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“Unmissable”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
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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.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Unmissable”
Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Do not visit San Francisco without visiting here. We done the night tour and it was superb in every way.
You can book your tickets online and from overseas.
Everyone working there was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Very atmospheric and made the hairs on my neck stand up at times.
Also one of the best gift shops I have ever visited.

Visited November 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Make sure you take the audio tour!”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I've been through some prison tours (really, I like to tour old prisons) and the audio tour for this is outstanding. Definitely take advantage of that, and it's free with the purchase of a ticket. The island and prison are part of the National Park Service, so you know you're in for a good visit. Please schedule ahead, though, as the tours book up fast. The boat ride to Alcatraz Island was well-managed and had a snack bar.

Visited November 2013
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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“Cool to see”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

We did the night tour, which gives you a couple extras when you're there. It was really interesting to see what it was like for the people that were there. The night tour throws in the sound of the cell doors opening and closing, which is pretty cool. You also get to see the city all lit up on the ferry ride back. Highly recommend booking your trip prior to your arrival in San Fran. Tickets were sold out for the entire time we were there. If we hadn't booked prior to arrival, we wouldn't have gotten to do it.

Visited November 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“very interesting - budget a half-day”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

very interesting. the audio tour is very well done and there is lots to see on the small island. at one end of the island there is a photographic exhibit you might miss if you don't search out the building

Visited November 2013
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Philadelphia Area
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“You can't do Frisco without doing Alcatraz”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

You can't go to San Francisco and not do Alcatraz! Wished I had reserved the tickets online earlier to try to do the Night Tour (I reserved a month ahaead for late October tickets), although then we would have missed exterior views and vistas. The audio tour (which is included) is well done - with voices and ambient sounds form the day - it creates a very real experience. This was my second visit and I enjoyed it even more than the first time.

Visited October 2013
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