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“ALCATRAZ VISIT”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat 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 April 30, 2014

The boat ride to Alcatraz was smooth and about 10 mins. short wait at dock. Had a speaker give everyone a warm welcome with some backround of prison and most of all where the bathrooms were. we went to a short movie explaining the history of the prison etc. very informative. then we headed for the free ear phone voice system that explained every part of the prison. very good. you will enjoy this visit. some walking but if you can't walk they had a tram to take you around. well worth the money. took many photos. don't miss this part of history.

Thank Betty B
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Get the boat from Pier 39. The prison has an interesting history - prison and occupation. The cells are very small. The big question is whether a couple of convicts may have swum to San Francisco. The boat trips also gives you a good view of the city.

Thank Chris D
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

We did the day time tour and had a great time exploring this old prison. This is a must if you are visiting San Francisco

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Reviewed April 30, 2014

Book in advance for this tour, but highly recommended. You can take guided tour or self guided tour which we did in our own time. It is an amazing place, thought provoking, specially the solitary confinement section, must have been cold in winter too, the wind whistling down the corridors. The prisoners seemed to be well fed despite everything, and frustrating for them to look across to San Francisco hearing voices travelling across the water. Be sure to go early in morning as it gets busy later on. The souvenir shop is interesting and well stocked. But be sure to take a wind proof jacket and walking shoes, the path is quite steep and it gets cold both inside and outside. Highly recommended

Thank tugflorida
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

If ever in san Francisco be sure to visit this tourist spot. best to book your ticket online a few days before you go so you are guaranteed getting there...difficult to buy on the day of, as its sold out. a fantastic tourist spot...one of the best i have been to. honestly i didn't know much of its history being young when i travelled, but it was an education. A great audio tour as you walk and it runs at a good pace, not allowing for congestion in parts of the attraction that you would get at other attractions. Well maintained to how it was in those days, lots of interesting stories of the criminals and their escape plans. great views of the bay from here. friendly staff, ferry over to it was great. good tourist shop. i can't remember what i paid on entry in 2008, but it was worth it.

Thank Charlene D
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