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Address: 167 San Marco Ave, Saint Augustine, FL 2084
Phone Number: 904-829-3800
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"Do The Crime and Serve The Time"

This is a great tour of an 1800's jail. We were surprised to learn that the same company which built the Old Jail also built Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Ca. which we toured... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great tour of an 1800's jail. We were surprised to learn that the same company which built the Old Jail also built Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Ca. which we toured as well. The tour of the Old St. Augustine jail is worth visiting. We recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in a glimpse of... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Really great tour through an old prision. Everyone i know that has ever been to St Augustine has went to the "old jail". Take a trip and enjoy!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The tour is run by "prisoners" and the style of the presentation makes it much more interesting than most tours. This small jail was used until the 1950s, if I remember correctly, which is amazing in itself. My husband and I learned a lot on the tour, which was probably 30-45 minutes in length. There are stairs to climb and... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This tour gave you the unique opportunity to experience what it was like to be an inmate in this old jail in the late 1800's. The tour began outside as we saw the hangman's platform, and learned why prisoners can be referred to as "jailbirds." Inside we saw authentic cells and learned how the inmates had to live. The tour... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

it was fun and the tours were great. The people that did the tours were very good at playing their parts. we took lots of pictures and had a great time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It was really fun the tour guide Pearl was outstanding specially the way she stayed in character. It was amazing to be able to get in the cells and the kitchen.

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pensacola, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

What a wonderful glimpse back in time. The stories that were told really brought you back to the daily lives of both the inmates and guards. Very informative tour. Thank you!!

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We received tickets to the Old Jail with our trolley ride purchase. This was a fun tour. The guide takes you around the outside, then inside, all while telling the story of how the jail came to be, telling you about the warden and the way of life for the inmates. The tour is not lengthy, but is packed with... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Geared for younger folks, Old Jail (in “Old Town”, a collection of buildings that house Oldest Store Museum, Gator Bob's, and is a designated trolley stop) has hokey skits about life as it was in the authentic old jail. In olden days, jail was meant for punishment, not a means of getting free tattoos, weight lifting regime, and free court-appointed... More 

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Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Unbelievable conditions for the prisoners. Great staff and (true) storyTelling. Maybe we should go back to the good old days of the chain gangs.

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