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“Highlight of my trip to San Francisco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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US$201.75*
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Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike Tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Highlight of my trip to San Francisco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

The boat trip was great. Short but interesting.
The whole trip was excellent, the movie in the beginning - a must watch. It was informative about the Island and its history - not just a prison.
The audio tour was easy to follow as long as you start and stop in sync with other members of your party!

Visited February 2012
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“Historical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

The tour is a great piece of history for certain . It is very spooky when you pull up to the island on the ferry out to take the tour. A must for a first time visitor to the bay area

Visited February 2012
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South Florida, Florida
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“A Little Unsettling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Nice little boat ride leads to "The Rock". The NPS has done done a marvelous job of giving you a feel of what it was like to be a long term resident. The weather was clear which led to spectacular views. We walked up and got tickets, obviously not in season.

Visited February 2012
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Neath, United Kingdom
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“a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

we went fairly early in the day so it wasnt too crowded... the weather was great so we were able to stroll around outside, the call blocks were amazing - the rooms were so small!!!! in all it is a must visit if your going to SF.

Visited February 2012
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Bangalore, India
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“Good tour but expensive and lots of distractions...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

You need to buy tickets in advance as they sell out fast, even at that price! Be there at least 1/2 hour before your time slot; Catch the 10 mt ferry ride to alcatraz island; get down and then your guided tour starts; it is for 45 mts. The guide was energetic and had enough info to give and made jokes here and there to keep the crowd involved; there are trams going right during the tour, and the whole group listening to the guide has to stop, move into both sides of the street to give way for the tram. The guide then has to remember where he left off and continue or start a whole new spiel. This happened to us twice in the 45 mt tour. It was very annoying to some parents with small children since they had to move their strollers, spots were lost since everything gets so jumbled; there are planes flying every few mts since it is close to the airport and that does not help either. But overall, the guide tried to keep up with the noise from the people that had finished their tour earlier or not yet started on their tour and talked over all this plus the seagulls flying so low right over people's heads etc was very amusing to see, as long as it doesn't happen to one. Then you go on an audio tour; sound quality was pretty clear and kids could follow the audio tour and move along quite easily. Kids could also participate in Jr ranger activities and earn badges, which is quite good to get them interested in national parks and their conservation etc. overall, not bad a tour except for the interruptions, which are unavoidable i guess, considering the amount of people that visit. each ferry, carries nearly over 300 guests, i believe.

Visited February 2012
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