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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summer K
Trenton, Georgia
"Amazing Guide Accommodated Teen"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We had an amazing experience at The Old Jail in St. Augustine today. Our teen daughter who has a service dog did well outside, but upon entering the jail with so many people she quickly became upset. The guide, name of Frank on prisoner costume, immediately noticed her distress and quickly adjusted and made sure she was okay. He made sure to ask what might make her uncomfortable and what he could do that would help us. In addition he made sure to guide us to the least crowded areas where she could still enjoy the tour and periodically checked to make sure we were okay. He accommodated us without drawing attention to her checking with us during transitions between areas. Making sure she did not feel uncomfortable. At the end he took extra time with her to answer questions and show her a few "card tricks" that had landed his character in jail. It brought us to tears. Thank you so much for making this one of the best tour experiences we have had. It is rare to find someone with this type of heart and these skills.
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RajBrenda7
"Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Nice little fun tour. Guide Frank was great. Could not have been any more funny. It was well worth the money.
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rachaelr1201
"Very entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
This was our 3rd or maybe 4th visit to the Old Jail. We always have a good time here and learn lots of history about the jail. Our tour guide this time was Ian and he was very funny and seemed to know alot about the history of the jail. He took us through all the cells and rooms of the jail and even put us in a cell.
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FLABOY2019
"The jail was cool!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
I really enjoyed the jail but the tour was poor. The tour guide we had thought he was much more intertaining than he really was.
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MSH28
Plantation, Florida
"Jailhouse Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Edward was a great tour guide. Loved the dead pan humor. This was definitely one of our favorite tours in St. Augustine. My 16 and 19 year olds had fun taking pictures inside the cells. Interesting history lesson. Highly recommend.
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