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Alcatraz

Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415-981-7625
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Alcatraz and Hills of San Francisco Segway Tour
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Ranked #4 of 385 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Lighthouses, Natural History Museums, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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Sacramento, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

There was a time when criminals, regardless of their infamy, faced the same punishment, if they were caught, prosecuted and interned... Of course those were the days, my friend... There was the thought that "redemption" would result from punishment and those incarcerated; you were only entitled to "Food, Clothing, Shelter and Medical Care" everything else was earned based on the... More

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Alcatraz was $30 extremely well spent! Fabulous visit to a national park. Highly recommend this historic tour. The audio tour was in perfect sun with the pace of the visit.

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Sydney
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Initially we were not really that keen to visit Alcatraz but had some time and took the ferry across. Glad we did. The audio tour is definitely worth taking - they have made it really interesting. There is a lot of walking so be prepared. Can be very busy so if you are short of time book your tour in... More

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Gentofte Municipality, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see the well documented life and history of Alcatraz. The audio guide is great for experiencing the site on your own and gives a rich palette of information. Bring warm cloths, it is windy.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Wow, truly everything I was expecting, the voice tour really gave a great sense of the prisoners and guards lives while there. I really hope they restore more of it so that we can get too see all areas! A must visit while in San Fran!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Great views of SF! It was a good trip across on the boat, the audio tour is good, though I took a wrong turn a couple of times. Interesting. I booked via Viator and got a good price. Wish I couldve taken the night tour, but it was fully booked up by the time I arrived.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This tour was probably the best tour I've done in a long time and maybe ever! Well worth the $30 it cost through the official site. Make sure to buy tickets in advance because it does sell out and spots are limited. Leaves from pier 33 and our parking in a nearby garage was $9 per hour. The tour takes... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This is my second time on the Alcatraz and my first night tour. It was amazing. The Rock has an eerie feeling to it at night which sets a perfect backdrop to learn about the history of the rock and some of the famous escapes and inmates. There was an art exhibit featuring the works of Ai Weiwei when we... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

My friend really wanted to go and I was glad I saw it. The history is pretty interesting and they do a great job. I wouldn't go back myself, but think it's definitely worth seeing once.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great day at Alcatraz. Book well in advance, when I was there the boats were books for more than a week in advance and this is November! No food on the island so I suggest you grab a sandwich and a bottle of water before departing. The tour is fantastic. It's a bit crowded and you may find yourself dodging... More

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