We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Atmospheric” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike Tour
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Co. Durham, England
Level Contributor
78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Nice boat ride across - very atmospheric inside with walking commentary by jailors and jailed via headphones. Very busy when we visited, the next two days visits were full - if you want to visit think ahead.

Visited October 2012
Thank toesrus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

38,797 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were very impressed with our visit to Alcatraz. We booked our tour in advance, which is a must if you want to pick the time you go. Dress in layers as it can be a little cold on the island and plan on a minimum of 3 hour visit to really capture all of the sites. The audio tour was fascinating, including sounds from the prison as if you were really there back then. Wear good walking shoes as there is a lot of uphill walking and stairs. Definitely bring a camera for the view of San Francisco and the sites on the island. Parking is very expensive right across the street but if you go one street behind that, it was only $12 for the day in a parking garage with a short walk. Make sure you eat before you go to the island as there is only water (bottled and drinking fountain) on the island.

Visited November 2012
Thank WisconsinLor
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
139 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very informative and enjoyable! Found the view from Alcatraz of San Francisco fabulous! You could view the whole skyline from the island.

Visited July 2012
Thank CoriCarrotte
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not a lot to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

I suppose Alcatraz is one of those places you should visit when in San Francisco, but in my opinion, there's not a great deal to see there. The free audio tour of the cell block is pretty good, but a bit long. This isn't really a problem, because you can fast forward it if you wish. Apart from the cell block, the rest of the island is made up of ruins of old buildings that are much the same. Don't get me wrong, if you are in San Francisco, I think you should visit Alcatraz, but don't have big expectations, and don't forget to book your ticket in advance because you won't get one just by turning up on the day.

Visited October 2012
Thank Huffinator
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A "Must See" if visiting San Francisco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Everything was excellent from the ticketing process to the Ferry ride, to the tour of the island. It's amazing that such a small island can hold such a huge amount of history from our not so distant past. It was busy but not awfully crowded. The self guided tours kept everyone moving from one location to the next with tidbits of history at each location. And best of all, the gardens were open so we were able to take a walk around and check out the fantastic landscape of the island and watch the garden volunteers at work. The view of the city and Golden Gate cannot be beat.
We felt that the price was very reasonable for such a lovely morning full of history.

Visited November 2012
Thank Linda J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Alcatraz Island also viewed

San Francisco, CA

Been to Alcatraz Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing