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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Overview

Discover the eerie side of Lake Geneva on this 90-minute ghost tour through downtown. Explore haunted landmarks, learn about indigenous tribes, and uncover the secrets of the town's famous summer residents!

🏰 Explore iconic landmarks like the Maxwell Mansion and Baker House, where ghostly encounters still occur

🌾 Visit Flatiron Park and learn about the indigenous tribes that once called this land home, long before it became a resort town

🕵️‍♂️ Expect to be captivated by eerie and unexpected stories about downtown Lake Geneva, unveiling its hidden mysteries and strange occurrences

🏞️ Discover where legendary figures like Sears, Maytag, Schwinn, and Wrigley spent their summers, adding a touch of celebrity allure to this charming town

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After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

Seasonal,
May-October:
Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: Recommended for 12+. If under 18 years old, participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: While tours do not contain anything too graphic or inappropriate, we find that kids that enjoy history have the best time. You know your children best and that's left up to you. We do not recommend bringing children in strollers because sometimes that can be difficult with larger walking groups. All participants must pay to join, children included.
  • Pets: Sorry, no pets allowed. 
  • Individuals with disabilities: The tour route is wheelchair-accessible and service animals are welcome. If anyone in your group will be using a wheelchair please make a note at the time of booking.

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • What’s included: 
    • Expert paranormal guide 
    • Fully narrated walking tour
  • Who will be present: Your expert guide and up to 30 participants.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket.
  • Photo/ video: You may take your own photos.

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: Rain or shine, the experience will be running.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • Parking: Metered parking available by Seminary Park
  • What to wear: Comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for weather conditions.
  • What to bring:
    • Camera
    • Bottle of water

     

  • Gratuity: Gratuity for your guide is greatly appreciated if you enjoy the tour. $3-$5 per person is suggested.
  • Restrooms: It is recommended to use the restroom prior to the tour.

Full description

Lake Geneva, often regarded as a luxurious resort town, has more to offer than meets the eye. Beyond its opulent facade lies a wealth of haunted history waiting to be unveiled.

Sample Itinerary:

  • The Sanitariums of Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva wasn’t just a getaway for the rich and famous, but it was also known as a place for healing, where the ill could come to get better.
  • Thunderbird in Flatiron Park: Your guide stops to share another important part of the city’s history: its native tribes, the most recent of which were the Potawatomi Indians, whose leader in the early 1800s was Chief Big Foot. Here, learn more about Potawatomi folklore, mound builders, and recent sightings of the mythical Thunderbird.
  • The loquacious Spirit of the Lake: Most ghosts aren’t quite as talkative as this Spirit of the Lake, and your guide tells you exactly what she said to a group of city slickers when they happened upon her during a canoe trip out on the lake. Did the spirit approach these canoers in a non-threatening form that they would understand so that it wouldn’t frighten them? Learn more as you overlook the peaceful water.
  • The Woman in Black at Elm Park: In this park, next to the Lake Geneva Public Library, lives an entrancing character. Learn about the history of this property, dating back to the late 1800s, and the Lady in Black who roams the park to this day. Reports of seeing a woman dressed in Victorian clothing have been reported since the 1970s. Some people have said she'll follow you as you walk around the park.
  • The Ghost with the Handlebar Moustache at Baker House: Here your guide tells you the history of this mansion that was built for the widow of a former Wisconsin senator.
  • Hauntings at Maxwell Mansion: The man who built this house, the Maxwell Mansion, was Dr. Philip Maxwell. He was also known as the "Father of Lake Geneva" because he paid for the process of getting the city divided into lots and mapping it, so people could start purchasing land here and developing it. (Let’s just say they didn’t talk about the rumoured basement surgeries he performed here at the mansion.)

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule in the case of an emergency, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows mean losing the value of your experience.

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Oliver J.

The ghost walk was an enchanting journey into the unknown. The guide's knowledge and storytelling prowess turned a simple walk into a mesmerizing adventure. I was captivated by the tales of restless spirits and haunted locales. A perfect way to explore the city's mysterious side while enjoying an evening stroll.

Amelia C.

Spectacularly spine-chilling! The ghost walk was an unforgettable experience filled with tales that sent shivers down our spines. The guide's animated storytelling and the atmospheric surroundings created the perfect ghostly ambiance. A must-do for anyone seeking a thrilling journey into the supernatural.

Lily A.

The ghost walk was a charm-filled yet creepy adventure. The guide's charisma and well-researched stories made the evening both entertaining and spooky. Walking through the city's haunted nooks and crannies, I couldn't help but be entranced by the ghostly tales unfolding around us.