Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure in St. Augustine, FL

Ripley's St. Augustine19 San Marco Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Located at the Ripley Ghost Parlor, adjacent to the castle entrance, the Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure offers an 80-minute tour, complete with a fully interactive nighttime investigation of two properties with haunted histories. Tours include the use of EMF meters and laser grids as professional tours retell the spooky stories of the ghosts that haunt the area after dark.

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Face your fears and join us for the most interactive paranormal experience in St. Augustine – Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure.

Ride the famous "Ghost Train" and hear the chilling legends and haunted tales.

Travel the ancient byways amongst hallowed and haunted sites.
Investigate unexplained phenomena, residual energies, orbs, and other ghostly manifestations.

Experience the Paranormal!

Each paid admission will have the use of an EMF Ghost Meter and Laser grid to help you investigate the city's most haunted sites.

The adventure begins at Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum, previously known as Castle Warden and scene to unsolved murders and unexplained paranormal phenomena.

NOTE: In order to board the Ghost Train you must present your voucher and Photo ID at the Ripley’s Ghost Parlor at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. The first train leaves from Ripley's Museum at 8pm. Be sure to bring along a digital camera and any other recording gear you wish.

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2 Reviews
Amie A.
1 Review
"Sucked"
December, 2016
Be prepared to walk up 3 flights of stairs. There was an elevator but since someone has to operate it you end up missing most of the story they tell you about a murder. Our guide was great but the tour sucked.
They say it's 80 minutes long. You spend 40 minutes never leaving Ripleys and then the train makes two stops.
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Alisande M.
Kissimmee, FL
1 Review
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"Awesome Time"
July, 2015
I was a recent visitor and had a terrific experience on this tour with my husband and 7 yr. old daughter. Alex and Lee were fantastic guides with a wealth of information on the city's history and local lore. While doing our paranormal investigation in St. Francis Park we experienced a few unexplained phenomena. I managed to show Alex a few quick pics while there but it was not until we got home and really looked at what we took did we see the REAL surprise. I have attached our photos below.

Thanks again for a memorable experience! We all had a blast!

AM
Kissimmee,FL
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Tip: You may want to bring a light jacket as it does get a little chilly during the night tour

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P1355NUjenniferf
"Not worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
We were hoping this would be a fun tour with some spooky stories. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. First, the train ride is basically just them driving you to different locations where you get out and walk around. So there is a lot of getting on and off the train. That is not made clear in the description of the tour and ended up being a problem for a few people on our tour who had physical limitations. Next, the tour guide for the first portion of the trip did a lot of repeating himself and saying um. He spent more time telling us to take lots of pictures and not to delete them until we've blown them up to a larger size and thoroughly searched them for orbs etc, than he did telling us actual history or stories of the paranormal. Additionally, as someone who has done many of these types of tours as well as actual paranormal investigation, I was frustrated by the fact that they provided everyone with EMF detectors for investigation, yet neglected to explain to them that their phones would set the detectors off unless placed in airplane mode. So every time someone had their phone next to the detector and would snap a picture, the detector would go off and the person would get all excited. Rather than explain, the guide would say something about how there must be a spirit nearby. Very deceptive. At the last stop, a tour of the Ripley's castle, a new tour guide took over. She was much better than the first guy, but it felt very rushed. We only spent a few minutes in each place and she talked very fast. Overall, it was a let down and I do not feel that is worth $25 a ticket. I would not do it again.
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jennifer s
Fort Myers, Florida
"Had a blast!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
I had a blast during this trip. It wasn't scary to me. I think some people may be expecting a jump scare? Not sure. I loved the history part of it. It was a nice little tour of a small area. The 25 dollars was a little over priced in my opinion. Would have liked it to be a little bit longer. But I don't regret a minute of it.
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Nicky1607
"Ghost tour Ripley’s."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2018
not scary or amusing at all. We were given “ghost detectors” and then let out to multiple locations to find ghost. Hotel, abandon park etc. It was a waist of time, there was nothing scary at all on the tour except the “spooky” stories the guides say. When you purchase over $100 worth of ghost adventures the least then can do is make it more engaging and actually fearful. It was a waist of time and I don’t think it’s worth it if you are looking to get jump scares and enjoy a ghost tour, not just given a ghost detector and fend for yourself.
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LainafromNY
Leesburg, Florida
"Hokey"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018
Very contrived ghost tour. We were given ‘ghost detectors’ which are to light up when a presence or energy is felt We were taken to several stops to feel the presence and see ghosts where there was supposedly much ghost activity. Uneventful and not much to it.
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Khughes34744
Kissimmee, Florida
"Not so ghostly tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018
I was so excited to go on this tour. There was lots of stories told while on the train. Stopped at an old museum for a few minutes. Not really long enough to do any real investigating. Went to the Fort, expecting to investigate. Nope, say outside on the wall, and it was cold, then loaded back up. Went to Ripley's to investigate. Was rushed through....again. I don't think we got our moneys worth. Would love to have had more time at Ripley's. Was getting some good orb action.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure

Where do the tours depart for the Ghost Train Adventure?
Tours begin at 8pm, please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to exchange your voucher. The Ripley’s Ghost Parlor is adjacent to castle entrance.


Where can I park?
FREE Parking is available.

How long is the Ghost Train Adventure?
This is a 90 minute tour.

Where are the Ghost Train stop points?
You’ll visit a real 16th century Timucuan Indian Burial ground, now known as the Fountain of Youth, AND the old Fairbanks Plantation, future site of the St. Augustine Haunted History Museum.

How many people experience paranormal stuff?
Count the legs of all the people around you and divide by two.  That’s how many different opinions you’re bound to receive concerning what is paranormal or what is an experience.  Here’s a simple way to narrow it down: 
Humans have five senses. But many people believe that certain energies are all around us, all the time, existing in a realm which is undetectable by these senses.

Are these meters real?
EMF meters are used by carpenters and electricians to find Electro-Magnetic Fields, hence the name.  Live wire might be a great song by AC/DC, but it’s a real bad thing to drill into.  Any steady flow of electrical current will be detected and shown as a steady level of light on your meter, but a quick burst of energy will trigger a quick burst of light.  Many paranormal investigators believe such a burst is energy given off by a spirit.  Our K-II meters are the same ones often used by the T.A.P.S. crew on TV’s “Ghost Hunters”.  We like ‘em ‘cause they light up real nice in the dark.

Should I use the flash on my camera?
Yes. Flash will not affect the appearance of energy orbs or ribbons.

What is the times for the Red Train Tour?
If you buy the combo ticket, our Red Trains are on the road at 8:30 a.m. and run continuous loops along our 24 stops until about 5 p.m. Please plan to start your tour by 4:30 pm to be sure you get back to your starting point.

Are there any restrictions? What about wheelchairs?
Our Red Trains require our guests to take one step approximately 13” off the ground. Fold-up wheelchairs and collapsible walking aids may be taken on the train, but guests must board under their own power.

What happens if it rains?
During inclement weather, our Red Train conductors will provide free ponchos for our guests. Our Red Trains will be pulled off the roads and will be directed to the safest location should extreme and dangerous weather conditions arise.

What if I’m only riding for one day?
All of our tickets for the Red Train are valid for 3 consecutive days from date of purchase.

When does the Ripley’s Haunted Castle Tour begin?
Typically it starts at 8pm, we suggest arriving 10-20 minutes prior.

Is the Haunted Castle good for children?
This tour may not be appropriate for children under 8 years old.

Is the Haunted Castle a walking tour?
Yes, you will walk through the castle. We suggest taking pictures and using the EMF meters to detect paranormal activity!