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Haunted Places in Tampa, FL

Updated on July 7, 2017
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Are there haunted places in Tampa?

Despite what the tourists and non-believers might say, the bustling city of Tampa, FL is a haunted place. Among the dozens of nightclubs, crowded businesses, and packed highways of Tampa, FL are places that hold an atmosphere of fright. These are the haunted places in Tampa.

Tampa has a long history, dating back to the time of the Native American tribes who once resided in the area...namely the Tocobaga Natives. Is it the Natives who still haunt the Tampa, FL area or could it be the people who came after? Among the haunted places in Tampa is The Tampa Theater, University of Tampa, Ybor City, the Sulphur Springs Tower, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We will discover just what created these haunted places in Tampa below.

The Tampa Theater in Haunted Tampa

The popular Tampa Theater has been around since the 1920s, drawing crowds to view plays and movies for decades. It is still open for shows but in addition to the fun that can be had at the Tampa Theater, fear has been experienced as well. Ghosts walk the aisles and halls of the Tampa Theater in haunted Tampa, FL.

One ghost in particular is well-known for haunting the Tampa Theater...his name is Fink. He was believed to have been a projectionist for the haunted Tampa Theater for many years. His death was in the 1960s and since that time, many people have experienced very creepy things in this haunted place in Tampa. Figures that dart across the screen, sounds of keys jingling and the projector rolling with no one to work it, and disappearing personal items. The personal items seem to turn up after people have called out to the ghost Fink for his help. Is Fink the only ghost haunting the haunted Tampa Theater? Perhaps not...but he seems to have made himself known the most. And the Tampa Theater is just one place on the list of haunted places in Tampa, FL.

Haunted Places in Tampa: University of Tampa, UT

The University of Tampa is another of the many haunted places in Tampa, FL. If you look to the right and below, you will see an older picture of men on one of the patios at the University of Tampa. UT was not always a college with busy kids running to and fro on its lovely grounds. It was initially established in the late 1800s as a hotel...the Tampa Bay Hotel.

This haunted place in Tampa has a long historical background which seems to set it up for a very paranormal background, too. Many ghost stories about the haunted University of Tampa are told by students and locals alike, including the story of the Brown Man. The Brown Man has been seen in the Plant Museum many times, and he is called the Brown Man because he is always seen wearing a three piece brown suit from another time period...most likely from the late 1800s or early 1900s (such as the men in the picture to the right).

Other ghostly experiences at this haunted place in Tampa include eerie sounds that emanate from different places in UT at night including the sound of creaking carts rolling down the halls, rolling dice, and sounds of parties. Maybe the people who visited UT when it was the Tampa Bay Hotel still come to visit and party from time to time. The University of Tampa is one of the most haunted places in Tampa, FL for these very reasons.

Check Out Some Pictures of Old Ybor & Ybor Today

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Ybor City EstablishmentThe Great Fire of 1908Painting of YborThe Great FireFirefighters in  YborYbor City Today
Ybor City Establishment
Ybor City Establishment
The Great Fire of 1908
The Great Fire of 1908
Painting of Ybor
Painting of Ybor
The Great Fire
The Great Fire
Firefighters in  Ybor
Firefighters in Ybor | Source
Ybor City Today
Ybor City Today

Ybor City in Haunted Tampa

Haunted Ybor City is mostly known as a party district and a place where artists and up-and-coming chefs like to hang out. During the day, shopping and entertainment is available for any kind of person. At night, Ybor City turns into Party Central! The shops, arcades, and many restaurants shut down and the dozens of nightclubs lining the streets open. But there is something else that comes alive at night other than the nightclubs and party's the ghosts.

The streets in Ybor City themselves seem to be haunted by spirits of the past: spirits of the cigar-factory workers who worked in the cigar manufacturing plants during Ybor City's hayday, spirits of the soldiers who took shelter in Ybor City in at least one American War, and spirits of those who have lost their lives in the great fire of 1908. Because of Ybor City's history with gangsters and gun-slingers, Ybor City also has some ghosts who are left-over from fatal gunshot wounds almost a century ago. That includes the wailing lady at Tampa's Historic Cuban Club.

On one particular occasion, police officers were scouting the building when they met the wailing woman in this haunted place in Tampa. She ran by them, screaming...and they ran! Later they found out that a woman had been shot at the Tampa Historic Cuban Club in the early 1900s during a political debate...and she is haunting the building to this day.

Many more ghost stories of Ybor City in haunted Tampa can be heard all around Ybor City. You can read more about Haunted Ybor City by clicking here.

More of Haunted Tampa: Sulphur Springs Tower

The Sulphur Springs Tower guards the Hillsborough River with its ominous white silhouette in haunted Tampa. It is one of the dozens of haunted places in Tampa, FL and probably has some of the strangest ghost tales surrounding it.

One ghost story about the haunted Tampa Sulphur Springs Tower is that in its place before it was built was a tower that was used to watch the river when ships came to port...and it was also a mark on many pirates' treasure maps. Supposedly there is a pirate ghost that still roams the area...though I haven't found much evidence or documentation on this legend. That's not to say that the pirates didn't torment this area at one point, a pirate ghost at a haunted place in Tampa such as this is a possibility.

Then there's the urban legend that there's something evil that lurks in the water in front of the Sulphur Springs Tower...something that dragged a little girl under to a watery grave decades ago when people still swam in the water. But most of the stories nowadays of the haunted Sulphur Springs Tower consist of the idea that Satanists once used it for their rituals...though I think those are a little more bogus. One thing is for sure though, the Sulphur Springs Tower in haunted Tampa is definitely haunted by something...I'm just not sure what.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge: The Suicide Bridge

Probably not another single place is more haunted than the haunted Sunshine Skyway Bridge. While it is called the Sunshine Skyway, and the scenery is beautiful when the sun is setting on the water, it has a feeling of doom when you cross it at night. Why? It is one of the most haunted places in Tampa, FL and probably the entire country. There has been over 100 suicides at this of them being quite recently, about a month ago.

Before the suicides started, there was a couple accidents on the bridge. One in particular killed dozens of people when the old Skyway bridge collapsed...sending a bus of people and a couple of cars to their watery graves.

There are some locals who have told me that the Natives in the area (the Tocobaga Tribe) believed that the water in the area is cursed...and they would never cross it in their kayaks. Maybe it is cursed...and definitely a haunted part of haunted Tampa. If you'd like to read more about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge click here.

More Haunted Places in Tampa...

There are more haunted places in Tampa, FL and these are just a few. Visit haunted Tampa, FL and you'll see just how rich the history is in this city...and just how creepy the haunted places in Tampa, FL can be!

Written and copyrighted © by Kitty the Dreamer, June 11th, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

More Pictures of Haunted Tampa...Haunted Places in Tampa

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Old Baptist Church in Tampa HeightsSunshine SkywaySunshine Skyway AccidentUniversity of Tampa when it was Tampa Bay HotelUniversity of Tampa which was Tampa Bay HotelSitting room at Tampa Bay Hotel (now UT)A House on Haunted Arden Ave (across from Sulphur Springs Tower)The Goth club The CastleThe Goth club The CastlePainting of old Tampa City after Spanish American War
Old Baptist Church in Tampa Heights
Old Baptist Church in Tampa Heights
Sunshine Skyway
Sunshine Skyway
Sunshine Skyway Accident
Sunshine Skyway Accident
University of Tampa when it was Tampa Bay Hotel
University of Tampa when it was Tampa Bay Hotel
University of Tampa which was Tampa Bay Hotel
University of Tampa which was Tampa Bay Hotel
Sitting room at Tampa Bay Hotel (now UT)
Sitting room at Tampa Bay Hotel (now UT)
A House on Haunted Arden Ave (across from Sulphur Springs Tower)
A House on Haunted Arden Ave (across from Sulphur Springs Tower)
The Goth club The Castle
The Goth club The Castle
The Goth club The Castle
The Goth club The Castle
Painting of old Tampa City after Spanish American War
Painting of old Tampa City after Spanish American War | Source

A Map to the Haunted Places in Tampa

The Tampa Theater:
Tampa Theatre, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

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University of Tampa:
University Of Tampa, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

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ybor city:
Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605, USA

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Sulphur Springs, FL:
Sulphur Springs, Tampa, FL, USA

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge:
Sunshine Skyway, Florida, USA

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  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    2 years ago from Summerland

    Towngirls - I used to live right across the street from it and always hated looking at the thing. There's legends about it being a pirate watch tower, which is incorrect. But it was built by a very creepy man. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    2 years ago

    I have grown up in Tampa and never knew of the "sufer springs tower haunts" however ever since I was in elementary school From the first time my school bus passed the towed, I have always got the chills nd never felt good when being in close proximity to this tower! Just a few weeks ago I had dropped my husband at the dr. Office and went to kmart which was right next to it and when I left I was literally on the side street of pulling up to the tower and felt overwhelming fear and a need to get out of their fast!! I am not superstitious but I can not exsplain the fear that comes over me when near this but it is CREEPY!! The city of Tampa does not promote this as a haunted site, in fact until today I never knew the history but now that I do it make sense, this is one place I would not want to be near at dark!

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    Robbie - I too have heard of the tunnel underneath the tower. The owner I hear was a disturbing guy, oddly enough. Thanks for sharing.

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    Robbie Brooks 

    3 years ago

    Years ago I had nightmares of tunnels beneath the Tower. Men went into these tunnels and found something terrible. It was some kind of beast that was then freed and went about slaughtering the men. One was a short chubby guy, who may have been Spanish or Italian. He had a small dog that ran to hide. When he found the dog, he bent down to get it and the beast came up behind him. That's when I woke up. Now years later, Im just finding out about actual tunnels and one under the Tower that leads to a basement beneath the builder's house and it scares the hell out of me. I wish I was making this up.

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Hey, Nell. Sure I'll check it out soon. Blessings to you! :)

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    Nell Rose 

    5 years ago from England

    Hi kitty, great read and I have linked it on my Paranormal page google + if you want to check it out. Anybody can add theirs too.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    lucybell - And once again thanks for reading & the support! Blessings.

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    Bonny OBrien 

    6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    Once again an outstanding hub, really enjoyed reading it, and it was so very interesting.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Lipnancy!

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    Nancy Yager 

    6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Thanks a lot. Will check it out!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Laurinzo - Agreed 100%!

    OldWitchcraft - Yes, it is a wonderful city but you're right they don't advertise this part of the city until about Halloween-time. St. Augustine uses their ghosts as more of a tourist attraction than Tampa does...but that doesn't mean they aren't here!

    northlandws - Thanks for reading!

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    6 years ago from Fargo, North Dakota

    Thanks for sharing bout this.

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    6 years ago from The Atmosphere

    What a beautiful city! I've visited a couple of times, but I was not aware of its haunted history. Tampa doesn't promote this like St. Augustine does - or, at least, they didn't. It's been a good 8 or 10 years since I was there last.

    Nicely done article with beautiful photos! A vote up and accolades!

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    Live To Write 

    6 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

    I have had my own experiences that...let's say made me a believer. Great hub! Some things are not meant for us to explain.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    jlava73 - Very true! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    Jennifer Vasconcelos 

    6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

    With such a rich history - no doubt it has it's share of ghosts.


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