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St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

1. St. Augustine: Ghosts and Gravestones Old Town Trolley Tour

When the Conductor howls “All Aboard!” – will you be there? Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let a Ghost Host be your guide. See the Old Jail, the site of countless documented paranormal experiences that's listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places. Don’t miss this frightfully fun riding tour. You will hear stories of the haunted Huguenot & Tolomato Cemeteries. Listen as the Ghost Host details true stories of paranormal activity and tales of murder and mayhem in St. Augustine. You'll also experience a unique scary stop inside the Potter's Wax Museum. You won’t want to miss this Ghost Tour! It’s the only ghost tour that takes you inside two of the city’s most haunted buildings! Voted Best Ghost Tour of Best of St. Augustine

Key West: SNUBA Experience

2. Key West: SNUBA Experience

SNUBA is safe family fun and simple to learn. No prior diving or snorkeling experience is required. All necessary equipment is provided and fitted for each guest by a team of professionals. The guests' experience is the number 1 priority, so comfort and safety in the water come first.  After a brief 15-20 orientation during the ride out to the dive site, you'll be ready for an underwater tour through the beautiful local marine ecosystems. SNUBA was created in Hawaii nearly 30 years ago to allow anyone without a scuba certification to fully enjoy the natural wonders that lie beneath the sea. SNUBA arrived in Key West in 1999 and has been continually serving locals as well as visitors on their quests into the underwater world.

Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

3. Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

Your experience begins as you arrive to the Cow Key Marina on Stock Island. Start by meeting your guide, who teaches you how to operate your own little pistol boat. Your guide then takes off, leading you through the back country of Key West. As you travel you may see ospreys - the only bird of prey to survive entirely on fish. There's also the opportunity to spot manatees feeding on mangroves, sharks swimming beneath you, and pelicans diving for their meals. You soon arrive to Mud Key, a beautiful little sandbar set in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whilst there, wade in the soothing crystal waters, explore the island, or simply relax. Following your time exploring, begin your journey back to the marina through the winding mangrove maze.

Key West: Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

4. Key West: Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

Celebrate Key West's diverse and abundant local fruits of the sea. This 3-hour guided small-group experience stops at 6 tasting locations, each carefully chosen to give you an eclectic view of Key West's best restaurants along the historic seaport. Enough for a hearty lunch, tastings are served from adored local eateries, tucked-away hidden gems, and a fisherman-owned seafood market. This tour will allow you to bypass the Duval Street tourist traps and go straight to the spots that the locals frequent to eat, drink, and discover the island. As you stroll the charming side streets and docks, you will experience the island’s seaport, as well as the rich industrial history which has transformed through the generations. Your friendly and knowledgable local guides will share stories of local industry, including the colorful past and historical landmarks. Following the tour, you can explore Old Town with confidence and take advantage of recommendations on restaurants, attractions, entertainment, and cultural offerings. You'll also receive a collection of exclusive recipes, ensuring that you can enjoy memories from this tour for many years to come.

West Palm Beach: Downtown Food Tour

5. West Palm Beach: Downtown Food Tour

Taste the flavors of South Florida as you experience 5 restaurants in 1 day on this walking tour in West Palm Beach. Feel like a VIP as you meet chefs and restaurant owners who take time to chat with you, and even taste a dish that's been featured on the Food Network. Along the way, your guide will keep you entertained with crazy stories about the city's past and give you plenty of opportunities to capture photos of colorful street art. Learn about the history of key lime pie as you savor the best one in town. At the end of the day, you'll feel like a local, and you'll have a long list of restaurants you'll want to return to.

Tampa: Cigar City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

6. Tampa: Cigar City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Meet your guide then set off on a seriously spooky adventure through Tampa. Journey through some of the city’s most haunted streets, and experience spine-tingling hauntings. Discover why Tampa is called “the damnedest town this side of hell”, and listen to stories of eerie, unexplained encounters and paranormal activity experienced by local residents. Hear tales of the spirit of the projectionist at the Old Tampa Theater, and the ghost of the notorious gangster Charlie Wall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen a new side to Tampa, and have a few ghost stories to take home with you.

St. Augustine: Guided Kayaking Tour

7. St. Augustine: Guided Kayaking Tour

Paddle back in time as you visit old Florida on a backwater kayak tour in the Deep Creek conversation area. Meet your guide at the launch point just a 20-minute drive from downtown St. Augustine. Then, hop into your kayak and go off the beaten path as you explore Florida's wild side. Glide along the Salt Run lagoon, keeping an eye out for local wildlife as you go. This guided kayak tour has an easy rating, and all skill levels are welcome. Your kayak and paddle will be provided, but kayaking enthusiasts are also free to bring their own solo kayak along. 

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Briana was excellent. She had so much knowledge about Key West and a wonderful sense of humor. There was so much food that we elected to share one piece of Key Lime Pie at the last place we visited. The pie was excellent but we were too full!! Here's why..a mahi taco, a Cuban sandwich, lobster Mac and cheese, shrimp with a few sips of wine!! All this while learning all about the history of Key West.

This was actually a lot of fun. We didn't see any ghosts unfortunately, but still loved the whole experience. 10 PM was a perfect time, it was dark enough, but not too late.

The snuba instructor was very knowledgeable and extremely experienced! Highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an amazing experience in the keys!!

It was a great ride and the guide was very knowledgeable about the tour.

Ed was very nice and knowledgeable about the area.. very entertaining !