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Alcatraz Island

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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Reviewed today via mobile

If you want to do this trip book in advance. The ferry ride is only 10 minutes. This is an incredible place. The audio tour is the best I’ve ever done. It lasts 45 minutes. It gives a real sense of what it would have...More

Thank Donald F
Reviewed today

If you're in San Francisco it is definitely worth a visit, the free Audio tour gives you direction round the island and through the cells and gives you a bit of direction to your visit. Be sure to bring a coat, I went early October...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed today

Alcatraz Island We booked Alcatraz along with a 48hours sightseeing bus city tour. We were emailed and told our tickets were for the 9 sailing out to the island. We organised an Uber from our hotel to take us to the pier. I have to...More

Thank Dundalk84
Reviewed today

This is really a must do tour when visiting the city and we were really glad that we had pre-booked our tour as the boat to the island (another highlight) was busy with a long line to board. Once on the Island the introduction to...More

Thank GTSSurrey
Reviewed today

We booked a couple of months ahead and were so glad we did. We have been to Ellis Island and Robben Island we thought this was the best. Such a good audio tour and the guides were also excellent. They have managed to create a...More

Thank Janet L
Reviewed today

We went with our two boys 9 & 11 and we all loved it. The audio commentary was really interesting and it was fascinating wandering around the grounds and cells. Definitely book in advance as we saw people getting turned away on the day. No...More

Thank Vanessa_GoldCoast
Reviewed today

We went to San Francisco during Fleet week and our induction welcome speech to Alcatraz was drowned out by the Blue Angels aerobatic jets practicing their routines for the air show. What a way to start the visit. The trip across the bay was made...More

Thank VicStorm
Reviewed today

Worth a visit. Pre book as can be difficult to pay and go.Good audio guide.Much like other prison museums but boat trip to island probably makes it unique. NB Port Arthur Tasmania is by far the best

Thank nedrow5791
Reviewed yesterday

This might sound strange but Alcatraz is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. The grounds and gardens are just breathtaking. We had Jim as our guide for the evening behind the scenes tour and he was wonderful. The prison tour was great...More

Thank gemmaelaine
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is must for visitors to SF. We did the guided audio tour which was informative but not very long. I believe there are guided tours which may be more informative, other friends have recommended the night tour as being more interesting. Suggest going in...More

Thank Jemima H
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25 September 2018|
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Response from VenetaLora | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I ultimately used the trip advisor booking for Alcatraz, having spend 30+ min on the phone with customer representative to respond to my request and booking request. Felt a bit strange to deal with customer reprentative... More
24 September 2018|
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Response from Where_To_Next | Property representative |
Also, Alcatraz Cruises (the operator) reserves tickets for same day purchase. So if you're lucky and don't mind getting up early to wait in line, you can easily pick up tickets.They are sold on a first-come, first-served... More
5 September 2018|
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Response from SashaRoseNeitz | Reviewed this property |
My assumption would be yes, but not a large one. I honestly would call the parks service to double check. There are strict guidelines on how large of a backpack one can bring. I'm sure there are guidelines for chairs as well. More