Frosty mugs aren’t the only cold sources that you will find while strolling along the Haunted Pub Crawl and the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington located in one of the oldest port cities in North Carolina. Known to ghost hunters as the proverbial hotbed of ghostly activity where centuries old anguished souls walk in search of answers and purpose from the living that come to visit them. The popularity of the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington has stemmed from the high level of paranormal activity that encompasses you throughout your walk through spooky old cemeteries and other haunted hot spots in the historic district while popping in and out of some of Wilmington’s most haunted pubs for offerings of chilled libation from five different watering holes offered on the two and a half hour Haunted Pub Crawl. The spirits are literally overflowing from the glass and bottle to the streets where hundreds of ghosts roam around on one of the most chilling walks you will ever partake in.
Murder and mayhem have set the tone for the disturbing mass of paranormal activity that takes place in the city of Wilmington. Dark alleyways and ghost filled streets are yours for the taking as you discover many of the dark secrets that have given the spirits reason for hanging around still today. The ghost walk is such a chilling and thrilling adventure into the dark side that USA Today-Southern Living named it one of the top ghost walks in America. The city is virtually polluted with a spiritual past that includes privateers and cutthroats from all walks of life and they are waiting to hear what you have to say about their sorted past. History, captivating stories and other unique information is given throughout the Ghost Walk by experienced tour guides that lead you on a tour past some of the oldest structures in the city and into the neighborhood of some of the most beautiful homes in the southern part of the United States.
Travelocity and Yahoo Travel gave Wilmington, North Carolina a five star rating and for good reason. Everything from tours of the Battleship North Carolina and Cape Fear cruises to the performing arts, museums, gardens, the Bellamy Mansion, a deep rich history, fabulous restaurants, hotels, cemeteries and haunted establishments can be located in the charming city located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the state. The American paranormal reality television series MTV’s Fear, the History Channel, Travel Channel, TAPS and the WB Television Network all featured the haunted city, giving us a glimpse into one of America’s best kept secrets of eerie tales and ghostly encounters where European explorers, pirates, ship captains and settlers have all set foot as early as the sixteenth century.
The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Visitors will be led on a 90-minute guided tour through the dark streets of the city and past some of the oldest homes, buildings and landmarks in Wilmington. Ghost hunters and local actors help to add to the paranormal experience with creepy tales of ghostly episodes that have taken place throughout the city and ghost hunters use high-tech equipment to help locate the hot spots found along your tour. Six haunted locations will be visited as the guide gives detailed information into the history and paranormal activity of each place. Many ghost encounters have been reported by guests while on the tour and if that isn’t chilling enough perhaps the unmarked graves in one of the creepiest cemeteries will stir up your deepest fears. Cold spots, orbs, dark shadows, full bodied apparitions, ghosts, whispering, disembodied voices and the feeling of being touched are normal occurrences on the ghost walk.
Price: $12.00 per adult. $10.00 for Senior Citizens, Students & Military. Time: The walking tours depart from the riverfront at Market and Water Streets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday. Reservations: 910-794-1866. Tickets: The Ghost Walk tickets can be purchased at the Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC or you can purchase them online at: http://www.hauntedwilmington.com/ghost_walk.html
The Haunted Pub Crawl
You will be invited to party with the ghosts at five different haunted bars and pubs throughout the deepest, darkest historical section of Wilmington. According to the locals nothing is more fun or exhilarating then enjoying a cold beer while ghost hunting and conversing about the local ghostly lore. Tales of murder and other unsavory events will unfold and quite possibly draw the ghosts out if they feel so inclined to tell you their side of the story. Popular ghosts that frequent the pubs are the merry wench Gallus Meg and a notorious madman who is anything but civilized. Fat Tony’s Italian Pub and Lula’s a Pub are favorites due to the fact that they are haunted and Lula’s invented the famous “Gasoline Milkshake”. The drinks at each of the watering holes are not included with the price of the Haunted Pub Crawl ticket, but the shivers and great hospitality are free.
Price: $15.00 per adult. Alcohol Not Included. Winter Hours: The groups leave at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for a 2 ½ hour tour. Summer Hours: 7:30 p.m. – Tuesday thru Saturday. Tickets: Due to the popularity of the tour, tickets should be purchased online for a guaranteed spot at: http://www.hauntedwilmington.com/haunted_pub_crawl_tickets.html. For questions about the Haunted Pub Crawl, Call: 910-794-1866.