Authentic Old Jail in St. Augustine, FL

Historic Tours of America167 San Marco AveSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Originally built in 1891 by Henry Flagler, the historic Old Jail in St. Augustine offers a unique guided tour that showcases some of the prisoners and practices that took place. Guests can walk through the men’s and women’s cells, look through an assortment of weapons and artifacts, and see where executions occurred. Guests of all ages are welcome and can even work together to try and escape.

Description

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 being a harsh and strict warden – one of the toughest in the South. Walk through the men’s and women’s cells and see where executions took place in 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 a great sightseeing and history adventure.

Tripster Customer 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
Verified Traveler
"Great history lesson"
October 2015
Lots of fun for all ages. You do have to walk up steps, some are narrow/steep....in 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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Sarah H
Evans, Georgia
"Informative and fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
While tour the jail with our prisoner guide, Jack, we learned a lot of history of the time and laughed a lot. The tours are guided by staff in character. The history is given in a format of telling you a story of what your experience would be like if you were detained at the jail. The tour is somewhat accessible but there is a portion that takes you up some steep stairs and is therefore not accessible. The guide does give you an option at that point to break away from the group and step back outside. Our children ages 8 and 11 also enjoyed the experience. There are some loud noises when the jail cells close and things like that but otherwise it is kid-friendly.
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bonniej725
Fort Myers, Florida
"Vacation "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
A fun tour to take. So much fun and tour guide was awesome. We really enjoyed the place and got so many great phots
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StAuggie12
St. Johns, Florida
"Resident tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019 NEW
We have lived in St Augustine for 7 years and never visited the Old Jail. It was informative but I didn’t like being cramped into a small space especially when the weather is steaming hot.
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729laurieh
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"Second time visitor"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019 NEW
My husband and I really enjoy the old jail tour. This time, Benny was the “prisoner” that lead the tour we were on. He was very informative and entertaining.
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palmbeachgardensfl
"Old Jail - Nothing New - Don't Waste Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019 NEW
a Touristy type of tour. The sister jail is Alcatraz in SF. That is a great tour. Nothing much here but some rude guides who are trying to be funny, but miss the mark.
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