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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Travel814183
Statesboro, Georgia
"package tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019 NEW
if you have some money you can buy a package tour in Saint Augustine which conclude the transportation and the tickets it is very convenience
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KMW-FL
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
"Fun Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
Bucky, our prison inmate trustee, made this tour enjoyable and interacted wit the group well. The tales he told were hard to hear but at times funny, and very historical. The information at each stop was interesting. This was my second time touring the facility and enjoyed it as much as the first. The cells were not very large and supposedly housed 72 prisoners, but was told that sometimes it ranged as much as 3x that amount. One fact I heard this time was that this jail was designed by the same person that designed Alcatraz. A good tour to take and is suitable for kids. However, there are stairs so if you have any disabilities that would hinder climbing, this would not be a tour for you.
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Kristie N
"Old jail"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2019 NEW
It's our first trip to Saint Augustine and we had a blast today with Inmate Frank at the old jail!! He gave us a lot of great history and made it fun!
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jeffjune1968
Tampa, Florida
"Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
Our tour guide Benny was so nice and explained everything. Well worth it. First time there. Great atmosphere for picture taking.
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Sarasotaladypj
Sarasota, Florida
"Lots of fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
I was picked to be the convict. Tour guide made it interesting and lots of fun. When I return I will take this tour again.
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