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Alcatraz Island

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Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Doesn’t disappoint! Loved the whole place and the audio tour just adds to it! Defo a must see and do

Thank Tommitchmond
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Go! It's worth it. Be sure to make reservations well in advance. Very educational. Audio tour is a must do! My 10 year old grandsons were facinated!

Thank AZtraveler625
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed every bit of our visit to Alcatraz and the ferry ride across is a great way to view San Francisco from afar. The Audio tour is a must while you walk the cells, narrated by former inmates and guards, it gives a great...More

Thank Joanne A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited Alcatraz for the Behind the Scenes and night tour. You get to go to places on the island that aren’t covered during the normal audio tour. Highlights included the hospital wing, tunnels, garden, dungeons. Lots of walking and stairs so you need to be...More

Thank JoLiFo
Reviewed yesterday

Bought tickets on line, had friends go to pier 33 at 1310 for 1330 departure, they loved it, great photos, professional staff and nice waiting area, with coffee and snacks option. They planned this trip for 2 years and were not disappointed. LOVED it.

Thank debbiemailme
Reviewed yesterday

We had a wonderful couple of hours and enjoyed every bit of our visit. Fast, smooth transportation to the island and a perfect cuppa en route. It helped to have seen the Clint Eastwood film so long ago. I felt I was reliving it. Brilliant...More

Thank Sunkissedagain
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

No matter how many times I do this tour. The audio tour gets me. A piece of magical history told so well as you walk Around My kids are 9 and 5 and loved it. Book in advance. Seems like a 2-3 month wait. You...More

Thank ndwalsh
Reviewed yesterday

I was lucky to get tickets a few days before our tour but there were only 2 of us; generally you should book ahead as it is very popular. I took my son, thinking that he would like it and I would be along for...More

Thank Sally J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited San Francisco and my husband really wanted to visit this. I wasn’t so keen to go. But I’m so glad I did. The audio tour of the prison is fantastic. So interesting and you get to see so much of the prison. The...More

1  Thank EmsieC40
Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating place that has lots of visitors. The Park Service does a great job of ferrying people to and from the island, which holds so much history not only as a federal prison but as a fort during the Civil War. The gift shop...More

Thank Elizabeth D
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July 15, 2018|
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Response from Stephanie D | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure if there's a same day option. I know there was a long line on the day we visited and we were there on a Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and I don't think anyone from the line got on our tour. I heard the line... More
Maryam j
July 7, 2018|
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I have a PR CANADA Now l am in Canada. DO I need to US visa for teravel to San francisco?
June 29, 2018|
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Response from clkeller517 | Reviewed this property |
First, look at other tours that combine Alcatraz with sat the Hop in Hop Off Bus tour. Check it twice a day. If you get that tour you’ll also get Alcatraz vouchers which will get you tickets at the shoreline. alcatraz booth... More