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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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Ranked #2 of 329 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Lighthouses, Natural History Museums, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling...
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Lighthouses, Natural History Museums, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour
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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Madison, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful tour but you must book ahead. There were several people trying to book while we waited for the ferry that were turned away because they were sold out. Our trip was part of a package combined with a city tour that we had booked that about a month in advance. The day we visited was cold, windy and damp... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We visited here on a night tour which was amazing. The history behind the island is so much more than a prison and it was great to see and experience it. We also visited at the time the Ai Weiwei exhibit was on which was very moving. The tour was great however I think we were on the Island maybe... More 

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Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We bought our tickets online a couple days in advance because the weekend was sold out. The ferry ride over was foggy and quiet...kinda eerie but fun! Alcatraz slowly came into view, all misty and alluring. The free headphone tour was wonderful...excellent job with great voices and sound effects! As the day unfolded the sun came out, the fog dispersed... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A must see at San Francisco, but make sure you book in advance to ensure you secure a spot on the ferry.

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New York
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I have been in San Francisco so many times when Alcatraz was not open, so was delighted to have the opportunity to tour on this visit. We walked 4 miles all together, but I learned so much about this former federal prison and its inhabitants. Also so lucky to come during the Ai WeiWei exhibitions!

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Rehovot, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Haven't ever been to Alcatraz before. Now I can say I've been there. Lots of steep uphill walking. Audio guided tour was interesting

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Took the night tour. Kind of creepy, but fun. I have been there during the day and it was so much more crowded. Just remember to book your tickets in advance

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was obviously a highly recommended stop while in San Francisco so we gave it a shot. Very touristy as expected, but I love that they give you choices once you're on the island. You can stay and have a guided tour, go off on your own, or take the audio tour (highly recommended). The ferry ride to the island... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Take a longer trip and visit also Angel Island. The views are amazing. Take your time and listen the audio guide carefully, a lot of great stories.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You go by boat from San Francisco to Alcatraz. This famous old jail is now a museum. You can feel the sadness of the atmosphere.

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