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Halloween decorations are beginning to appear in stores. That means it’s time for ghosts to come out. The Official Ybor Ghost Tour is the way to learn about the ones in some of Tampa‘s historic buildings.

The Official Ybor Ghost Tour runs all year, but this is the time of year when there are more tours scheduled. This year, there will be more options for your ghost-viewing pleasure.
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First, there’s the tour of Ybor City. You’ll get to know the haunts familiar to the Ybor’s history. It’s the only tour that has complete access to the Cuban Club, known to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United States, according to the Travel Channel. The Ybor tours begin at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. with a guide who has amazing knowledge of the area.

Second, and new for 2022, there’s a new ghost tour in downtown Tampa. This begins at the Tampa Theatre, also known to be a haunted building. These tours begin at 8 p.m. starting September 7.

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You can visit yborghosttour.com if you’re interested in booking a tour or for more information.

Tampa Bay's Top 10 Odd Attractions

If you’re looking for something to do that’s a little different, check this list out. These are not the familiar and popular places to visit. Instead, here are a few lesser-known attractions around Tampa Bay.

Summer is here and schools are out. If you’re looking to visit someplace you haven’t been yet, here are some places around the Tampa Bay area that you may not have though about before.

  • 1 Whimzeyland, Safety Harbor

    Owned by a couple of artists, this Safety Harbor home has nearly everything covered with tile mosaics. Then there are the bowling balls, painted and decorating the property.

    Put a little Whimzeyland in your life.

    Posted by Whimzeyland on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • 2. Dysfuntional Grace Art Co., Ybor City

    Filled with natural and unnatural oddities, many you can actually purchase.

  • 3. 3. Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

    Sunken Gardens has been open for over 100 years, and is St. Pete’s oldest roadside attraction. Get a visitors guide and explore the more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Take lots of photos of the waterfalls and their flock of flamingos,

  • 4. Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg

    Glass art brought to its highest peak. Add to that, the drawings and limited edition prints. You can also purchase your new home decorations.

  • 5. International Independent Showmen's Museum, Riverview

    Learn the history, and mystery, of the traveling carnival.

  • 6. Church by the Sea (The Chicken Church), Madeira Beach

    Whether the design is intentional or an unfortunate result, the building is certainly memorable.

  • 7. The Sea Hagg, Bradenton

    As their sign reads, “Nauticals, Antiques, Curiosities.” It’s someplace you need to visit to find that special, one-of-a-kind treasure.

  • 8. Ulele Fairyland Figures, Tampa

    Originally on display at Lowry Park, the figures were acquired by Ulele (and Columbia Restaurant owner) Richard Gonzmart, who put them on display at his restaurant on the Hillsborough River.

  • 9. Braden Castle Ruins, Bradenton

    On land acquired by brothers Dr. Joseph Addison Braden and Hector Braden, a two-story manor, nicknamed ‘The Castle’ was built. The property fell to hard times, and much of the remaining structure has been grown over by the natural flora.

  • 10. National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum, Holiday

    Get some laughs, and learn about some of your favorite comedians. Clearly, noplace screams “National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum” like the town of Holiday, Florida!

    Plan your visit now!

    Posted by National Comedy Hall of Fame on Friday, January 29, 2021

Another 7 Odd Things-To-Do Near Tampa

We had so much fun finding our first list of odd things-to-do near Tampa. Now, we’ve continued scouring the area and found seven more odd attractions and sights.

Sure, the Tampa Bay area has beaches, theme parks, trails, sports arenas, malls, etc. Sometimes, however, you need to look just a little deeper to find something you never realized was there.

Here are seven odd things-to-do around the area that you may or may not have known about. If you did know, let us know about your experience. Keep an eye out for the next list!

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