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
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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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TJ R
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
"TOURIST TRAP - DON'T GO! So Cheesy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2018 NEW
This a ridiculous waste of your money! Take the Trolley around St. Augustine, and as you go decide what you want to see. Don't believe the ticket people who tell you to see the jail, or store, or museum that are at the first Trolley stop. Cheesy terrible tourist TRAP!!!!
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TravelingAgain1981
""Benny the Boss"- great job!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018 NEW
Benny was very convincing as an inmate of the Old Jail. He knew the story of everything about the old jail and included all visitors with his unique narration. Really enjoyed listening to him even though he was feeling very good. Benny! Benny! Benny!
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ThatgurlCass
"Old Jail"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2018 NEW
I had a very interesting time going through this place. The things you learn give a different perspective on how things were back in 1908. It also helps to have an interactive and convincing tour guide like Boss Benny! Thank you for making this tour really stick out in my mind. You did a great job and kept us well entertained and informed. I'll catch ya in Brooklyn sometime soon. :)
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westflorida1960
"Old jail tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
Had Boss Bennie from Brooklyn for the tour, excellent tour guide, Made the place come to life, with vivid descriptions and great humor. Bennie, Bennie Bennie!
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Perkadventures
Banning, Ca
"Exciting Visit - Second floor Stairs up/down"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2018 NEW
Got tickets for the jail with a guide that acted as a jailer. Very funny and informative. Built in the 1800s and used until the 1950s was not a nice place to stay. Great chance to see
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