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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
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Reviewed yesterday

Best trip on West coast. make sure you have guided tour with headsets. Mid summer take some warm close as SF can be freezing and Alctraz is exposed so if your unprepared you'll feel it. Walgreens sell fleece hoodies for $15 if you forget to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful trip to Alcatraz on the ferry and audio tour was fantastic/staff very helpful,not to be missed

Thank Geoff H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just the most amazing place to visit but take a jumper as even in the summer it gets very cold and is extremely windy. There is an audio tour that you can do but as we had 16 and 7 year olds we decided not...More

1  Thank Joanna K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wrap up warmly for when you are outside, and invest in the audio tour! Very interesting to hear about the history of the prisoners, the indian protests and more.

1  Thank jacobjackson
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was such an interesting experience. The audio tour is fantastic and really draws you into what it must have felt like there whilst it was open. I would love to go back and try and do one of the evening tours as I can...More

1  Thank Grant B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved exploring Alcatraz and listening to the audio tour. It definitely does not bore and the views of the city from Alcatraz are outstanding. This was a fantastic experience

Thank LinguineLover
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good system of human guide and headsets-well done. We only managed to get tix via a tour package (1 hour bridge boat ride, 3 walking tours and Alcatraz) as I think the regular tickets from the Alcatraz site get scooped up by tour operators and...More

1  Thank manderoortrips
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was looking forward to Alcatraz just because of the history, but was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the island is. There are so many different type of plants and flowers on the island, as well as plenty of birds. I would have liked to...More

1  Thank ccristee
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We LOVED the Alcatraz tour. The pier was packed but well organised. We didn't print our tickets but they allowed us to show it on our phone and scan the barcode. The boat ride over is very cold and windy. The audio tour is excellent...More

1  Thank Beth R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Alcatraz is definitely well worth visiting. The audio tour of the cells is excellent. Actually being in the prison is a real eye opener. Conditions were dreadful. The cells are cages with no privacy and a minimal amount of space. Some notorious criminals resided here....More

Thank Susan H
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contactazp
3 August 2018|
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Response from Josh L | Reviewed this property |
Another things I just noticed, the official Alcatraz website says that 3rd Party Tour Operators MUST package the alcatraz tour with another tour, they can't simply sell alcatraz tickets alone. I see that reservealcatraz... More
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eodom90
29 July 2018|
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Response from Lucy W | Reviewed this property |
We did buy just a couple of weeks before we went but paid a premium to buy with a bike tour and did it on Viator. We wanted to go so were happy to pay extra.
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eodom90
29 July 2018|
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Response from lelula | Reviewed this property |
I looked about 2 months in advance at the official site and they had plenty of availability for my trip. But a few weeks later when I went to book, they were totally sold out. I ended up booking another tour that also... More
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