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Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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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.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We went to Alcatraz booking direct with Alcatraz Cruises. It was very well organised. The audio tour of the prison is a must. Very informative and entertaining. What surprised us was the beauty of the island with beautiful gardens and lots of birds. I would recommend getting the Early Bird ferry at 8.45 am as it gets very busy.

Thank Paula M
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I have wanted to visit for 27 years but never made it to SF to be able to, so when we arrived in the city and found that the tours were sold out months in advance at the moment I was absolutely heartbroken. The beautiful lady at the tour operators got us 2 tickets to leave right away and off we went for what is one of the most wonderful experiences of my life!

I can not recommend the audio tour of the cell blocks enough, even if you’re as familiar with the history of it as I am, it’s great to be able to put the visual with the the stories as you go around.

It’s very busy but rarely felt crowded as you can go at your own pace and wait for quieter moments to get a better look and take pictures.

Your return trip isn’t a set time so you can stay on the island and explore as much as you like and head to the dock when you’re ready to catch the next boat back. We were there for about 3 hours and got a really good look at everything.

Don’t miss it!

1  Thank Bekah B
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Great trip to Alcatraz Island. Did the night tour which was great.
Loved how you could do the tour at your own pace as it was an audio tour. Would recommend that anyone who visits San Francisco do this excursion.

Thank wiganlass
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

If you go to San Francisco you have to go to Alcatraz !!! You will make an incredible leap in the history of this high security federal prison. I really liked my tour (2 hours and a half). Go to jail you won’t regret !!!

Thank marjoriekoda
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Like most of us we have seen the movies & stories about The Rock. Went to the island with Alcatraz Cruises. On the boat ride over they give you a run down of the history before you arrival. Very interesting place with lots of history both good & bad. If your interested in history well worth the trip. Heads up unless your in San Francisco for over a week it would be best to book this trip before you go or as soon as your arrive so you won't be disappointed.

Thank Tracy M
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