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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 good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Interesting to walk around the island and visit the cell blocks with the instructive audio tour. (available in many languages). The island has only been a prison for 29 years, but still heaps of tourists keep visiting the island daily. Alcatraz is a hype, but...More

Thank appeltjes
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We was there with my husband and bith liked it. Very interesting historical place. Wiill recommend to all my friends.

Thank Natalia T
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The history of Alcatraz is amazing and the audio tour provided is really good. The atmosphere of the prison is still very much as it was and the tour guide really makes you feel as though you were there!

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Reviewed yesterday

You must book a month in advance or you will miss out. Very easy to board the ferry, which had great views, but can be cold if you are outside. So check the weather and dress right. The island is all hills so be prepared...More

Thank Timothy I
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I think this and a cable car ride is a must do while in San Francisco. My wife and adult children loved it! The audio walking tour is excellent and gives you a look into the world that was Alcatraz.

Thank Mikmeg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a very educational and tour. A definite of you are visiting San Francisco. Make reservations early or go through a tour company.

Thank David T
Reviewed yesterday

I booked the "Escape from Alcatraz and Muir Woods Tour" through Viator tours, because it included a hotel pickup at a hotel that was listed on their website. I called Grey Line, the day before, as instructed, and was told to wait in the hotel...More

Thank WayneV376
Reviewed yesterday

Take the automated tour and go at your pace. Outside grounds are nice to walk around as well. Ferry ride over is a bonus. You are imersed in stories and the lives of those who lived, worked and were incarcerated.

Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitely get tickets in advance. We booked a few weeks ahead the 9:10 tour to avoid the crowds. It still seemed crowded but then leaving we understood what ' crowded ' actually meant haha staring at the people coming in. The tours do book out....More

Thank Alita-b-angel
Reviewed yesterday

A must do in San Fran. My second trip and still very interesting- building work going on at the time meant it lost a bit of its mysterious feel to it but still enjoyable.

Thank Conor2012
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Nigel G
13 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.
10 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