St. Augustine Old Jail Museum in St. Augustine, FL

Historic Tours of America167 San Marco AveSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Built in 1891 to look like a hotel, Old Jail St Augustine once held some of the city’s most hardened criminals. Today, visitors of all ages can experience what its prisoners’ lives were like under the penal system decades ago. Explore the cells, hear tales its infamous occupants by costumed actors, even get booked and try to escape on this historical tour.

up to 0.5 hrs 1 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our St. Augustine Travel Experts
  • A fun and insightful tour of the St. Augustine Old Jail, an historic old prison block that operated for nearly 60 years.
  • Guided tours depart every 15-20 minutes and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Children under 4 are admitted free.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Bring your camera.


from St. Augustine Old Jail
Home to prisoners for over 60 years, the Old Jail in St. Augustine looks more like a resort than a maximum-security facility. The original structure was built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, and although it has been restored and renovated throughout the years, it looks very much the way it did when it opened over a century ago.

Today, visitors to the Old Jail can take a guided tour, learn about the many prisoners and practices that took place here, and see where the Sheriff and his wife and family lived—adjacent to where the prisoners were housed.

Meet Sheriff Joe Perry, who had a reputation as a harsh and strict warden and was one of the toughest in the South. Walkthrough the men’s and women’s cells and see where executions took place on the gallows. Discover the history behind judicial practices in the 19th century and see an array of weapons and artifacts.

Adults and children are thoroughly entertained by our costumed actors who portray deputies from the early days, and everyone gets a chance to try and escape! The Old Jail is one of just a few prisons of its kind still standing and makes for great sightseeing and historical adventure.

St. Augustine Old Jail Reviews

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terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
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"Old jail & hanging tree WHAAAAAT"
June 2016
Tour guide and his accent & humor were a phenominal combo. Teen approved for history, setting, tour guide & we even had the birthday girls locked inside the birdcage AWESOME!! Got our pardon papers at the end & took some pics with the prison statues.
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Tip: Dont forget your pardon papers

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Jodie M.
Winter Springs , FL
3 Reviews
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"Great history lesson"
October 2015
Lots of fun for all ages. You do have to walk up steps, some are narrow/ a separate anyone has limitations. Our guide was entertaining and great with the kids.
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Tip: Steep stairs, must be able to walk a flight.

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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Augustine Old Jail

Where is the St. Augustine Old Jail located?

The historic Old Jail is located at 167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

When is the Old Jail open?

It's open from 9:00AM - 5:30PM everyday. Tours are held daily with the last tour leaving at 4:30PM unless stated otherwise due to holiday operating hours.

How long does it take to tour the Old Jail?

Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes, and depart every 20 minutes beginning at 9 am.

Is the Old Jail wheelchair and stroller accessible?

Yes, the first floor and the outside perimeter are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The close confines and historic features limits wheelchair mobility.

Are pets allowed in the Old Jail?

No, but they are allowed on the outside grounds as long as they are on leash.

Is food allowed inside?

No, however there are multiple stores and restaurants outside the Old Jail.

Is there parking available?

Free parking is available onsite. You can also park in town for $10-$15, depending on the area.