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Alcatraz

Address: Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
Phone Number: 415-981-7625
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Alcatraz and Hills of San Francisco Segway Tour
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Ranked #3 of 318 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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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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Ascot
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Having been to the prison on Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson Mandela was held we almost gave this a miss, with only one person giving the trip consideration but what a surprise.... The headsets were issued and the history unfolded, brilliantly presented, totally captivating, and we were drawn in to the era and it was like we were... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Thought even though this was a National Park Unit it would be a tourist trap but not so. The temporary art exhibit was neat and I am not an art fan. Audio Tour was very well done. We only budgeted three hours for this and it was not enough. Great View of surrounding area.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I visited Alcatraz for their night tour recently, despite the fact that I grew up in the SF Bay Area. I am so glad I did! The tour was fantastic, and all of the tour guides on the island seemed to genuinely love their jobs. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Alcatraz. Visiting Alcatraz at night gave it... More

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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The Alcatraz trip was amazing. On arrival at the island you get an audio headset which you use for your own audio tour. The tour was really good, being able to pause whenever you want without holding anyone up. A must see when in San Francisco.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Alcatraz. The mere mention of the name brings up thoughts of notorious criminals in the midst of cold water with nowhere to escape and the only men who managed to break out, never having been heard from again. At least, those were my thoughts before a rather disappointing trip out there. They really need to take any number of hints... More

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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Did the tour on a Monday but there were still so many people. Tour was great. Lots of info and go at your own pace audio allowed you to stop in areas and take extra time of needed. I would go back to the island again for another tour.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Alcatraz is on my bucket list so when my wife and I booked our trip to San Francisco I had to visit Alcatraz and I wasn't disjointed. The audio tour is very well organised the guides and videos are brilliantly put together giving you a wealth of information on the rock. The tour guides were also great giving out information... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is a must see adventure for anyone visiting the San Francisco area. The audio tour is amazing. Hearing the voices of actual guards and prisoners is absolutely mesmerizing. The view of San Francisco from the island is breath taking. Highly recommended!

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Mico, TX
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is a must see while in San Francisco! Pay the extra for the audio tour, it's so worth it! Go early to beat the crowds that are here all year long! You'll love this place, such history and its a beautiful little island to discover!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We were a little worried the Alcatraz tour would be too "touristy" - and it was but it was still great. touring the island and doing the audio tour of the prison were definitely worth it. We wanted to do the night tour but you had to book at least a month in advance. If you're going book the night... More

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