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Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour
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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.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

What a visit. From the ferry ride over let your imagination take you into the past. The audio tour is excellent you move through at your own pace pausing as necessary to soak in the atmosphere. The audio tour is staggered so there are never too many people in your way. The tour is brought to life with real people recounting their stories of working or being incarcerated on the island. You can see the mainland and think it would be easy to escape until you view it form golden gate and see the tides and currents.
The site between May to September has nesting birds so you cannot see all of the island . You may be lucky to see a visiting author who gives you expertise on their subject matter. Souvenirs abound!!! It was a fantastically clear day with the Americas cup sailing around the island who could ask for more !! We'll worth a visit . Book tickets well in advance as this was the second time of trying to visit. On line booking through official Alcatraz site was easy to use but don't forget to print off the actual tickets and not just the receipt. You may require ID too.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Fabulous tour of the Island. The audio headsets included in the tour allow you to explore at your own pace (you can pause it and restart at your leisure).
Great views over the Bay to Goldengate bridge.
I would just advise anyone going this time of year to take a jacket with a hood regardless of the weather - you will not believe the number of flies and when you're waiting to leave and queuing for a ferry, they'll drive you mad.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Don't miss this trip - book a few weeks before or you won't get on. Also use the audio tour, it's included in the price, really interesting and evocative. We booked direct with the official tour company Alcatraz tours, printed the tickets off at home - very simple. The Alcatraz landing is at Pier 33, about 10 mins walk from pier 39

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great tour of the prison. You get to set the pace of the tour yourself. Allowing you to spend more time in the places you'd like. Great narration of the events that occurred their. Awesome views of San Francisco. Bring a camera you're gonna need it!

Thank Angie C
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Well worth the visit we went on a good day it was very warm , its always best to have jacket incase it iscold, the only thing against the trip is the flies but they are only on the boat and island

Thank pcook202
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