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Address: Pier 33, B201 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone Number: 415 981 7625
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history...

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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Loved the tour - until...

I really enjoyed the boat ride over. I loved the headset guided tour of the prison, it was very interesting. Then I wandered into an exhibit which offended me to no end. I... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoyed the boat ride over. I loved the headset guided tour of the prison, it was very interesting. Then I wandered into an exhibit which offended me to no end. I should have expected this from a liberal "sanctuary city" like San Francisco, but this completely caught me off guard. In this building they had an exhibit which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a must see when in San Francisco. Lived in the Bay area many years but thought this was just a tourist trap. Was I wrong. Very interesting tour to see how the prisoners lived having to look at the beautiful City by the Bay. Take the boat over and you are on your own with a headset to... More 

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Palm City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked this on line via the US Park Dept. Web Site. Recommend doing this early as these tours fill up quickly. The check in location is a short walk from the cruise port. Included in the fare is the tour and boat trip over. Once on the island you are free to roam. There is also a 'movie' about this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must do in San Francisco, booking is essential as it fills up very quickly. Crossing was smooth it takes about 10-20 minutes to get to the island, when you get off the boat a ranger gives a short speach after which you can choose the tour you want. We did the self guided audio tour which gives u a... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose the Behind the Scenes Tour. Best decision ever. We were lucky enough to get Ranger John. He has been at Alcatraz giving tours since 1972. He is an "authority" on Alcatraz Island. We also had tour guide Jason. He was full of information and insight.They both made the tour exciting and informative and enjoyable as it could be.... More 

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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the night tour and it was amazing! I would love to visit again and here more stories of the inmates. Audio tour was actually really cool, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I did. It is narrated by past inmates and guards. The island has a powerful feeling and I would suggest anyone visiting to... More 

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful views of the bay. But the island itself is less interesting than you can expect. Still, a visit to do.

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Thank Andrea S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved it! From beginning to end. The audio tour comes in different languages so that made it easier for us. Also, the audio tour is so vividly that tu actually feel like you were there when it was a prison. Great customer service, good prices.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You probably wouldn't think taking your children to an old shut down prison would be a great family destination but surprisingly it is. I must admit I have always had an interesting in Alcatraz. The history is fascinating to me and my family agreed once we went there. Also it has a great view of the golden gate Bridge and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The rock is an absolute must for any visitor to SF. If you can go when the sea fog rolls in passed the bridge you will get all atmosphere you will ever need.

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