Whether you enjoy eerie attractions or appreciate glimpses into the past, touring the Old Jail of St. Augustine is a must. It was built in 1891 by the same company that built Alcatraz. Henry Flagler funded the construction and deemed that it not disrupt the Old City’s atmosphere, which is why the jail looks more like a Victorian hotel from the outside. The jail was in operation until 1953, and held some of the most violent criminals throughout those 62 years. Only one year after its close, the jail was transformed into a local attraction, and the rest is history. In 1987, the attraction earned a spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today, there are various tours offered that allow guests to experience history.
You’ll meet “inmates” who will guide you through women’s and men’s cells, the sheriff’s quarters, the maximum-security area, and the gallows where capital punishment took place. You’ll see a collection of actual guns, weapons, and other courtyard displays to round out this realistic representation. “Deputies” will tell unforgettable stories about factual sheriffs and inmates, their daily lives, and the penal system of America’s southernmost frontier.
Tours are for families and individuals of all ages, as both day and night tours are available. Scary night options can include the Ghosts and Gravestones tour. You can purchase tickets on-site or on the website. It’s open daily, except for Christmas Day, and offers free parking.
If you stay at our luxury bed and breakfast, we’d be happy to help you coordinate a visit. Pearl of the Sea B&B is conveniently located so our guests can easily see and do it all without a hassle. After a spooky night tour especially, you’ll appreciate a cozy and inviting place to retreat to – our accommodations are one-of-a-kind.