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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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“audio tour” (10,682 reviews)
“night tour” (3,218 reviews)
“boat ride” (1,788 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
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+1 415-981-7625
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The ferry ride to Alcatraz Island alone is a photo op of San Francisco skyline. Once on the island, one can join walking tour or move at their own pace. You are given a self guided audio equipment. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes....More

Thank IluvHoratio
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I was excited to see Alcatraz, but didn't think it would be as awesome as it was. Make the cellhouse the first stop on your tour, pick up your audio (available is many languages) and make your way through. The tour is narrated by former...More

Thank kaylc81
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Reviewed today via mobile

I have been to Alcatraz many times. Once for work, once solo, once for an art show, once caught the Blue Angels (total accident so talk about your serindipity) and many times with visiting friends or family. The ferry ride alone is worth the ticket....More

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This is still a truly fascinating experience. The island in general seems to get more interesting over time, though the cell block is steadily deteriorating. When we went a few years ago, you could visit the medical wing on the top floor, but that is...More

Thank Pete M
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Reviewed today

Alcatraz is full of history, going back well before it was a prison for mobsters. The audio tour focuses just on that time as a prison for "incorrigible" inmates. But, there are several guided tours throughout the day that focus on other parts of the...More

Thank KristinaD27
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Reviewed today

Been to San Francisco many times on business. Was going out for a vacation so decided to finally visit Alcatraz. Definitely book far in advance if possible. Was completely sold out the days we were there. Also summer is a very busy time of year...More

Thank FlyGirl1118
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Reviewed today

This was a place I wanted to visit since I was a kid and the wait was worth it. It is a very interesting place with an even more interesting history. I was glad to finally tour the island and prison first hand. The boat...More

Thank bobbyfdny
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This is an iconic piece of SF. Kids and adults of all ages can appreciate the tour and the island. Although, you should plan well in advance as tickets can be hard to come by especially in the summertime. Sometimes you can get lucky and...More

Thank Eric S
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We lucked out and were at the island on a gorgeous day. The preservation of the prison and the quality of the audio tour are very impressive.

Thank Pia T
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I have lived in San Francisco most of my life and I tend to avoid most of the top tourist areas. When visitors come to town, I always make an exception for a trip to Alcatraz for a tour with one of the headsets. It...More

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bhoyng19
15 July 2018|
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Response from Stephanie D | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure if there's a same day option. I know there was a long line on the day we visited and we were there on a Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and I don't think anyone from the line got on our tour. I heard the line... More
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Maryam j
8 July 2018|
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Response from Maryam j |
I have a PR CANADA Now l am in Canada. DO I need to US visa for teravel to San francisco?
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tfisher1131
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Response from clkeller517 | Reviewed this property |
First, look at other tours that combine Alcatraz with sat the Hop in Hop Off Bus tour. Check it twice a day. If you get that tour you’ll also get Alcatraz vouchers which will get you tickets at the shoreline. alcatraz booth... More
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