Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
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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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Geenza
Sedalia, MO863 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is one of those things that…even though people tell you that ‘you don’t want to do that’, you probably will still want to. That defined both my hubby and me. The island is one of those places that you can plan for 2 hours or four hours. It’s all in how much you want to explore. We left at 10 and caught then caught the 11:30 back to Pier 33.

You have quite the little hike UP a ramped hill to get to the top and your audio tour item. NOTE ON THAT… you can download the audio app by scanning a QR code provided on the ferry. Bring your earbuds, as well. Anyhoo… it definitely was interesting to see the different types of cells and to hear some of the stories.

Glad we did it… that is checked off on our bucket list, but it wasn’t THAT incredible.
Written 6 October 2022
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Tom B
Upper Saint Clair, PA7 contributions
Sep 2022
Must see if you are in San Francisco. Nice boat ride there and back. Self-guided tour with audio device was just the right amount of information at the right pace. Remarkable place and landmark.
Written 6 October 2022
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Rużana C
2 contributions
Aug 2022
Great experience. You can read and learn about lots of things. You can walk almost everywere and see how the prisoners lived there. Before you visit this place I recommend watching the film „ Escape from Alcatraz” (1979). How to get there? The best option is to buy an online tickets because there are limited places.
Written 6 October 2022
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Jeff N
Centreville, VA65 contributions
Sep 2022
The sound for the overview tour was marginal at best. Too often, other staff came by in noisy vehicles and the tour guide did not pause for the noise to pass. I feel I missed some important points.
Written 4 October 2022
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,045 contributions
Sep 2022
This was my third trip to the Island over many years. The ferry terminal is always crowded but - due to the required pre-booking - it’s always fairly organised. It’s a short ferry ride across. The highlight for me is the cell block tour. I always do the audio tour but sometimes you can hear a ranger tour as you pass - always interesting.
Well worth a visit
Written 1 October 2022
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WayneTech
Mississauga, Canada269 contributions
Jun 2022
Definitely worth visiting - it was very interesting, and we were lucky to be given a tour by an older gentleman who has been doing these tours for years and has also had an opportunity to talk to several former inmates at Alcatraz - his stories alone were well worth the price you pay for this trip. I'd highly recommend this to everyone.
Written 30 September 2022
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Ricky C
84 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Was really looking forward to a guided tour but the booking was just an audio tour. The tour could have included more historical and/or interesting stories of the famous inmates and escape attempts. Really missing a trick.
Written 30 September 2022
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Dylan Adkinson
Gilmer, TX31 contributions
Aug 2022
Was a great experience! Definitely would recommend to get on the first tour time as the island gets more crowed as the day goes on.
Written 29 September 2022
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Sue S
London, UK41 contributions
Sep 2022
Great trip over to Alcatraz. On arrival the smell hits you, but dont let this put you off. So much history to see and to read about. The staff are very informative and happy to answer questions. Highly recommend.
Written 29 September 2022
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Sarah L
London, UK2,577 contributions
Jul 2022
Alcatraz is a real adventure. From venturing on to the ferry at Fisherman's Wharf, you feel tidal waves of history hitting you from all angles. You're not allowed to eat or drink except on the docking bay. Also, if you have mobility issues, there is a little buggy that transports you round but this isn't a regular service and prioritises people based on need. For everyone else, it's a steady uphill climb to collect your audio guides. The tour is very organised so you get to see everything on the route from the kitchens to the cells.
Written 28 September 2022
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