. There are over a hundred parks and green spaces like gardens, squares and boulevards. You will definitely bump into a few of them wherever you go. Whether you are interested in memorial, historic parks, parks of wildlife or you just want to have a calm break from the speedy city life – city parks have something special for everyone.

Moscow leisure parks

The leisure Moscow parks are undoubtedly the most popular and famous with the locals and travelers. Today such parks provide a great number of exciting entertainments for Muscovites and city guests, adults and children.

The Gorky Park

The Gorky Park

Gorky Park opened in 1928 and was the first holiday park in the Soviet Union with playgrounds, a sports stadium, exhibition halls and attractions for kids. Today it has a fresh, vibrant appearance. The park features bike rental stations, a comfortable business area with Wi-Fi, an outdoor movie theatre and a greenhouse where you can buy fresh greens such as basil and lettuce. To contemplate the sky and the stars, go to the observatory and look through the telescope while listening to fascinating stories from astronomers. Enjoy many sports in the park: volleyball, handball, football or a peaceful jog around the beautiful surroundings.

Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park

Opened in September 2017, Zaryadye is the youngest on our list. Located just a few minutes away from Red Square, it includes various activities like the floating bridge with its thin V-form extension, an ice cave, also concert hall and an amphitheater. The entire territory of the park was divided into four zones of Russia: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains.

Neskuchny Sad

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By walking along the Moskva River’s bank from the Gorky Park towards Vorobievy Gory (Sparrow Hills) you’ll reach Neskuchny Sad («Not Boring» garden), a wonderful place in the Moscow center, one of Moscow’s oldest parks, charming slice of wildlife. The park mostly consists of pristine forest, dotted with old summer pavilions, ponds and quaint little stone bridges. There are a lot of opportunities for different activities lots of children playground, a ping-pong and chess clubs, football fields and tennis courts, horse riding, tree climbing and having rest in one of the nice cafes.

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Hermitage Garden

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Hermitage Garden has always been known as an amusement, entertainment center with theatres, shows, cafes, summer pavilions, pergolas since 1830. Shalyapin, Sobinov, Nezhdanova – great Russian opera singers starred on the garden stage. Famous Russian composer Rakhmaninov conducted the orchestra. Sara Bernar, Maria Yermolova, outstanding actresses, played in the open air performances. Tolstoy and Lenin had a stroll in the garden. So lots of celebrities from different epoques liked it a lot and spent their time in Hermitage Garden. You can find here three theatres in the garden: Hermitage, Sphere and New Opera. During winter an ice rink works here and in summer a musical stage is assembled to host jazz and brass band festivals.

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In Sokolniki Park visitors can play billiard, chess or draughts, table tennis, as well as go cycling, roller blading and swimming in the summer and ice skating or skiing in winter. Each season is highlighted by special memorable and bright events, for example, Summer Jazz Festival or Baby Fest (for future mums), open air beach disco parties, Ice Cream Day, International Clown Festival and many other shows and exhibitions. The park has an observatory, kids center and a co-working zone with free Wi-Fi which is really nice for spending high quality work time there.

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Moscow nature parks

The nature parks are national reserves with the amazing forestry and incredible variety of animals and plants there. The breath of wildlife and the chance to be closer to the virgin nature excites both children and grownups. Hundreds of different species of animals can be found in Moscow nature parks. The richest woodlands with old and even ancient trees, like a 200 years pine-tree in the Elk Island National Nature Park, are the point of passionate interest for visitors.

Aptekarsky Ogorod

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden) is one of the oldest gardens in Moscow. It was founded in the XVIII century by Peter the First (great Russian emperor). A larch that he planted himself still grows in the garden, so it’s more than 250 years old. At the time of its foundation, it was a garden with herbs and medicinal plants and was used as an educational center for doctors. Today there are the orangery with its tropical palms, the carp pond, and the immense trees that dot the landscape and turn wonderful golden shades in the autumn. Several restaurants and cafes work here making it a very nice spot for relaxation no matter what season it is. You can book a special tour or join the guided excursion group.

Losiny Ostrov

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park) is located at the north of Moscow. It covers 22 km from the west to the east and 10 km from the north to the south and it’s one of the most beautiful national parks in Moscow. Two rivers, Yausa and Pechorka begin here. You can find lots of fields, ponds, meadows, streams in the park as well as elks. Here you can enjoy guided tours, available in English. You can choose a guided tour about flora and fauna of the area, you’ll learn why elks are there, which animals are their neighbors. Or enjoy another excursion, which is totally devoted to historical past of ancient tribes once lived there, you’ll know about old Russian mythology, rituals and traditions.

Serebyany Bor

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Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest)

Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest) is a famous pine forest in the west of Moscow. The park has 230 forms of plant life, and is also home to watersports complex, providing a lot of activities for visitors. The layout of Serebryany Bor is unusual, as it is located on an artificial island between a meander in the Moscow River and a channel. There is an artificial lake, the Deep Gulf and picturesque Bezdonnoe (Bottomless) Lake in the depths of the forest. Serebryany Bor’s beaches are the cleanest in the city and very popular among Muscovites. On weekends it is difficult to find a free spot here, especially because a whole range of services are offered to visitors, from simple deckchairs to catamaran and yacht rides. Driving is prohibited on the territory of the island so be ready to use trolleybus to reach the entrance.

Botanichesky Sad

Greenhouse of Botanical Garden

Greenhouse of Botanical Garden

Main Botanical Garden of The Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest and most famous is Moscow. The garden is a real museum of nature with a very rich (more than 18000 types) collection of plants. The park was founded in 1945 at the place of the 17th century Apothecaries’ Gardens. The garden’s collection is turned into botanical expositions, made with use of modern receptions of landscape architecture. Here you can see a tree nursery, a shadow garden, hothouse complex, collection of flowers, a rosary, exposition of coastal plants, garden of continuous blossoming, Japanese garden and expositions of cultural plants and natural flora plants. The biggest part of Garden is the Tree nursery occupying the space of 75 hectares. About 2 thousand wood plants grow here. Another big exposition of the Garden is nature Flora, divided into six botanic-geographical collections: European part of Russia, Caucuses, Central Asia, Siberia and Far East. Pride of the Main Botanical Garden is the collection of tropical, coastal and water plants, which is considered as the best in Europe. The Japanese garden, a great model of Japanese landscape gardening art has a 13-level stone pagoda of the 18th century, stone Japanese lamps, ponds, falls and streams, tea lodges and more than 100 species of the most character Japan plants. It is especially decorative in spring, during Oriental cherry blossoming and in fall, when foliage blazes in crimson colors.

Moscow historic parks

Historic nature parks and estates once were the mansions of the Moscow aristocracy. At that far times the estates were outside the Moscow city limits, but after the city expansion and urbanization, they became easily accessible.

Kolomenskoye

Kolomenskoe

Kolomenskoye Museum and Park

The chief attraction of the park is undoubtedly the stone Church of the Ascension of the Lord. It was constructed in 1532 by order of Tsar Vasily III to commemorate the birth of his son and heir, Ivan the Terrible. But there is a lot more to see in the park: the pretty Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan – with its bright azure domes and plenty of gold. Further into the park there is a charming Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, built by Ivan the Terrible to mark his coronation.

Kuskovo

Kuskovo Park

Kuskovo Park is one of the oldest country estates in Moscow. It was given to General Sheremetev by Peter the Great in 1715, but was left to fall into neglect before being plundered by Napoleon’s troops in 1812. Nowadays the estate has been restored to its former glory and is a good example of Russian 18th Century imperial architecture. The palace is a fine and rare example of wooden neoclassicism. It was completed in 1775, and the rich interiors remain unchanged since 1779. It includes a room hung with exclusive exquisite Flemish tapestries, an abundance of silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of 18th century European and Russian paintings. The palace looks onto the lake, which is surrounded by smaller pavilions: pretty Italian, Dutch and Swiss Cottages, Blank’s Hermitage and the old Orangery, where the State Ceramics Museum is located now, an extensive and absorbing collection of porcelain from the 18th century to the present day. On the other side of the lake is a large wood popular with local cyclists and joggers.

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