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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.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-981-7625
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We visited in October and following a recommendation did the audio tour which explained all about the prison. First audio tour I’ve done and it worked really well. We did the earliest time (08:45) and were at the dock 30 minutes early.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank lambnmint
Reviewed today

Very expensive to walk around an old prison. Takes a boat ride and a commentary to separate you from your money. Do not bother.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kevin D
Reviewed yesterday

We did the night tour, which was wonderful! The tours are self guided with audio provided so that you don't miss a thing! This was not my first visit to the Rock and every time I seem to learn more about it's history and it's...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank MsWendyT
Reviewed yesterday

Great historical place, well organised. Speaking tours as well as audio tour. Audio tour was very well done, informative, and well paced. Great day out - Ferry ride was quick and efficient.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank narellev8
Reviewed yesterday

My daughter, grandchildren and I visited Alcatraz yesterday. The Park Service does a great job organizing the hundreds of people waiting to tour the facility. We arrived early to get breakfast at the Cafe next door. We enjoyed the boat ride over and the enrichment...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank amw3102
Reviewed yesterday

We have traveled to San Francisco many times and had never done an Alcatraz tour. Finally did it and were so glad we did. The experience was fantastic and the self guided audio tour was super informative. We saw people not using the audio tour...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MCH65
Reviewed yesterday

We booked a reservation for the basic audio tour. It is wonderfully organized. The voices of real guards and former inmates are part of the tour. Their stories and sound effects are fascinating. Booking can be difficult - so persist!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank planetjane2018
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed the ferry ride and audio tour of Alcatraz Island. The audio tour was surprisingly well put together and a pretty good value as well

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Larry G
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I enjoyed the tour. It was awesome being able to stay as long as you wanted and the price was great. Would highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Molly C
Reviewed yesterday

Our family of four all enjoyed this tour of Alcatraz very much! The fact that the audio tour is narrated by actual inmates and correctional officers who experienced "The Rock" firsthand was intriguing. We have two teenagers and both were engaged and interested! The views...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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10 October 2019|
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Response from mackemnortheast | Reviewed this property |
yes there is a box stand there on pier 39.the right place to ask i don't know sorry,if your there for a few days go the the day before to ask.
6 October 2019|
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Response from 981warrens | Reviewed this property |
It doesnt cost anything , but is designed for elderly or infirmed people unable to walk.
4 October 2019|
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Response from TomFiona | Reviewed this property |
When you check in for the city you will get your time for the Alcatraz tour. It runs very smoothly....enjoy the tour.