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.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

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terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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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ldtc2
Hoboken, New Jersey
"Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
We did the tour of the jail house and the girl who took us around was FANTASTIC. She was very theatrical. Kids would enjoy this.
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christine102262
La Crosse, Wisconsin
"Creepy, eerie jail part of ghost tour - Entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
We visited the Old Jail as part of the Ghosts & Gravestones tour one evening - it is the final stop on the Trolley of Doom and was very interesting and yes, creepy. Being there at night must be very different than a daytime tour, as you are the only ones in the jail, besides a crazy, lunatic inmate who tells you of the macabre history of the place. You are there quite awhile, weaving upstairs to the cells, listening to stories and then going out back where the hanging gallows are - it was very entertaining and very eerie.
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DoloresL1
"sister's trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
Loved this tour. It seriously was the best from very beginning to the end. Benny from Brooklyn was great. He was well inform with the history of the jail
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Alanmflys
Fort Worth, Texas
"Interesting Jail both Day and Night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
We visited the Old Jail not once, but twice. The daylight tour was conducted by a "trusty" guide, with entertaining stories and history about the construction and operation of the Old Jail at the turn of the 19th Century. We also visited the Old Jail at night as part of the Ghost tour. "Charlie" the host of the Jail portion of the tour is not a "trusty" but in his stories of life after "his experience" in the Old Jail... entertaining and eerie. Well worth stopping by both day and night.
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iTeachFourth
St. Augustine, Florida
"Fourth Grade Field Trip-Benny"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
Definitely a great experience. The students loved the experience and so did the teachers. Benny was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and interacted great with the students. I would definitely go back and recommend this to others.
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