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“A definite highlight”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

The lines to get on the boat look to be long, but the staff does a great job getting us boarded. Not sure why I'm seeing prices above $100, when the Park Service doesn't charge anywhere near that. The boat ride itself was worth the price of admission. Look back at the city and see the road with Harry Callahan's car-chase scene, well you can imagine anyway. SF is very beautiful from the water. Alcatraz itself was good exercise (up hill walk to get to cell block) and very interesting. The staff hands out audio sets with tour in many languages - the route is a bit confusing and you need to move along - my pause button didn't work well. We didn't have time to tour the whole island, but I'd go again just to walk around. Not sure that very young kids (like less than 8 yo) would like this. There's a tram for people that can't walk well.

Thank WRC27888
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Chilling and very interesting! Definitely book tickets in advance.

Tour groups, audio guides and self guided tour maps available on the island

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Definitely a big bucket list item checked! Recommend booking well in advance ..we only did ha a tour company a few weeks before do was a little expensive. From stepping on the boat to dowry an rely Jayne experience. The your guides and the audio tour see very good. Our children are young ( 9 & 4) but they both enjoyed it. Such an experience and really feels like a journey. Awesome.

Thank mel_6129
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Great day out. Take the tour with one of the park rangers....lots of information & history of the island. A definite must-see when in San Francisco. .

Thank Jo H
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had been to San Francisco many times and not done Alcatraz, so this time it was on the list. I had heard about booking in advance, and we booked two days ahead. Thank goodness we did, as when we arrived at the pier, there were no tickets available for the next week ahead.

It was fascinating to explore and the ranger's talks were well worth doing to supplement the self-guided tour. One of the them spoke on the escape of 1963, which was the basis of the movie "escape from Alcatraz".

We could have stayed longer but had so much more to do in the city.

Thank Leesw8
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