Most locals and visitors are familiar with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley. It is well-known as the fun way to get around Clearwater Beach and into North Pinellas. Today, however, the Jolley Trolley is launching a not-so-Jolley tour. Haunted Clearwater Trolley Ghost Tours will launch on Friday, July 22nd with two distinct routes. The first tour to be launched is Maisie’s South Route and will be followed shortly thereafter by Andrew’s North Route. Each distinct 75-minute tour will visit the area’s most notoriously spooky and ghostly locations. The trolley will pick up guests in a distinctly different-looking, and sound-enhanced trolley from either the Visitor Center at Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach or the Clearwater Historical Society and take them to locations known for their storied pasts. Some of the scariest stops include the Old Biltmore Hotel, the Fenway Hotel, The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Historic St. Andrews Chapel, and both Clearwater and Dunedin Cemeteries.
The Jolley Trolley partnered with the Clearwater Historical Society and the Dunedin History Center and Museum to resurrect stories from the area’s past and worked with local ghost hunters and enthusiasts to create the tour. Local Author Joshua Ginsberg, who has written 4 books about the area, including Secret Tampa Bay, authored the stories.
Haunted Clearwater will also be donating a portion of this tour’s ticket sales to erecting and maintaining a headstone for Gertrude Warnick, whose heroic story will be told on board as well as to the restoration of the organ at Pease Memorial Presbyterian Church which will be heard throughout the tour.
Haunted Clearwater is the first of several showcase tours Jolley Trolley will launch in the upcoming months. “This is an exciting new addition to Jolley Trolley’s offerings after serving the community for 40 years and is one of several Trolley Tours under development that will be launched before year’s end.”, said Mike Helmstetter, CEO of Clearwater Jolley Trolley. “The Haunted Clearwater Ghost Tour showcases the depth of our fascinating and mystorical history hidden within our community..”
For more information about the nightly tours and to book tickets, visit HauntedClearwater.com.
About Clearwater Jolley Trolley: Since our humble beginnings in 1982, both residents and visitors have used the Jolley Trolley to avoid parking and traffic problems. From the beautiful oak interiors to the gleaming brass trim, taking the Jolley Trolley is truly a unique ride. Our daily service operates along Clearwater Beach and our coastal route serves Clearwater Beach, Downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs. Our “Concierges on Wheels” and our unique vehicles both add to that special ambiance when taking a trolley ride. To further extend our services, we offer rental experiences that range from wedding transportation to Ghost and Sightseeing Tours. We are the attraction that takes you to your destination.