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St. Augustine's Old Jail was built in 1891 to accommodate the city's criminals. Financed by railroad magnate Henry Flagler, the jail was designed to blend in with the rest of the Ancient City's buildings and features Romanesque Revival-style architecture. In 1954, a year after the jail closed, the property reopened as a historic attraction. The facility was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Past visitors praised the Old Jail's tours, which are led by guides dressed up in period attire. Tours are not only informative, but also offer a glimpse into the conditions prisoners encountered in the jail. If you have an interest in the paranormal, travelers recommended taking the multi-attraction Ghosts & Gravestones tour, which includes a night tour of the Old Jail, along with the Old Drug Store and Potter's Wax Museum.

The Old Jail can be found a mile northwest of downtown's historic area by the Florida Heritage Museum and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. To get to the jail, visitors can drive or take the trolley to the No. 1 trolley stop. Free on-site parking is available, as well as restrooms and a gift shop. The attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $9.54 for adults and $5.30 for children 6 to 12. Entrance fees are waived for children 5 and younger, and reduced rates are offered when tickets are booked in advance on Old Town Trolley Tours' website. Travelers who purchase a Ghosts & Gravestones tour ticket or one of Old Town Trolley Tours' attraction packages do not have to pay additional fees to visit the jail.

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#1 St. George Street Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end ... Read more » Glowimages / Getty Images

#2 Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Castillo de San Marcos served as a fort for more than 205 years. Built between 1672 and 1695 by the Spanish, it protected the newly established territory of Spanish Florida ... Read more » Sean Pavone / Getty Images

#3 St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum features shipwreck artifacts, a wooden boat building exhibit and a 165-foot-tall lighthouse. The lighthouse, which was built between 1871 and 1874, is the oldest ... Read more » Glowimages / Getty Images

#4 Lightner Museum The eclectic Lightner Museum is located just south of Flagler College near St. Augustine's historic city center. Housed within the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built by Henry Flagler ... Read more » Paulbr / Getty Images

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#7 St. Augustine Beach Situated 5 miles southeast of St. Augustine's historic district, St. Augustine Beach features roughly 2 miles of white-sand beach and clear water. The beach is popular with families, thanks ... Read more » Cody Christian / Flickr

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