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USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky 41071 USA

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  • No Wifi
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“Entertainment & Nightlife in Newport, KY”

The USS Nightmare is a haunted house attraction built upon an actual steam-powered dredge boat located in Greater Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River in Newport Kentucky. The USS Nightmare is the resurrection of the William S. Mitchell. The boat is in the exact condition it was left in the aftermath of the Mitchell Massacre. To this very day, anyone who enters is tormented by the sinister past of this former dredging vessel—including the cast and crew of our haunted dredge boat tour. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the boat and experience more than 40 scenes—most of which are historical interpretations of actual rooms and events. The USS Nightmare exposes the life of the legendary Captain Mitchell, his bizarre family, and his dedicated crewmembers who haunt the historic steamboat dredge and delight in exposing their mysterious behaviors and oddities to all who enter. The horrific story of the Death Dredge is revealed in the area’s most detailed haunted attraction enhanced with Hollywood quality makeup, sound, lighting, animation and special effects. With such tremendous atmosphere and realistic detail, the USS Nightmare is annually one of greater Cincinnati’s longest and highest rated attractions making it the area’s best Halloween entertainment value. In addition, the USS Nightmare has been named by Haunt World Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 13 Scariest Locations for Haunted Houses – a recognition that celebrates the best real haunted houses in America. During the 30 minute bone-chilling tour through the 288’ vessel, guests will experience mankind’s most prevalent phobias while surrounded by the massive equipment original to the historic vessel. The path meanders through more than 40 terrifying areas encompassing 20,000 square feet highlighting areas such as the newly exposed crew quarters and crew head, the expanded galley, the machine shop and even the impact zone crushed during the vessel’s “unmanned” journey known as the Mitchell Massacre. Filled with some of the fright seeker’s favorite crewmembers such as the captain’s daughter, Anna with her strange playmates; the Vampire overlord; and the Rat Lady, these areas come alive to tell the tale of the Death Dredge. Tickets are available online at or at the USS Nightmare ticket window. Visit for special pricing for RIP Express passes, groups of 15+ and private parties. The USS Nightmare is conveniently located on Riverboat Row in Newport, KY near the intersection of Riverboat Row and Columbia Street. Visit for more information including coupons, FAQs, directions, and online ticket purchases.

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Ken Valuska

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February 11, 2016
Rated 2.0

It is cool, but the dent schoolhouse is MUCH better

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USS Nightmare

101 Riverboat Row
Newport, Kentucky
41071 USA


Closed Now
  • Fri, Sat: 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Sun, Wed, Thu: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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