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.

St. Augustine Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Redmari7
"Amazing tour guy"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2019 NEW
Babaloo (hope i spelled it right) was our tour guy. He was great!!! Interactive, funny and interesting. And our tour guy made ot better... I will be coming back..
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Robin D
Fairbanks, Alaska
"Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 17, 2019 NEW
Everyone in our group agreed this was the most disappointed thing we did while in St. Augustine. Save your money for something else.
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john d
Orlando, Florida
"Lots of info"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2019 NEW
Very informative on how jails were run. Expect to spend 30-45 minutes on the tour. May be difficult for older people to manage the stairs.
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OccassionalVisit2r
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019 NEW
Recommend this for the young kids, may make them think twice about going down a path of crime:) The tour was fun and the details offered were very interesting and entertaining.
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mimi0208
Shipman
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019 NEW
Interesting to see how the prisoner was detained back then! The tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. The weapons display, very interesting. Scary, some of the items they used back then to commit crimes. Some of the guys depicting prisoners were very funny. They asked people for clothes and help to escape. My grandsons really enjoyed the jail!
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