There are an infinite amount of terrifying stories that come from Florida. A few of those creepy Florida stories include the infamous 2012 Miami cannibal incident where a man tried to eat another man's face. Then there's the onslaught of hurricanes, and let's not forget the giant alligators that keep appearing on Florida golf courses.
Florida certainly provides a fair share of nightmare fuel, and to make matters worse, some of the paranormally freaky things that happen in Florida are considered the real deal.
From the Key West Cemetery to the Apollo 1 launch site, there have been a number of suspected supernatural sightings down in the Sunshine State. If you have the travel bug and the desire to see some possibly sunburned spirits, here are a few of Florida's haunted locales you can actually visit.
The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL, was originally constructed in 1672 and has been used as a home base for soldiers and their families, a prison for Native American tribe members, and now a museum for tourists who come to visit the national park.
Over the course of the castle's 300 year history, it has been under Spanish, British, and American control with decades of battles in between. Some visitors claim to have seen the ghosts of fallen soldiers patrolling near the castle's walls. There have also been accounts that the souls of a woman and her two lovers, a Spanish colonel and a captain, wander the halls of the dungeon where their bodies were mysteriously discovered.
East Martello Fort in Key West is home to Robert the Doll, on display in the fort's museum. Robert took the name of his owner, Robert Eugene Otto, who henceforth became known as Gene. Gene would blame his bad behavior on the doll, and the two were together until Gene's death in 1974.
Robert supposedly listens in on his visitors' conversations, and previous owners reported him moving around on his own. Other museum guests say their cameras malfunction around him.
Gephyrophobia is the fear of crossing a bridge. Although a bridge does not have to be particularly terrifying for someone with gephyrophobia to fear it, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa, FL, certainly is. This particular bridge has a collection of horror stories attached to it that are enough to make anyone consider taking the long way around.
In 1980 a freighter accidentally struck part of the bridge, causing several cars and a Greyhound bus to tumble into the water. On top of the freak accident, 200 people have jumped from the tallest point of the bridge, resulting in their death. Some travelers say they hear whispers along the bridge; others see people walking on the edge. A few have even claimed to have given a young woman a ride over the bridge - only for her to disappear right from their passenger seat.
St. Augustine's Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, built in the 1700s, is home to some of the creepiest occurrences in the city. Visitors report seeing children giggling in and around the grounds and candles moving on their own.
It seems that whoever inhabited the grounds doesn't intend to leave anytime soon. According to the Orlando Weekly, a psychic visited the school and claimed that a grieving woman still roams the halls, mourning for the daughter she lost while she was alive.