Are you visiting the historic southern town of Tampa and wish you could learn more about its history before your vacation ends? Or perhaps you live in the city and have always wondered what some of the oldest buildings on your street were – now you can find out, with US Ghost Adventures! We offer hauntingly fun historical tours in over 33 cities in America, Tampa included!
Our tours are unlike any other, with knowledgeable local guides ready to show you the spookiest spots around town. If you're looking for amusement park thrills, our tours may not be for you. Our tours are relaxed and focused on local history and lore – they're even appropriate for kids of all ages! We offer an authentic experience that allows questions to be asked about some of your city's most unexplainable happenings. So if you're in Tampa and looking for a great time, keep USGA in mind!
When the pioneer community living near the US Army outpost of Fort Brooke was incorporated in 1849, it was called "Tampa Town," and the name was shortened to simply "Tampa" in 1855.
Tampa functioned as a military center during the 19th century with the establishment of Fort Brooke. The cigar industry was also brought to the city by Vincente Martinez Ybor, after whom Ybor City is named. Tampa was formally reincorporated as a city in 1887, following the Civil War.
In the mid-1880s, Tampa's fortunes took several sudden turns for the better. First, phosphate was discovered in the Bone Valley region southeast of Tampa in 1883. The mineral, vital for the production of fertilizers and other products, was soon being shipped from the Port of Tampa in significant volume. Tampa is still a major phosphate exporter.
The discovery of phosphate, the arrival of a railroad, and the founding of Ybor City and West Tampa—all in the mid-1880s—were crucial to Tampa's development. The once-struggling village of Tampa became a bustling boomtown almost overnight and had grown into one of the largest cities in Florida by 1900.
Tampa is now a respite for weary bones, a vacation destination for families, and a popular honeymoon destination – it seems as if Tampa is for everyone! It's sometimes forgotten that Tampa houses a checkered past within its gorgeous beach towns.
One place in Tampa has a few unexplained reports, The Cuban Club. It was built in 1917 with a ballroom, cantina, library, bowling lanes, pool, and two-story theater. There were two deaths in the club dating back to the 1920s. An actor died by suicide on stage, and a board member was murdered during an argument. They are said to still appear in the building, following visitors to the club around for their entire stay. The Cuban Club has even been named one of Travel Channel's top 10 most haunted locations in the United States!
Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America's most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn't mean they won't send a chill down your spine.
Our founder, Lance Zaal, is an authority on haunted sites in the US and is frequently
consulted by the media as an expert on unexplained phenomena.
US Ghost Adventures also offers virtual tours, a self-guided mobile app, and an Alexa
So, the next time you're enjoying the picturesque beaches of Tampa, and you find yourself looking for a unique tour, a hauntingly fun date night idea, or a spooky day trip with the kids, US Ghost Adventure's Tampa ghost tour is the plan for you! Check out our website at www.usghostadventures.com to book your tour today, read our blog, or to learn more about other cities we offer tours in!
Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine.
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