Whether it’s books flying from shelves or women in white wandering hotel halls, Tampa Bay has no shortage of ghost stories. Feeling brave? We’ve rounded up five supposedly supernatural spots near our bike share stations for you to visit.
Haslam’s Book Store in St. Pete
John and Mary Haslam opened their used bookstore in the midst of the Great Depression in 1933. Since then, Haslam’s has become a Mecca for St. Pete’s book lovers and writers. One such writer, Jack Kerouac, who was a regular at Haslam’s during his final years in the city and often stopped by to move his books into prominent areas of the store, is said to haunt the building to this day. The owners report books rearranging themselves or flying off shelves after-hours, as well as unexplainable cold spots.
The Cuban Club in Tampa
Built in 1917, The Cuban Club in Ybor City has been named “One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.” by the Travel Channel. It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of an actor who died on stage in the theater.
The Vinoy Hotel in St. Pete
The Vinoy has always been a preferred vacation spot for the rich and famous since its opening in 1924. In 2008, Ghost Hunters devoted an entire episode of the show to the hotel’s fifth floor, where guests and housekeepers have reported seeing a mysterious woman in a white gown roaming the halls.
Tampa Theatre in Tampa
Tampa Theatre is apparently home to a few ghostly regulars but the most infamous otherworldly resident is Fink Finley, who worked as a theater projectionist for 35 years before his death in 1965. Fink always arrived early to work to shave and drink his daily cup of cafe con leche, and was known to smoke cigarettes in the projection booth. After his death, unexplainable things started to happen. Keys jingling in empty stairwells, a faint whiff of shaving cream in the halls, and strange smoke coming from the unoccupied projection booth.
The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn in Tampa
The Don Vicente, featured on the Travel Channel’s The Dead Files, was built in 1895, and has been used as both a hospital and a medical clinic throughout its storied history. While the building is no longer operating as a hotel and is private property, you might catch a glimpse of one of the ghostly former patients who are said to inhabit the rooms and gaze out of the windows.
Want to hit them all? A monthly Coast Bike Share membership comes with 60 minutes of daily ride time, which can be used on both sides of the bay.