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“Good tour” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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$200.00*
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Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike 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.
Shelby Township, Michigan
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“Good tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

My husband was more enthusiastic to go on this tour than I was, however, I thought it was very well done and includes a boat trip as well. We did book iwell n advance which was essential or we would not have gotten in. The boat to the island provdes views of the city and the bay. The tour itself was well coordinated and informative. It was enlightening for its time and sobering to think about. Both of us thought it would have been helpful or interesting to contrast policies of Alcatraz with current prison policies in high security prisons. The fact that excapes occurred is still hard to believe. For the price, it is a good value. Be prepared for the wind.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Twilight tour- Great but a little rushed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Extremely well worth the visit. Well organised from start to finish but we were a little rushed and not given enough time to see everything at our leisure. Audio commentary was excellent, you really felt like you were experiencing the atmosphere in jail. Staff started packing up/cleaning areas which put added pressure on us to rush through the various points, towards the end of the tour.

Visited September 2012
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Richmond, VA
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“A San Francisco must see !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

First suggestion - take a jacket 'cause it gets cold on the ferry ride! Worth the chill, though - an interesting piece of history and just enough creepy factor. We did both the self guided audio tour and the free one hour docent tour ( 80 year old Bob's energy put this 55 year to shame...). We did an early morning tour, and although the fog obscured the city and GG views, we could imagine what an inmate felt as " the rock" came into view during the ride to prison. Bring your walking shoes, and enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“An Amazing Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

We went on the evening tour of Alcatraz and im so glad we did! Going in the evening made it far more atmospheric. You were given an audio tour to use however i found just walking round and taking everything in was just as interesting. The sounds of the slammer was really interesting and made the place come to life as they began opening and closing the cell doors. Luckily we were there when they opened up the old hospital wing which proved to be the best part of the tour! Many of the rooms were only lit by a camping lantern so it was really spooky! I would recommend the Alcatraz trip for sure!

Visited September 2012
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“A must.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Didn't go to Alcatraz this time but have been twice before. What an experience, I think it should be one of the top places to visit. Very informative audio tour gives you a real feel of how things were. Try to visit when it's not too crowded though. But then again it's nearly always busy ..

Visited September 2012
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