St. Augustine Old Jail Tours
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Don’t let the friendly pink stucco exterior fool you. Although this building might look like an old-fashioned luxury resort, it was actually one of the most feared places in all of St. Augustine—the St. Johns County Jail. Built in 1891, the jail housed prisoners until 1953, when it opened to the public for tours.
Tours of the building—today simply known as the Old Jail—give you the chance to see how some of Florida’s toughest fugitives lived while locked away. Led by a costumed guide, step into a maximum security cell, visit the sheriff’s house and gallows, and check out a collection of weapons from the early 20th century.
Book your Old Jail tour in advance to skip the line at the ticket office. Or, for a spookier experience, go after dark as part of a haunted tour of historic St. Augustine. The Old Jail is also a stop on the city’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing trolley.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Take your camera for a jail-cell photo op.
- Admission is free for children under age 6.
How to Get There
Located next to the main trolley station in St. Augustine’s Old Town, the Old Jail is within walking distance of several other sights. If you’re getting there from farther afield, take the trolley, or a taxi or rideshare.
When to Get There
The Old Jail is typically open daily year-round (except on Christmas), with guided tours every 20 minutes. Haunted tours take place after dark.
St. Augustine Old Town is home to some of the city’s top historic attractions. Before or after your tour of the Old Jail, head to the Oldest Store Museum, a recreated general store from 1908. Or, pay a visit to the St. Augustine History Museum to explore the city’s 500-year past, as well as the people who made St. Augustine what it is today.
Address: 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 32084, USA
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in St Augustine
Not very informative
, Jul 2020
The tour guide provided information about 2 main people, the sheriff who ran the jail and 1 inmate that was executed there. We were expecting to learn more about the history of the jail. Many important details about leasing convicts, the huge number of Black inmates executed for minor crimes and the reasons for its closure were not mentioned.
emocionante y diverrida
, Jun 2020
Una attention exelente, historia interezante y recorrido divertido. Lo recomiendo . El guia con un agradable carisma
3 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Augustine Old Jail
Once a holding site for St. Augustine’s hardest criminals, the Old Jail Museum now offers visitors an educational look at life in the Nation’s Oldest City. Tour a maximum security area and regular cells alike that held prisoners until 1953, learning about fascinating historical accounts of criminal lives in St. Augustine as you go.
Explore the best of St Augustine on this narrated Old Town trolley tour. See more than 100 points of interest such as the Old Jail, Flagler College, and Spanish Colonial neighborhoods. Discover more about America’s oldest city, founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, from your friendly and informative conductor who shares interesting narration about St. Augustine's history.
Explore the best that St Augustine has to offer with admission to three historic attractions plus a hop-on hop-off trolley tour of the city. Visit the Old Jail, the St Augustine History Museum and the Oldest Store Museum Experience, plus more than 100 other points of interest among the city’s top attractions. Board the trolley at any of the 22 stops. It's a great way to see everything St Augustine has to offer.
Ghost & Vampire Tours
St. Augustine’s original “frightseeing” tour is an evening of fear and fun. Board Ghosts and Gravestones' Trolley of the Doomed for a spooky ride through St. Augustine's sinister past. Listen to stories of the ghosts and ghouls believed to still wander the streets of the town as you pass haunted hot spots. Expect a tour so scary, it should come with a warning.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book St. Augustine Old Jail tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Augustine Old Jail can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 St. Augustine Old Jail tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit St. Augustine Old Jail 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Augustine Old Jail costs USD 13.83. Guided St. Augustine Old Jail tours start around USD 13.83 per person. See all 3 St. Augustine Old Jail tickets and tours on Viator.
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