This updated article was originally written for Visit Savannah's Savannah Secrets in 2014. Since then Savannah has added even more ghost tours to an already crowded tourist scene downtown. But that's what make's this article on how to select the best Savannah Ghost Tours is even more timely to ponder when deciding which of the many different Savannah ghost tours to take. This updated series on Ghost tours in Savannah is intended to help visitors to Savannah find authentic Savannah Ghost tours and, of course, to find some of Savannah's best ghost tours.
If its your first time on Savannah ghost tours, or even your tenth, its sometimes good to just stretch yourself, throw caution to the wind, and enjoy whatever happens. After all, you’re on vacation, right? Why should you have to think too hard about what ghost tours in Savannah to go on? Time is a precious commodity and there are lots of options to choose from: some ghost tours in Savannah explore Savannah’s haunted history. Other ghost tours focus on Savannah ghost stories. Some offer paranormal “evidence.” others delve more deeply into Savannah's Low Country Voodoo and Hoodoo traditions. Some of the best Savannah ghost tours offer most or all of the above and even a variety of tours to choose from.
“Which tour and guide is best for me, my friends, my family” you may ask? Good question — because when it comes to the best ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia – one size does not fit all – no matter how many different tour offerings an individual company has. Start by asking yourself this very important question: “What am I looking for in a ghost tour?” Equally important — “what kind of tour guide am I looking for?” “Do I know?” “Does it matter?” If you haven’t decided before you get to Savannah – “no problem,” you say. “I’ll just decide after I get there.”
Finding the Best Savannah Ghost Tour Guide
Savannah has a handful of great ghost tour guides and a collection of good ones. But they don’t all work for the same company. Go with several Ghost tour companies If you have the time while you visit Savannah. I personally know and recommend some of the Guides working for my colleague “competitors.” Some of the Savannah tour guides I recommend are the actual owners of these companies and several of them have written engaging, well researched books on paranormal. I can’t speak for any one of them, of course, or any of the hotel concierges in Savannah but if you contact me and I feel you are seeking a different kind of tour than our own Savannah Ghost Walks then I’ll recommend someone else. No one else will do that and they would laugh at me for driving business away but Your experience in Savannah is most important to me -- above everything else.
Then there are haunted pub crawls in Savannah which, as the name implies, go in and out of Savannah’s haunted pubs – most of them emphasize drinking first and ghost stories second. But there are a few really good haunted pub tour guides who also rank near the top of the list for Savannah’s best ghost tour guides. Just depends on whether you’re interested in drinking at each stop! No one’s judging.
In Part Two we’ll explore how to find the best possible Savannah ghost tour guide. I’m dead serious.
Chase Anderson, Founder of Savannah Ghost Walks is a Savannah actor-musician, historian, storyteller and paranormal researcher with ancestral roots in downtown Savannah, Ga.