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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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East Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The history , the stories , this is so worth an entire day to explore and discover - the views from the boat as you approach the island are just awesome

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Audio tour was nicely done & very informative. Make sure you book your tickets in advance. Nice views of San Francisco.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Taking the audio tour certainly brought the place to life. This tour gave us some terrific insight into life on Alcatraz.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Having seen a number of films with Alcatraz in, we were very keen to go. However, it books up very fast. We booked our holiday last minute and sadly it had fully sold out. I emailed to ask if they did any on the day tickets and was told no. However, THEY DO! If you are happy to go an... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We were in SF for 5 nights and this trip was by far the best thing we did whilst we in town. Definitely book this on line and well in advance, if you turn up on the day you will find that it's booked solid for about a week. They always hold back about 100 tickets per day for people... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I love American history, so it came as no surprise that I loved the self guided tour. My girlfriend on the other hand is bored easily by such tours. We both loved the boat ride to and from the island and the views that it offered of the bay and the city. Surprisingly, she also loved the tour. Alcatraz is... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Great tour, audio is good but it does rush you around a bit. The boat trip to the island is good but you do need to book a few weeks in advance. 2 -3 hours is sufficient on the island.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We pre-booked a trip, however you can just get tickets at Pier 33 Bay Street, Embarcadero, though you may have to queue. The whole experience was brilliant. The ferry boats are large and comfortable. We took the audio tour which was informative and very realistic. There is quite a steep walk to the actual prison, though you can wait for... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We booked tickets as soon as they came on sale (90 days in advance) as we'd been recommended the night tour, were only in the city a few days and had been warned how quickly they sell out. We booked for the first night tour but then got the last boat back giving us the longest time on the island.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We used Alcatraz Cruises to go to the very interesting and eery Alcatraz. It was fantastic - the regular talks are worth listening to as you learn about some of the previous inmates. The audio tour was brilliant and well worth your time. We purchased our tickets 2 months in advance to secure tickets. Tickets generally sell out 2-3 weeks... More

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