Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco: Address, Phone Number, Alcatraz Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Alcatraz Island
4.5
Historic Sites • National Parks • Islands
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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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2-3 hours
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Hanorah
Ireland8 contributions
Must see
Nov 2021 • Solo
Definitely one of the best things to do in San Francisco, I would definitely go back again. Love the history of the place!
Written 2 December 2021
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Andrea R
Aurora, CO13 contributions
So much fun! Highly recommend
Nov 2021
Make sure you read up on the "successful" escape attempt. Do NOT MISS this wonderful trip through history.
Written 23 November 2021
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L4942AHkennethm
Levittown, PA20 contributions
Great learning experience
Nov 2021
You have to visit this place if you come here. The history is amazing. Just to walk in this prison was cool, as long as your not a resident I mean(lol).
Written 20 November 2021
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Wendi Haughton
Castle Rock, CO9 contributions
Day Tour
Nov 2021
This was a fun day trip, we got to enjoy to whole island since we were there off season for the nesting birds. We want to come back and to the night tour.
Written 17 November 2021
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Steve
3 contributions
Spooky but very interesting
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is a must see visiting the Bay Area. It is amazing how well the NPS handles so many people on the ferry and in the prison itself. No guided tours…,everything is recorded on a headset that tells visitors all they need to know and is in conjunction with various informative signs on the island. Make sure you get your tickets early before your visit because this is an extremely popular attraction.
Written 15 November 2021
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Aerowing
Monee, IL4,962 contributions
Highly Recommended Visit
Oct 2021 • Family
Great experience. Plan on spending about 3-4 hours here including the boat trip to see everything. No need to buy tickets in advance as they’re readily available at the entrance area. The audio guide is included with the ticket and works great. Go see some history!
Written 14 November 2021
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dalessiopietro
Murray, UT447 contributions
A must see
Oct 2021
From the boat ride to the audio tour and the various views and the history and the exceptionally friendly park staff, this is a must-do for anyone who visits the San Francisco area.
Written 12 November 2021
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loveadeal55
Chicago, IL171 contributions
when in San Fran, you gotta vist ALCATRAZ!!!
Nov 2021
its been 20 yrs since i have been to san fran. i was surprised to find out that only one cruise/boat company is allowed access to alcatraz. all the other cruises, just go around the bay to golden gate bridge, sausalito, and circle alcatraz. alcatraz cruises is the one cruise line to alcatraz. around $40 for the boat trip, self audio tour of alcatraz. the best part of alcatraz is that its probably the equivalent of 7 storys high, around the highest walkways outside the prison building itself, which gives you great views and photo opportunitys of the golden gate bridge and skyline. the audio tour is a must, at no additional charge. we were there over an hour. boat trip is 15 minutes each way.
Written 11 November 2021
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Richie A
Long Island City, NY28 contributions
A Fascinating Journey
Oct 2021
Visiting Alcatraz is a MUST DO in the area. Sooooo interesting. A nice half-to- full day. Includes a fascinating self-guided tour with a recorded guide for you. Take as long as you want. Wonderful places for pictures.
Written 3 November 2021
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Debbie B
Studley, VA7 contributions
Alcatraz
Oct 2021 • Couples
It was fun to be able to walk the halls of such an infamous place. The pre recorded narrated audio tour was well done.
I did not like the comparison of the effects of covid shut down vs how the inmates felt being isolated that the guide used.
Written 31 October 2021
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