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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 375 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I've done the night tour (just to set up the mood...lol), and it was amazing! The audio tour explained lots of stories that took place in that island and you can feel like you're part of it. They have the audio tour avaliable is several languages, which is a very nice bonus to tourists. Just be sure to buy it... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

A sad, atmospheric sort of place, very well worth visiting but not exactly cheery. We enjoyed the audio tour which is easy to follow and most informative. Try to go early in the day, there is such a lot to see!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend this tour. It's a lot of fun if you enjoy historical tours. It's not overly long and keeps you interested. While you can spend more time on the island, if you do just the tour it's probably about 2-3 hours total including travel on the boat and depending how much time you linger. BOOK WAY IN... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We did the night tour and loved it. The audio tour is informative and interesting without being boring. The views back across the bay are incredible as well.

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Malmo, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The guided tour was perfect, a lot of info and interesting person galleries. You could almost feel how it was. The only disadvange was the queue to get there by boat, but I Think the system is better now.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Loved our Alcatraz tour - even just with an audio tour it was very informative and brought to life by the sounds of ex-prison guards and inmates. Shame the building is being weathered by the elements but almost added to the effect. Did think it was a bit strange to have an ex-prisoner promoting his book about life there in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

i had already seen my hometown maximum security prison so it wasnt any different if you hadnt been to a prison tour, excellent views and experience

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

What an amazing experience! 20 minute cruise from the mainland and you are on The Rock. The audio guide gives a chilling picture of life as a prisoner. Check out the dining room!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had an amazing time. A former inmate was there doing signing of his books as well! We did the day tour and as a result were able to get great photos. Do the cell block tour - it is so informative!

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fort worth
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I think I was expecting a bit more when I went to Alcatraz. It was definitely interesting but a lot of the areas were closed off so it seemed a bit smaller than I thought it would be. The walking tour is a must when you go, very informative. The views of the city and Golden Gate Bride are great... More

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