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Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
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Ranked #4 of 373 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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Jefferson, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Get tickets for the ferry as soon as you book your trip to SF. They sell out well in advance. Keep checking the website for tickets because sometimes people cancel and tickets pop up unexpectedly. This happened for us within a period of 30 minutes online. Take a jacket, water bottles and snacks. No food is sold on the island.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Book your trip in advance. The tour company has a monopoly and if you don't pre-book they tell people to queue from 6am for tickets you may or may not get that they begin handing out at 7.30 - what a ridiculous process. The queue was really lengthy and it was freezing cold. But seeing the island was definetly worth... More

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of queueing to get onto the boat but once on 'The Rock' we collected our headsets for our own personal guide we were able to go at our own pace. Guide was really good and included interviews with ex prisoners and prison officers, which personalised it and made it more interesting. Book in advance as the tickets go quickly... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Travelled to the USA this week. Following the advice of many blogs and posts we decided to book a tour to the island giving 72 hours notice. On arrival we were fronted with a sign that stated next available tour 18th of August 2014. Please take note that future visitors expecting to attend this attraction need to book well in... More

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Boston, MA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

First off, book your tickets early. Like a month or more early. We booked ours three weeks out and had the choice of one boat over a week's period. We bought those tickets and it was well worth it. The audio tour is really interesting. My eight-year-old daughter long ago declared she hates audio tours, and yet she was glued... More

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Rochester, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I loved Alcatraz! We took the last tour of the night and really enjoyed it. We were able to see what it looked like during the day and at night. It was kind of creepy at night but well worth the visit. The Rangers were great and answered any questions you may have. They even explained that they are in... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did the night tour of Alcatraz on what was a beautiful evening in San Fran. The tour was well done with audio guides narrated by one of the former guards and other guides fielding questions and talking about specific inmates at certain junctures. When I stood in the cells and the isolation cell it was pretty freaky to be... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was my second time visiting Alcatraz and I enjoyed it once again. I took my daughters this time, as they were not able to go the first time I went and they found it to be just as I had described. The ferry worked well, it was punctual and everyone involved was pleasant. We had actually missed our originally... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We loved the tour to Alcatraz. A short boat ride, and a great informative audio tour which you can do at your own pace. Lots of new things learnt and would recommend for anyone visiting San Francisco. You also get great views of the bridge from the boat and good picture opportunities of the City also.

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Barrie, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I have been twice now and will be doing the night tour next week. As you pull up to Alcatraz Island you start to feel how cold this place is. If you are a film buff and have seen the films with Alcatraz this is a must see. It is a self guided tour where you have headphones on with... More

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