- What is Providence Ghost Tour?
Providence Ghost Tour is a walking haunted history exploration of Providence’s treasured East Side neighborhood. The tour is led by a costumed, lantern-carrying guide who enchants you with the history and mystery of our beautiful city.
- What time is the tour and when should I get there?
Tours during the months of May, June, July, and August begin at 8 p.m. Tours in September, October, November, and December begin at 7 p.m. We suggest arriving 10 to 15 minutes before your tour’s scheduled start time so that you have time to park, get settled, and check in with your guide. Please note that on weekends in October, we run multiple tours a night, so we send people out with guides in increments. Therefore, you may leave a little before 7 p.m. or a little after 7 p.m., depending on when you arrive and how many folks are on tour that night.
- How long is the tour?
The tour lasts an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes, depending upon the speed at which each group travels. Some groups move more quickly, some groups more slowly.
- How far does the tour travel?
The Providence Ghost Tour traverses between 1.7 and 1.9 miles, depending upon the route we travel. Routes can differ due to construction, the needs of our guests, and other factors. One guide used her step counter and found that she’d walked 4,268 steps! Please note, people’s strides may vary, as does the route. Let us know how many steps you take after you finish your tour!
- What is the terrain of the tour like?
Providence Ghost Tour begins and ends in a public park and then traverses public sidewalks, streets, and college campuses. Providence Ghost Tour has no control over the condition of the terrain. We walk up and down College Hill and descend the infamous Meeting Street Stairs. We move at a comfortable pace and guides work hard to remain attuned to the pacing needs of their group. Most people are able to complete the tour without issue. However, some guests have found this difficult. Guests recovering from a lower-body injury or surgery should wait until they’re healed and well-recovered to take the tour. Providence’s streets and sidewalks are old. In places, they are cracked, uneven, and steep. We call it “charming,” but some folks do not. Assess your mobility and cardiovascular health needs and plan accordingly. If you’d like to preview the terrain, please drive down Angell St. and up Waterman St. If that is comfortable for you to walk, you’re in!
We have had folks in wheelchairs tell us that the grade of the sidewalks is just too steep. While we can adapt the route to some degree, we cannot erase the hills or improve the conditions of the sidewalks and streets. Please make the best decision for your individual needs.
- Should I bring a flashlight?
Your guide carries a lantern to light the way, but if you are walking toward the back of the group, it may not illuminate your path to your liking. You do not have to bring a flashlight, but flashlights make things fun, so why not? We ask that you be safe and responsible and not shine the light in anyone’s eyes (including drivers passing by or in windows of homes we pass).
- Where does the tour meet?
The Providence Ghost Tour meets at Prospect Terrace Park, which is a public park located at 60 Congdon St. Providence, RI. Please look for the large statue of a man overlooking the city. Your guide meets you at the statue. Please note that the statue is facing the city, so we meet by his coattails.
- Where does the tour end?
Providence Ghost Tour begins and ends at Prospect Terrace Park, located at 60 Congdon St. Providence, RI.
- Where should I park?
There is plenty of on-street parking near Prospect Terrace Park. On busy nights (weekends, especially in October, Waterfire nights, other event nights), there may be less parking available. Plan accordingly and leave yourself a little extra time.
- What should I wear?
Providence Ghost Tour is an outdoor event. It is a walking haunted history tour. Comfy, stable shoes are the way to go. High heels, wedge-style sandals, or other unstable footwear are not helpful on the tour. If you are going out afterward and want cute shoes, leave them in the car or carry them in a bag. Our sidewalks are old and our streets are steep. We traverse cobblestones, brickwork, and some poorly maintained ground, so please prepare accordingly. For clothing, please consider the weather and wear what is comfortable. You might want to dress with some layers to adjust as needed.
- Are there bathrooms at the park or along the route?
No, there are no restrooms at Prospect Terrace Park, where the tour begins and ends. There are no public bathrooms along the route. We suggest going to the bathroom before arriving. In the event that you must find facilities during the tour, you will have to leave the group. We recommend calling a member of your party once you have finished your business and the guide will help them direct you to where the tour is. The tour will not stop and wait.
- Are there mosquitoes, gnats, or other pests to worry about?
Providence Ghost Tour is an outdoor walking haunted history tour. While Providence is a city, it has quite a community of mosquitoes in the summer and into the very late fall. Some years are more buggy than others. We recommend using an insect repellent that suits your needs.
- Can I pay for my tour in person instead of online?
Providence Ghost Tour makes every effort to accommodate in-person purchasers. However, we can in no way guarantee availability. Walk-up purchases are on a first come, first served basis, but are entirely subject to availability. We do sell out, especially on Waterfire nights and during the month of October. We can never guarantee availability.
Walk-up pricing is as follows: $20 per adult purchase, $10 per child (age 5 years old to age 12 years old). We do not have a portable credit card device. Walk-up purchases can only be accepted in cash. There is no ATM at the park, so please plan ahead.
- Can I use a coupon on a walk-up, in-person purchase?
Providence Ghost Tour coupons are only valid for adult, online purchases. They are not valid for purchase of children’s tickets or in-person adult ticket purchases, cannot be combined with multiple offers, and cannot be applied to group or private tour purchases. To use your coupon code online, please enter the code where indicated. Enjoy!
- Is the tour too scary for children (or nervous adults)?
Everyone defines “scary” differently. Providence Ghost Tour is a well-researched, authentic ghost tour. We do not manufacture ghosts or use special effects. We do not pay anyone to jump out at guests. We use storytelling skills to enchant you. Some folks find it scary, but most define us as spooky. Guides try to be attuned to the needs of guests (big and little) and do their best to support an anxious person. We suggest bringing a flashlight for the Nervous Nellie in your life!
- Is this like a haunted hayride?
Providence Ghost Tour is not at all like a haunted hayride. It is an authentic ghost tour. Guides share the real stories of real deceased Rhode Islanders who haunt our city. No one jumps out at us (unless the local college students are feeling rambunctious) and we do not use any manufactured products to generate ghosts/scares/fear. Our ghosts are indeed interactive at times, but that is of their own accord and entirely beyond our control. Also, we do not have a wagon or tractor on which to ride. We walk.
- Do you guarantee that we see a ghost on our tour?
Providence Ghost Tour prides itself on being honest and authentic. We do not use props, paid actors who pretend to be ghosts, or other tools to generate ghostly activity. Any tour that guarantees activity is not authentic. Some of our ghosts become active at certain times of the year. Some are random. We point out areas of frequent activity and hope for the best. We encourage you to bring a camera and any other paranormal research equipment you have at your disposal to detect any activity that may occur.
- May I bring my pet on the tour?
Providence Ghost Tour welcomes pets! Tour owner Courtney (a.k.a. Ghost Mom) brings her dog, Baxter (a.k.a. the Providence Ghost Pup), on many tours. We’ve had countless canines and one cat on tour (yup, a cat. He sat on his cat dad’s shoulder all night and seemed to enjoy his evening out on the town). All we require is that animals are safe, do not inhibit another person’s experience, are not aggressive, are kept on a 6-foot leash, and that pet parents clean up after them. If your critter pal is disruptive (jumping on guests, barking, aggressive, or otherwise causing an uncomfortable situation), we will, unfortunately, have to ask you to leave. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy their tour and feel safe.
- What if there is bad weather on the night of my tour?
You need to be safe and so do we. We do cancel tours when the weather is unsafe. We categorize unsafe weather as weather that comes with warnings — think thunder and lightning, extreme rain, extreme winds, extreme temperatures, any kind of a storm that has a name, and anything involving frozen precipitation (we are a walking ghost tour, not the Olympic ice luge). When we have to cancel a tour, we do so with as much notice as possible (though there have been times when it has been a game-time decision). We post on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), as well as here on the website. We reach out to pre-paid purchasers via whatever method they offer. If you paid via Paypal, we email you at the provided email address. We then offer to issue you a full refund or to reschedule your tour.
There are times when folks are not as comfortable with the weather as we are. We do give the tour in the rain, in mild and moderate wind, and in the cold. If you would like to reschedule your tour, you are welcome to do so. We do not offer a refund in these circumstances.
- What if I miss my tour or need to reschedule?
Life happens. We allow one rescheduled tour. For example, if you book your tour for July 4, but you decide you’d rather stay at your friend’s clam bake and take in the local fireworks, we support that! Fireworks are awesome. You need to call or email us prior to your tour. If you don’t let us know ahead of time, you forfeit your tickets. But if you are a good egg and do let us know, you may select any other public tour date and we just transfer your tickets. It is a one-time deal, so really be sure you want that second date. You have one week to make a decision, as long as you reached out prior to the time of your tour. In the event that you no-show your tour, we do not refund or transfer your tickets.
- I am running late for my tour. What do I do?
If you are running late for your tour, please call Ghost Mom (Courtney). If she is not giving the tour, she will pick up her phone and will verbally direct you to where the group should be. If you are more than half an hour late, please call her. She will probably suggest you transfer your tickets to another night so you get the full effect and can really enjoy your evening. She’s very nice, so just talk to her and she will do her best to help you out.
- May I bring a camera?
Providence Ghost Tour encourages photography! A good old-fashioned camera is ideal, but even your phone’s camera is better than nothing. Take as many pictures as you like. If you get anything interesting (and that happens a lot), we hope you send them to us! Do not commit the ultimate sin and forget to send them to us. You can e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, or Tweet them to us. Please send them!
There is a ton of paranormal detection gear out there. If you have it, please use it! EMF readers, EVP recorders, laser thermometers (please keep them out of people’s eyes)… all great stuff! Please let your group know if you are getting anything exciting.
We ask that you do not take video footage of our tour. We know, in this age of technology, there is little we can do to prevent it. But we’re asking for your cooperation and understanding. This little tour employs eight Rhode Islanders, and we’d like not to lose our material. We are copyrighted, but we still prefer that you not video our tour. Please be respectful.
- Do you offer private tours?
Providence Ghost Tour loves doing private tours! The tour provides a very unique view of the city of Providence. We mix history and mystery, along with some amazing scenery, for an experience you’re not likely to forget. We have proudly offered field trips for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and colleges. We’ve enjoyed campers from near and far, leaf peepers, and ghost seekers. It is perfect for family reunions, birthday parties, corporate gatherings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and meet-up groups. We work with you to create the right tour for your group. We have flexibility regarding the start time, the length of the tour, to location from which we start and end (within reason), whether we work with local food trucks to add a meal to your event, and the route. Please contact us via e-mail to plan and schedule your private tour!
*Please note that private tours are subject to availability. They are first come, first served and require a minimum of 10 participants. Pricing varies based on the time and season.