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“Educational & Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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$201.75*
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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.
Cypress, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Educational & Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Didn't want to go at first, but I'm so happy that I went. Great audio tour and exercise too! Support the National Parks by buying some souvenirs too. I now want to go on the night tour.

Visited January 2013
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DeKalb, IL
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“Alcatraz - a Blast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is what you expect it to be. Dark, dreary and cold. And men lived with it for years. The threat of the Rock would make most bad men turn into altar boys.

Visited January 2013
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Dallas
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“Aging, yet interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I found the audio tour of Alcatraz to be one of the better audio tours I have experienced. The course it guided you on was not linear, but branched to cover the area in a different order between headsets. Going to Alcatraz was a good experience, despite the cold weather. I was a bit surprised by the overall degradation of the facilities on the island, but suppose it is mostly kept up for tourism.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great night tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is definitely an attraction you can't miss whilst in San Francisco. We booked tickets online from their website prior to our arrival and picked them up at the kiosk at Pier 35 with no hassles. We left Pier 35 at about 4.30pm. The captain gave a great introduction to the island during the ferry ride. The Alcatraz tour was delivered excellently; the tour guides spoke loudly and clearly despite the large group of people. The mandatory audio tour is excellent and very easy to follow, not to mention it gives you a great insight into the history of the prison and its inmates. The views of San Francisco bay are absolutely stunning and my only regret is that I didn't have a tripod to capture the lights!

We wanted to participate in one of the mini tours but didn't know its location nor did we know where to find the information, so that was probably the only downside. Otherwise, this tour is definitely a must.

Visited January 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Worth visiting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Don't think this is one of San Francisco tourist traps. It's worth your time to visit. Of course it's even better to go not so foggy day...

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