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Alcatraz Island

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Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book in advance” (1,293 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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Reviewed yesterday

No wonder they called this place the rock because you need to rock back and forth to keep moving because it's so cold even on a summers day. A brilliant place to visit and the audio guide really explains what life would have been like...More

Thank AndyandLesley
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice experience with the family. Tour is a must do although wld recommend Dutch people to take the English version.

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Reviewed yesterday

well worth a visit to get the real storey of this forbidding old prison. you really get a feel for what it was like to be a prisoner here but also what it was like for the officers and children that also lived here. if...More

Thank ianwM9341AI
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can't go to SF without taking this tour. The audio tour does an excellent job of walking you through the prison with anecdotes and stories from inmates, prison guards and the families that lived on the island. Its hard to believe men actually lived...More

Thank kik2
Reviewed yesterday

Get your tickets in advance & don't miss out on this historical attraction. Take the tour in the morning so you have time to see as much as you can as there is so much to see on the Island. The walking tours & audio...More

1  Thank Tiffany M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nothing less than fantastic, well-organized and interesting to walk through the old prison. Be sure to book tickets well ahead - several months actually. Bring warm clothes as the ferry trip is quite chilly.

Thank Tanja T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed this half day (allow 3 hours). Well organised, brilliant audio included so no need for guide books, wonderfully preserved as it was and no frills. Good value we thought.

Thank JaneSurrey_
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We got the tickets as part of a deal and so had little expectation invested in this trip. Good heavens the experience was a huge surprise. The organisation of everything, the ferries etc is immaculate you feel it's the Navy or coastguard taking you, very...More

1  Thank AntonyL
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Crowds are annoying, but well worth your time to stop. We were able to speak with a former prison guard on our trip. It was really neat to hear his experience.

Thank C_Ky_Traveller_
Reviewed 2 days ago

You definitely need to do the audio tour and be prepared to walk uphill quite a bit. There was a shuttle for disabled individuals, but I felt guilty for using that just since I only have a mild disability. It was tough, but worth it...More

Thank Vanessa R
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Nigel G
12 August 2017|
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Response from stillus2017 | Reviewed this property |
We booked through Expedia I hope it works out for you.
10 August 2017|
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Response from AlcatrazCruises | Property representative |
Alcatraz Cruises is the official source for Alcatraz tickets. The website you booked through is not affiliated with Alcatraz Cruises, so we have no control over their policies or procedures.
9 August 2017|
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Response from AlcatrazCruises | Property representative |
There is a cafe at Pier 33, a snack bar on the boat, and there is a cafe on Angel Island where you can purchase food and drinks. Since you're on the 9:30am departure, that means you're going to Alcatraz Island first. The... More