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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R6575IFnicoled
Gainesville, Florida
"Fun with Ian"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
We recently toured the old jail with our tour guide, Ian. He was funny and fun and very informative. Good time!
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WaltherP87
Hanau, Germany
"Great combination of History and fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
One is shown around by an actor/narrator. Babalew did just great. Awesome and funny narration. The museum ist not big, but worthwhile
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kamellya2u
"Got a feel for the jail with an engaging guide."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
We saw the jail at night during a ghost tour. That was fun, but did another during the day with Jack and that was even better, as we thought we had already seen it all. Both guides were engaging, but Jack stands out as the winner. He kept everyone participating and entertained. We learned a lot about the jail, but also had a great time. If you go to St. Augustine, you have to take this tour! This tour was part of the Old Town Trolley package we purchased, so not sure how expensive it is alone, if they have parking, or any other details. It was just easier to book a package. The old jail is at stop #1, with the old store, the St. Augustine Museum and a gift shop. There's lots to see at just that stop.
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Augustine D
St. Augustine, Florida
"Thoroughly enjoyable ... real living history in our Town!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
I visited the Jail with a Ghost Tour during an out of town visit from my Brother & family. Their daughters were both in a High School and the Ghost Tour aspect really caught their interest. The jail was probably the highlight, or one of them anyway, and the fact that it’s real living ongoing history in our highly historical town made it all the more valid and interesting! The tour was great ... informative and insightful ... and the experience was genuinely enjoyed by everyone!
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541kareng
Jacksonville, Florida
"Historical Jail Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
This was a fun, interactive tour. Our "prison" guide gave a fun and informative narration on what life was like for prisoners.
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