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Alcatraz Island

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
+1 415-981-7625
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

—The price was great for a tour that included a 20 minute boat ride, headsets, and as many hours exploring the island as you want. —Everything was well organized and wait time was reasonable. —The headset was self paced and easy to use. —The flowers...More

Thank Thesophisticate
Reviewed yesterday

Make sure you book your tickets for the ferry well in advance as they sell out quickly.We went on the 9.30am ferry and it was a good time to get there, not many people and you could get some great photos without heaps of people...More

Thank Vicstix
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My partner and I did the night alcatraz tour whilst in San Francisco. This tour was good. Not only did you get to sail around the whole island, we all got guides around the prison as well. There are some very interesting talks at night...More

Thank Sleepismyfave
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked ahead which is a must. The ride over was smooth. Well organized.The island was beautiful.Not what I expected.A lot if walking wear good shoes. You walk uohil alot.There is a tram if you can't walk that far. Alcohol is served on the ride...More

Thank csscott1023
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Try to catch the earliest tour to avoid congestion and try to get the tickets as earlier as possible prior to your trip as they are sold out most of the time. The ferry ride was fast and on time from both ways. The main...More

Thank Harvi5575
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

DONT MISS OUT ON THIS! Great tour! Definitely a must. Beautiful views! We were lucky enough to have gone on a weekend where we didn’t get to see fog at all! Lucky us! Tour is short but there’s a lot to see, we were on...More

Thank cindy581j
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must. It’s well worth the visit and it’s well run. The boat trip allows you a great perspective of the bay. The audio tour is a must and is extremely well put together

Thank 874adriann
Reviewed yesterday

We’ll organise tour not sure if I would take the extended tour again, after a day of site seeing, as lt can be very training walking San Francisco.

Thank Kelvin R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just brilliant Couldn’t fault the trip the audio tour the timing the boat trip even if I tried Every thing was perfect

Thank KeithG1657
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you go to San Francisco then you should definitely go to Alcatraz on the ferry. This place is very interesting. You can do an audio tour where actual prisoners tell their stories. Very good

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September 25, 2018|
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Response from VenetaLora | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I ultimately used the trip advisor booking for Alcatraz, having spend 30+ min on the phone with customer representative to respond to my request and booking request. Felt a bit strange to deal with customer reprentative... More
September 23, 2018|
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Response from Where_To_Next | Property representative |
Also, Alcatraz Cruises (the operator) reserves tickets for same day purchase. So if you're lucky and don't mind getting up early to wait in line, you can easily pick up tickets.They are sold on a first-come, first-served... More
September 5, 2018|
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Response from SashaRoseNeitz | Reviewed this property |
My assumption would be yes, but not a large one. I honestly would call the parks service to double check. There are strict guidelines on how large of a backpack one can bring. I'm sure there are guidelines for chairs as well. More