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“Good tour but expensive and lots of distractions...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Ripley's Believe It Or Not VIP Package
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Bangalore, India
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good tour but expensive and lots of distractions...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

You need to buy tickets in advance as they sell out fast, even at that price! Be there at least 1/2 hour before your time slot; Catch the 10 mt ferry ride to alcatraz island; get down and then your guided tour starts; it is for 45 mts. The guide was energetic and had enough info to give and made jokes here and there to keep the crowd involved; there are trams going right during the tour, and the whole group listening to the guide has to stop, move into both sides of the street to give way for the tram. The guide then has to remember where he left off and continue or start a whole new spiel. This happened to us twice in the 45 mt tour. It was very annoying to some parents with small children since they had to move their strollers, spots were lost since everything gets so jumbled; there are planes flying every few mts since it is close to the airport and that does not help either. But overall, the guide tried to keep up with the noise from the people that had finished their tour earlier or not yet started on their tour and talked over all this plus the seagulls flying so low right over people's heads etc was very amusing to see, as long as it doesn't happen to one. Then you go on an audio tour; sound quality was pretty clear and kids could follow the audio tour and move along quite easily. Kids could also participate in Jr ranger activities and earn badges, which is quite good to get them interested in national parks and their conservation etc. overall, not bad a tour except for the interruptions, which are unavoidable i guess, considering the amount of people that visit. each ferry, carries nearly over 300 guests, i believe.

Visited February 2012
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Audio tour was very informative. Great views of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge.

Visited February 2012
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Alameda, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This historic prison is a very interesting place to visit. The tours provided are excellent.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not really stunning...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Moah..... not much to see actually... actually it was crap. Don't go there and spend your money on something fun!

Visited February 2012
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San Rafael, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A bit of somber history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Great tour by the GG natl rec. Really interesting and a nice boat ride.

Visited March 2011
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