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Ripped from the headlines of Detroit’s past - and not so distant past, these chilling Detroit lantern tours take a look at the city’s sinister side and reveal a reality that’s much more frightening than fiction.

Join us – if you dare – on these spirited nocturnal expeditions where we unmask macabre tragic tales of murder, mayhem, misfortune, mysticism, and malevolence lurking below the surface of this historic city. Others may claim New Orleans and Savannah are the most haunted of American cities, but we know Detroit holds this distinction.

Notorious 313 Sinister History Lantern Tours are Detroit's original true crime and ghost tours.

Choose from several tours to fright & delight. Better yet - take them all!

 

(NOTE: These are walking tours apprx. 2 miles on uneven pavement)

Notorious 313 Sinister History Lantern Tour

Detroit's original true crime and ghost tour goes beyond the hype and headlines touting a "new Detroit" and take you for a stroll on the city's sinister side where we reveal terrifying true stories and ominous local legends.

Why do downtown pedestrians walk over the dead daily? Who's buried beneath the Ren Cen? Why do some people believe a busy parking lot, gentrified park, and Greektown corner are haunted? Why is the spirit of master illusionist Harry Houdini tied to Detroit?

Discover the answer to these questions plus more lurid and deadly stories such as Dueling Undertakers, Mob Hits, Last Man Hanging, Happily Never After, Black Widower's Tangled Web, Cache of Bones on this downtown Notorious 313 Sinister History Lantern Tour. 

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour. 

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Starting Location: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza (Jefferson and Woodward Avenues), Detroit 48226. Meet in front of the park's electronic sign. Approximately 2,5 hours and 2 miles.

Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked

Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked tour cuts through the fancy branding found in this trendy part of town and takes you for a stroll on the sinister side where you'll become immersed in frightening true stories of murder, mysticism, and mayhem. Mob hit leaves bullet-ridden bodies of victims looking like Swiss cheese. Princess, a beautiful daddy's girl killed for being a hippy. Haunted home for the aged. Gruesome schoolgirl murder restricted door-to-door by kids. Houdini hot spots, Victorian mourning customs, people living where dead bodies were once prepared for burial, and more! Think country is more divided today? Killer found listening to Beethoven in main library proves otherwise. Gothic and Victorian buildings provide the perfect ambiance for these and many other stories told on the Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked walking tour. 

 

Tour has been revamped with many new stories and different route. Majority of tour travels north of Alexandrine instead of south as in previous years.

 

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour.
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Starting Location: Outside of Great Lakes Coffee, 3965 Woodward, Detroit 48201

Notorious 313: Deadly District

Beacoup bucks have been spent transforming the recently branded "District" into an entertainment hotspot. Will money and clever marketing be enough to quell the restless spirits roaming these streets long before stadiums and trendy restaurants/clubs moved in? Or ... will the ghosts of those who met their tragic demise here continue to haunt and give new meaning to the concept of active nightlife? 

 

Murder dominates this tour as guides disclose actual terrifying accounts of Cass Corridor serial killers, a luxury hotel known for its homicides, the mysterious offing of a benevolent drug lord who owned lots of property in this now desirable area, a theater's deadly drama, scrub woman's revenge, and the double life of the dismembered doctor. A few ghosts, murders for hire, tragic accidents, Purple Gang exploits, and a man who outsmarted the mob -- and lived to tell about it, make for a morbid stroll down the seedy side of the city with Notorious 313: Deadly District walking tour. 

 

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour. 
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Starting Location: Corner of Winder Street and Woodward Avenue (across from Little Caesars Arena)

Notorious 313: Creepy Corktown

Notorious 313: Creepy Corktown takes you for a sinister stroll through Detroit's oldest neighborhood where guides rip apart the hip façade presented in this popular part of town by exposing terrifying true events and ominous local legends. Happily Never After, Pawnshop Slaughter, Field of Ghosts, Irish Mourning, Macabre Motel, are just a few of the stories told on this walking tour through this favorite historic district once home to spiritual readers, residential funeral homes, mobsters, and more.  

 

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour. 

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Starting Location: Outside P.J.'s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit 48226

 

* Minimum attendees are required for all tours to be a go. Please double check your email for messages 24 hours prior to tour or contact City Tour Detroit by phone. 

Notorious 313 Spooky Bus Tour – East Side

On these tours offered late September through end of October, we take you beyond the safe confines of downtown. Check back in May for scheduled dates.

Starting Location: Anchor Bar, 450 West Fort Street, Detroit 48226

Notorious 313 Spooky Bus Tour – West Side

On these tours offered late September through end of October, we take you beyond the safe confines of downtown. Check back in May for scheduled dates.

Starting Location: Anchor Bar, 450 West Fort Street, Detroit 48226