From old hotels to attractions you know, Texas has an expansive paranormal history for you to explore. Seek thrills and chase fears throughout the state at some of the most haunted places in Texas.Less
There isn’t just one Driskill Hotel haunting. Many stories circulate through the lavish halls of the Austin hotel. One tale claims that the grand staircase at The Driskill is haunted by a young girl who met her fate in 1887 chasing her toy ball right over the edge. Another alleges that The Driskill Hotel room 525 is the site where two distressed brides took their own lives on their honeymoons exactly 20 years apart.
The Grand Galvez haunting is supposedly the work of “the Lovelorn Lady” a soon-to-be bride who tragically ended her life after hearing news of her fiancé’s death. You may also meet a number of other ghosts and ghouls who add to the hotel’s haunted history. Those who have braved a night on the fifth floor of the Grand Galvez have reported hearing footsteps running down empty halls and doors slamming throughout the night.
Believed to be the oldest bar in Houston, La Carafe is housed in the oldest commercial building, which opened as a bakery in 1860. The seasoned bar was also a drug store and hair salon before becoming La Carafe in the 1960s. La Carafe maintains a “haunted” atmosphere lit by candles and serves host to the occasional séance. Bartenders have reported bottles falling and sounds of children playing upstairs. Some even say an old manager lurks in the window.
One of the most famous mysteries in the state of Texas is the Marfa Lights seen in Marfa, at the western edge of the state. Accounts of red, blue and white lights and (most commonly) “glowing orbs” began during the 19th century. The first recorded sighting of the lights was in 1883 when a young cowhand thought the mysterious flickering lights in the night sky might be an Apache campfire. Head to the Marfa Lights Viewing Area to see if you can catch a glimpse for yourself.
Texas’ most haunted destinations can be a bit spooky for anyone younger than age 12. For the younger crowd, consider staying overnight at the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, where guests of all ages can hear ghost stories and take part in a scavenger hunt across 100,000 square feet and 11 decks. Don’t worry, they say the ghosts here are more mischievous than menacing.
Remember the Alamo? The ghosts of the Alamo will make sure you do. Home to the Battle of the Alamo with hundreds of casualties, the Texas landmark is considered one of San Antonio’s most haunted locations. Visitors and personnel have reported sightings of soldier apparitions and rally cries echoing across the limestone walls. Groups of more than 20 can schedule after-hour tours for a truly haunting experience.
Another popular attraction is the Terlingua Ghost Town near Big Bend National Park. Terlingua is made up of decaying buildings and shafts abandoned after the mine closed near the end of World War II. Known for their over-the-top Día de los Muertos celebration, residents operate locally owned restaurants and dives, including the Starlight Theatre. The ghost town is known for its roadside attractions similar to those of Las Vegas, which explains the town slogan, “Viva Terlingua!”