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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

Well good experience, got to see a Prison Island similar to Robbin ISland, choice of transprt and a monument

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nyasha G
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely do the audio tour, but make sure the device they give you isn't low on batteries. The whole island and views were magnificently beautiful. The Sounds of the Slammer demonstration was cool. There was an expansive gift shop with a former inmate there autographing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed yesterday

This is more than just a penal island with an infamous past, although this is it's main attraction obviously. A fascinating experience visiting this beautiful little island in San Francisco Bay.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank girlsonwalks
Reviewed yesterday

A great place to visit. The audio tour is narrated by former guards AND inmates. It is a real experience to visit here.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Floyd G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really interesting afternoon. You need to book a seat on the boat in advance. It's a short boat ride and then once your on the island you can basically explore on your own. Get the headphone guide and follow throughout the prison. WOW, very well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NJSteven
Reviewed 2 days ago

It could be a must but I think that it is more noise than the real thing, and didn't worth investing almost a whole day on this trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank paulinaln73
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First warning... Book in advance. We went 17th and they were full until the 21st so walk ins not going to happen.... the initial queuing bit of a chore but nice cafe and toilet facilities. Ferry ride about 15 or so minutes then you disembark...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank IanFursie358
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really interesting and could’ve spent more than the 4 hours we were there. So much so we would re-visit if we make it back to San Francisco.The tour guide made the visit all the more “real” and gave so much personal information on -not only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JardinesFan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth the trip but book early. They sell out so don't expect to get a ticket if you have not booked ahead. There is quite a bit of walking but you can go at your own pace. The audio tour was perfect. Take some extra...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Shelia G
Reviewed 2 days ago

I remember going to Alcatraz as a kid, but as an adult I had dismissed it for years as just another tourist attraction. In reality, this place kind of rocks. History, natural beauty, and great views of the city. The rangers in the park are...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Vivian D
February 16, 2019|
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Response from SoftBanana | Reviewed this property |
Take the BART train until your reach embarcadero, then walk to the Ship terminal and walk down the bay front until your reach the pier that you leave from to go to the island.
February 10, 2019|
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Response from H H | Reviewed this property |
No there is not a public ferry As it is federal property so the only ferry is the one for Alcatraz cruises
February 9, 2019|
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Response from nktkothari | Reviewed this property |
Book when you go there as the price is same but book online to save some dollars and it is better do just book a week advance if there is some urgent change in plan you will loose your money bye take care