Nashville calls itself the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry, but even the historic Ryman Auditorium shares its legendary status with some of the city's ghostly tales and spirits. After a day of fine dining and sightseeing, Nashville serves up some spine-tingling fun after dark for those adventurous souls chasing things that go bump in the night.
Haunted Walking Tours
Stroll through downtown Nashville with a historically-garbed guide from Nashville Ghost Tours, stopping at haunted sites such as the Ryman, the Tennessee State Capitol and Printers' Alley. This half-mile, 90-minute tour runs every night of the week from March to November, and holds the distinction of being Nashville's original ghost-tour company. Rain or shine, the ghost hunting is on. If you still crave a little ghostly adventure, Nashville Ghosts also runs a walking tour of historic downtown haunts starting in the evening March through October.
For something a little different, or if your feet ache too much after a day of walking around the Music City, consider cruising through downtown Nashville in style in a customized hearse. Nashville Ghost Tours offers this alternative to the walking tour, including tales of the infamous "Murder on Music Row," as well as visits to Nashville's oldest cemetery and Union Station.
Brews, Booze and Boos
If you prefer to enjoy some adult time, the Haunted Tavern Tours mix ghostly spirits and liquid spirits for double the fun. Enjoy a cocktail or brew at haunted taverns such as Mulligan's Pub while hearing ghostly tales, but pay attention for the trivia quiz and prizes at the end. For the $15 admission as of publication, those over 21 years old enjoy two hours of booze and boos.
For those who don't mind a little driving and really want a good scare, approximately 45 minutes north of downtown Nashville in Adams lies the notorious Bell Witch farm and cave, inspiring many stories and a movie based on historical events involving the haunting of the Bell family. Legend has it the witch was a neighbor of John Bell who cursed the family and tormented their daughter for years with her evil spells. Take a candlelight tour through the caves and the replica of the family cabin, if you dare. As of publication, tours cost $25 to $50 depending on options, including an optional visit to the American Indian burial grounds at night.
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