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“You won't Get Bored!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alcatraz

Alcatraz
Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415-981-7625
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Ranked #2 of 317 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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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.
California
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“You won't Get Bored!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I just visited the Rock and it was surprisingly great. My opinion is based on a early trip back 7 years ago. They have made significant improvements to the tour. The audio tour use to be an extra cost, presently it is included in the price of admission. I have been to other attractions in different parts of the word in which you have to buy the audio tour or guide and withing 20 minutes or less you are just bored or cannot understand how to electronic gadget, they do not compare to the audio tour at Alcatraz. One the main reasons the audio tour makes it so interesting it tells you step by step where to go as you tour the main jail where inmates use to spend most of time during the day night. Everything has been label with artifacts, pictures and props to accentuate the accuracy of events. As you walk through the galleries at Alcatraz the narrator utilizes voices and recordings of different inmates and correctional officers who used to work at Alcatraz who are describing in detail events that occurred while they were stationed at Alcatraz. If this was not enough the sound effects of explosions, people screaming and yelling at each other brings Alcatraz alive. The total experience makes you feel like you are there watching all of theses major events unfold right there in front of your eyes.
They also have a theater where you can watch an informational m ovie, about 20 minutes, describing the history of Alcatraz. Throughout the day they have a park and recreation officer give a recount of one of most famous escapes from Alcatraz. Three inmates who built a raft using raincoats. To this day they have not been found, and these officer will give you the evidence and investigation results from the FBI and th U.S. Marshall Office.
I arrived with my spouse, daughter, and grandchild around 11 in the morning and left around 4 in the afternoon. It was a great experience that everyone should explore.

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“Well done tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

This is tour is very well planned. Visitors are bound to have a good experience. The boarding process to the ferry is orderly and quick. People who help you on the boat are very pleasant. The rangers who great you on the island are friendly and informative. The audio tour inside the jail is extremely well done and with lots of sound effects brings the experience of being incarcerated there to life. It's creepy--the cells, the dining room, the exercise yard, when you let yourself think about it, but otherwise it's fascinating, and the island itself is worth exploring.

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“Serving Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

What a lovely place.... After you get over the fact of what it was. Even in December the sun-shines. Interesting to actually see and explore the prison cells. Don't miss it.

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“THE ROCK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

What a fascinating place . Just simply an amazing piece of history . Highly recommend a trip to Alcatraz words don't describe how good this tour really is go and see for yourself

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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

A must do when in San Francisco - the audio tour is brilliant and take you back to when this was a prison - I would recommend that you purchase tickets before you arrive and I have heard of people arriving and there are no tickets left for the days they wish to go!

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