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

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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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threegrits
Pensacola, Florida
"Just wasn't our thing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2020 NEW
Our guide, "Inmate Frank," was entertaining and knowledgeable. Played up the "haunted" aspect of the place. The experience just gave me the creeps. Kids and teens would likely enjoy it. Just too tourist-y for us.
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Mugsys2018
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2020 NEW
The old jail history was really interesting. Good tour to take. Lots of artifacts and displays. Our Tour Guide, Buckey, made it fun and even kept the interest of the children in our group.
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Richard O
Newark, Delaware
"Guide a bit annoying but good"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2020 NEW
We had a guide I'd prefer not to have again....but its a really great tour. Very interesting with history and anecdotes. We're older but I'd think almost every age would enjoy it.
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Y2471NNamandah
"Very entertaining interactive tour! Definitely worth the money!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2020 NEW
Our tour was one of the highlights of our trip to St.Augustine! Our tour guide Bobalew and Sheriff Slaughter put on a great show! Their interactions were very natural and kept us rolling with laughter! They managed to sneak in a couple jump scares as well! It was well worth every penny spent and I would definitely like to return!
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Jerry R
"Orginal"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2020 NEW
Me and my family have never been to an old jail. Tour was short by very good. Tour guide very informed and entertaining.
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