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St. Augustine Old Jail


30 minutes
Easy Activity
Likely To Sell Out
Mobile Ticket

Overview

Visit the Old St. Johns County Jail – One of the few remaining 19th century jails in America. See how prisoners lived & go behind bars with friendly jailers.

Highlights

  • Experience the cells where men, women, and condemned prisoners suffered.
  • Learn the history of the building financed by railroad magnate Henry Flagler.
  • Enjoy an entertaining tour led by professional actors / storytellers.
  • See a large collection of historic guns and other weapons used in crimes in the old city.

Description

You won’t want to miss the Old Jail, built in 1891 and operated until 1953 as the St. Johns County Jail. Construction was financed by Henry Flagler, Standard Oil founder and Florida East Coast Railway magnate.

Flagler needed to move the existing jail to make room for construction of his Ponce de León Hotel so he paid for a new jail to be built. The Old Jail building was designed to look like a fine hotel and is a great example of 19th century Romanesque Revival architecture.

Enjoy a tour of the Old Jail led by professional guides and historical re-enactors. You will see the cells built to house up to 72 prisoners but often crowded with many more.

Explore the Old Jail Museum and tour the living quarters built for deputies. Visit male and female cells, as well as the maximum security death-row cells where 8 men spent their last days before meeting death on the Jail’s dreaded gallows.

View an extensive display of antique weapons and listen to tales of the gruesome crime and brutal punishment that were features of life on America’s Southeastern frontier. You will come away with a vivid picture of the lives of those on both sides of the law in old-time St. Augustine.

The Old Jail was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It has been featured on the Today Show, the Travel Channel, and the SyFy Channel. The Old Jail is also listed on the Florida and National Register of Haunted Places, so beware the ghosts of the many who died in misery within the walls.

Book your visit to the Old Jail through our secure online eTicketing system and get ready to enjoy one of St. Augustine’s top attractions.

Schedule

  • Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
  • Book Your Package On-Line
  • Get Your Confirmation
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

What's Included

Includes

Learn the history of the building financed by railroad magnate Henry Flagler.
Enjoy an entertaining tour led by professional actors / storytellers.
See a large collection of historic guns and other weapons used in crimes in the old city.

Excludes

Gratuities (Optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
  • Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
  • A Smile!

Additional Info

Likely To Sell Out

Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather cancellation policy?

If the St. Augustine Old Jail must be canceled due to bad weather, and you cannot go on another day, you will be issued a full refund by Cool Destinations.

Where is the meeting point for this activity?

Detailed check-in instructions – including meeting point address, Google map, and parking information – for St. Augustine Old Jail will be included in your final confirmation email from Cool Destinations. Please be sure to double and triple check your email address is correct at checkout so this important email makes it way to you!

Where can I park my car?

Detailed parking instructions for St. Augustine Old Jail will be included in your confirmation email.

What do I need to show at check-in?

Cool Destinations activities accept both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

I am unable to locate the check-in. What should I do?

If you arrive for your activity start point and you are unable to locate the check-in location, we first recommend calling the local contact phone number found on your confirmation email. If you are unable to reach the local contact, we will be more than happy to help you out.

Can I book this activity when I get there?

Cool Destinations activities can only be booked online. It is recommended you pre-book your travel service to avoid disappointment as many of our tours and products are popular and can be sold out early. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to pre-book to ensure a satisfying, worry-free vacation.

Are my credit card details safe?

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Are gratuities (tip) included in the price?

No. On most Cool Destinations tours and activities with guides, mates, captains, and assistance, tips are not included. Our general recommendation is 18-20% when you enjoy a quality service experience.

Can I book an activity and leave it open dated?

The majority of travel services provided by Cool Destinations must have a pre-booked date designated in order for the activity to cater for passengers. Exceptions to this are attraction passes, hop on/hop off buses and trolley tours.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Unless otherwise noted, please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before your St. Augustine Old Jail begins. The exact start time may be based on your chosen options and will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

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