Photo courtesy of Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
The 90-minute tours will be on a 49-passenger excursion boat from Grafton River Adventures.
ALTON — Have you ever wanted to know why Alton, the city nicknamed the “Most Haunted Small Town in America,” is so haunted?
Come aboard one of the six haunted evening cruises on the Mississippi River this October to hear the ghoulish stories of Alton.
A sordid past of murder, war, death and destruction has led to Alton’s haunted present. Through the years, travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton. Learn about some of these haunted sites on a haunted river tour.
This cruise will be aboard the Hakuna Matata, a 49-passenger excursion boat from Grafton River Adventures. This ghostly tour will last 90 minutes with a tour guide from Alton Haunted Odyssey pointing out haunted locations along the Mississippi River. Stories include traumatic events such as the murder of Elijah Lovejoy, the city being the home of the old prison that housed thousands of Confederate soldiers, Alton’s ties to Al Capone’s boat and more.
Haunted Cruise Schedule
- Thursday, Oct. 9: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 10: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 11: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 16: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 17: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 18: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Boarding begins at the Alton Marina 30 minutes prior to the haunted cruise. Admission is $35 per person. To make online reservations, go to www.VisitAlton.com/HauntedCruise.
There will also be Fall Color Cruises available from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19.
The excursion boat is an all-weather, 53-foot Coast Guard-licensed tour boat. There is seating and cafe tables on both the upper and the lower decks. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360-degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest along the way.