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Alcatraz

Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415-981-7625
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Ranked #4 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Lighthouses, Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is a must-see attraction for any visitor to the area.  One of the most infamous prisons... more »
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tripletoes
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Cool to see it after seeing movies and documentaries about it. The headset tour is great and very informative. Try to go on a sunny day because it is chilly! Dress warm. Skip the cheesy photo they try to sell you.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Its imposible travel to SF and not feel the curiosity of the infamous island. Its cheap, an audio guided tour, takes a couple of hours, but nothing else, I mean, nowadays is a historic place with a lot of repairs.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We found the trip to Alcatraz uninteresting, hot and boring. The ferry to the island was loaded with flies and the dock on the mainland needed more bathrooms...only 2 that we could find. I think there were even less on the island. And there were really no other amenities on the island. There was also a lot of uphill walking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited Alcatraz Island on a quick stop in Sam Fran with friends. The first piece of advice? BOOK EARLY. It is booked up way in advance. You get the ferry across, which takes, 10/15 minutes. When you arrive you're given a welcome by a park ranger, who explains where everything is etc. the climb up to the prison is... More

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Lebanon, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Alcatraz has always been on my bucket list. We centered our entire San Francisco trip on visiting Alcatraz, and it was so worth it. There is a self guided tour that is really incredible. I would advise you to visit Alcatraz early in the morning. We had tickets for 10:00 which was not bad, however by the time we left... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent - so much history. Tour is informative and very well planned. Once you arrive you get head phones in your choice of language. Follow the instructions to a tee - you don't want to miss a thing.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Well worth the price. I would definitely recommend this tour. The ferry takes you over and you are then able to take the audio tour. It's a really fascinating place to walk around. We went with our young children and they also thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Shefford, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I pre-booked our day time tour of Alcatraz a few months before our visit. I was hoping to book a night tour but sadly they were all sold out - get in quick if you fancy that. Overall the tour was so informative and well organised. We spent pretty much the whole afternoon wondering about the island and taking the... More

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Painesville, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Part of our week in San Francisco, great views on the boat ride there & back. Many things to see & hear about while there, worth the trip...will not moan about hotel rooms again !

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We booked the audio walk tour, which is great. Very informative and easy to follow walking in the footsteps of all those infamous convicts; this gives you a small insight into how they lived and listening to the voices of ex convicts is quite eerie. Areas of the prison are not accessible to the public because of renovation works, which... More

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