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Address: Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone Number: +1 415-981-7625
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history...

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.

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Booked mine and my mom's tour via Alcatraz Island Tickets and redeemed the actual ticket on the day itself. We took the FIRST/ EARLY MORNING tour of the day which was great... read more

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked mine and my mom's tour via Alcatraz Island Tickets and redeemed the actual ticket on the day itself. We took the FIRST/ EARLY MORNING tour of the day which was great because I love to take photos and there were less people during that time than compared to when we were about to leave the island. I would've loved... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow what a fantastic part of Sanfranciso history . Really found this Superb and very informative . The audio guide is very interesting and great way to spend a few hours

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So interesting to see this place where maximum security prisoners spent their days. Traveled by ferry to the island and it really is incredible to imagine the inmates who managed to escape in the choppy waters of the bay. Even in mid July the ocean spray and the wind was chilly. Awesome tour for those who enjoy history and interesting... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on the night tour of Alcatraz which was very interesting. They gave us an extra view of the island from the boat before docking, and then split us into groups to be taken up to the main building. The park rangers were well informed and friendly. An audio tour is included in the ticket price, and is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have lived in California for 40 years and had never visited Alcatraz. We picked a gorgeous night - the weather could not have been more perfect and the tour was wonderful. Looking back at the city from Alcatraz was breathtaking. It is well maintained and staffed that was well educated about the premises. A great trip over and very... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My fourth visit to Alcatraz, thoroughly enjoyable for repeat visits. The Audio Tour is a great way to start out your visit. The Audio Tour starts at the top of your climb (a series of paved switchback walkways from the dock to the main prison building). The narrative is provided by former prison personnel and inmates. The Audio Tour is... More 

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Didcot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The trip to Alcatraz is a 'must' for any visitor to San Fransisco. The Island is situated in San Fransisco Bay and is only a mile from the city. A short boat ride to the site taks you to the landing area on the Island and you are met by a Ranger who gives you the 'do's and don'ts while... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must do if visiting San Francisco. Must be booked well in advance. Ferry across to island is well organised. Lots of information available on the history of the island, which wasn't always a prison. Highlight of the tour was the audio tour of the prison. This features stories from former prison guards and inmates. This made the tour. Brilliant!

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Wiltshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see whilst in San Francisco. Book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Well organised boat trip across and orientation talk, there are also guided walk/talks on different aspects of Alcatraz or inmates, the board near to the shop has subjects and times. View the video in the building half way up the first slope before walking up... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Large queues when you get there and a long wait for the boat ride to the island. The island is very basic and the jail is set at the top. The audio presentation is very poor and hard to co ordinate within the prison. The prison remains unchanged and it was interesting to see where the famous inmates were held.... More 

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