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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed yesterday

We pre-booked tickets online direct with Alcatraz Cruises official site well in advance and confirmed times closer to our visit. The staff at pier 33 were very helpful. We were fortunate enough to have a beautiful day so the cruise across to the island was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sharon I
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An absolute must if you are in San Francisco, turn up at pier 33 at your designated time and get straight on the boat, very minimal queuing if you have pre booked! A short boat ride across the bay & you’re there! We did a...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Thomase77
Reviewed yesterday

This was the second time that we visited and it seems that the recorder that they give you had changed from the last time we were there. It was very interesting to here of the different stories of things that happened and of a few...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Douglas E
Reviewed yesterday

Had prebooked tickets via Trail finders who put our itinerary to California together.Some confusion here we asked trail finders about the tickets and the response was go down to the jetty and pick up a boat which goes across.They were wrong our tickets were through...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank nffc1992
Reviewed yesterday

The audio tour, of course is fantastic. It is told by ex-prison guards and ex-prisoners. There are fantastic anecdotes about escapes, the battle of alcatraz, the history before, during and after Alcatraz being a prison. I would also recommend spending the dollar each on the...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Joshua B
Reviewed yesterday

Did the excursion over to Alcatraz. Very interesting and informative. Very steep walk up but a trolley is provided for those with mobility or health issues.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Travelforever60
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took a behind the scenes tour and it was the best. We completed a tour of the island a few years ago and behind the scenes was worth the extra money. Excellent tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge from the island. Ferry service also good. What let’s this place down is the audio tour. While very interesting, it is linear instead of you getting to pick and choose what you want to hear so...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Day 3 of our 4 day San Antonio to Los Angeles and San Francisco weekend getaway. The 1 hour combined, and very cheap boat ride underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and nicely narrated cruise past the Rock, was the capstone of the trip. Wish I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LITTLEJOHNDOE7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We thought the tour was great with the audio tour. It really made you feel like you were a prisoner there. It was very well organized. The views were amazing! It was really nice to read and learn the history of it. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: November 2019
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dawn2922016
November 12, 2019|
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Response from itsnotaboutthemoney | Reviewed this property |
It’s all inclusive if you mean the ferry across to the island. We thought it reasonable value, just make sure you book in plenty of time as I believe they can sell out. Choose the best time to suit your party so you can fit... More
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BertandFlo
November 3, 2019|
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Response from LondonNewlyweds-2007 | Reviewed this property |
We used Alcatraz cruises which are the official site
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hopton7
October 20, 2019|
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Response from AlcatrazCruises | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. There are currently food & beverage options available on the ferry to Alcatraz Island. Once on the Island you are allowed to have food and non-alcoholic beverages with you at the dock of the... More
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