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6 Haunted Places to See in Siesta Key and Sarasota

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September 30, 2020

While most often people associate Siesta Key and Sarasota as a calming beach destination there is another part to this area of Florida that lies just beneath the surface of its seedy past. Get your hearts pumping this Halloween season and discover these five haunted places in Siesta Key and Sarasota.

Braden Castle Park

The now protected ruins of Braden Castle were once an 1800s castle-like structure that had a long history of being haunted due to its years of neglect and abandoned buildings. Numerous stories have been reported of ghost sightings, including one of a goat!

Pelican Alley Restaurant

About 13 miles south of Crescent Royale Condominiums lies an under-the-radar lunch spot called the Pelican Alley. Serving up delightful seafood dishes it also serves up a bit of a fright with its local ghostly residents. Said to be haunted by the restaurant’s previous owner, who was unhappy he lost the business, there are footsteps heard late at night, with doors opening and closing on their own. 

Hauntings at the theatre district

Sarasota’s downtown district was no stranger to celebrities back in the 1920s including Bette Davis, Will Rogers, and Elvis Presley. It is believed today that some of Sarasota’s deceased celebrities occasionally return to enjoy a show, or two.  Sightings and paranormal activity have been reported at both the Sarasota Opera House and the Florida Studio Theatre. The artistic director of the Florida Studio Theatre even had a series of exorcisms performed on the Keating Theatre in the 1980s to disprove and get rid of the unruly ghosts.             

Coquina Beach

At the southern end of Coquina Beach, on Anna Maria Island, there used to be a hotel that is now a public picnic area. The location is said to be home to a few haunts but the most famous is the man in black clothing that walks the path from the beach to the picnic area, sometimes even during daylight.

Rosemary Cemetery

One of the spookiest places in the city, Rosemary Cemetery, is home to roughly 740 gravesites, with a little over half of the burials recorded dating back to 1887. The cemetery is believed to be haunted by the restless spirits of the Green family. Victims of a horrific family massacre, the wife and children of the husband and father who murdered them, they are said to still roam the cemetery in the unrest of how they left this world.

Fort de Soto State Park

A great day trip from Siesta Key, a visit to Fort de Soto State Park is a must for any outdoor enthusiast and ghost hunter out there. Head out to the historic fort at the park where many individuals have reported footsteps in the sand inside one of the rooms in the fort.

Stay at Crescent Royale Condominiums

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Don’t worry there aren’t any ghosts or goblins lurking at the Crescent Royale Condominiums! Rest easy in your comfortable and spacious condo, located in walking distance to America’s most beautiful beach, Siesta Key Beach. We offer one to four-bedroom condo rentals that are perfect for a couple or a large family or group. Enjoy our on-site amenities including a gym, pool, and of course direct access to the beach.

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