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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I write this review the day after my tour, and I must tell you all Alcatraz is not as you imagine..... We all will have an idea from the movies we have watched and the books we have read what it's like, but the reality of the real thing is much better, I could not believe how well (back in... More

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rome
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The organuization is perfect, they have several cruises during the day, the audioguide was available also in italian and very well done, the tour was not too long and interesting, the view of San Francisco bay from the island worths the trip itself and it is not expensive at all.

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Iver Heath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We made the usual mistake 2 years ago on just thinking we could turn up and buy tickets but no way they were sold out. This time we bought tickets a couple of months in advance online from the UK. It was worth the trip, the audio tour was excellent. We took the 2.10 p.m. cruise which was quite windy... More

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Wickford, Essex
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Alcatraz is a must! To go all that way and not visit Alcatraz is a crime, we did the evening tour to get the most atmosphere. The tour is very realistic with stories from inmates and officers.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Outstanding way to spend a morning, yet beware of the wait to get on a ferry. We weren't able to get on our scheduled 10am ferry , but did get on the 10:30 (and the staff were nice about it.) Once on the ferry it was flawless - the (free) audio tour is a must and the scheduled story telling... More

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leeds
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Wonderful experience and opportunity to take the boat trip to the famous Island of Alcatraz... A great self guided tour using head phones to take a trip back in time and tour around this amazing place. Some of the original fixtures and fittings are still there so you can get a true feeling of what life must have been like... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This place is a must to do when your in San Fransico. Lots of history to be told by this place. Make sure you book your tickets in advance as it gets sold out fast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

An obvious much see if you're in San Fran. BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD. We waited till the last minute thinking we'd have no issues but they were completely sold out so we ended up having to buy them off Craig's list for over double the price. Interesting experience great way to spend a couple hours and see something unlike anything... More

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Sacramento, CA
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The Parks service did a wonderful job on getting people on and off the Island and moving them through some intense history with a spectacular view of the city. It is a pretty steep hike up the rock. Probably a good way to wear out kids and teach them about the legal system.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Got there to be told by not so friendly ticket office lady that they were sold out for 2 months! Tried to get additional information from her but she wasn't interested in talking!

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