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“Nice Tour but Very Crowded”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway 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.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Nice Tour but Very Crowded”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We chose the night tour based on reviews and we're glad we did. The only problem we saw with the night tour is that it was very crowded! Even the tour guide made a statement about it being a large crowd. The crowd did make it hard to move around within the prison and created some long lines to get on and off the boat. Otherwise, the tour is very neat. The self-guided audio tour allows you to complete the tour at your own pace. The audio tour lasts only 45 minutes but you are on the island for 2.5 hours, which is really too long. It would be nice if they offered multiple departure times. It is a very cool and windy ride to the island if you sit outside. The majority of people sat inside for the ride back to the pier. The time and money is worth the tour to see such incredible history.

Visited February 2012
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Methuen, Massachusetts
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“Visit Alcatraz if nothing else, buy tix well in advance”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Worth every penny. Well organized, short ferry trip to island perhaps 15 minutes. Get an early ferry so you can stay on the island as long as you like and not feel rushed, you can take any ferry back to the dock. Two hours is not enough you should plan for 3 hours or more if you can.

Visited February 2012
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Shelburne, Vermont
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“Films cannot give you the sense of how life was on the "Rock"”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

I've been to San Francisco many times over the last 4 decades and never thought it would be worthwhile to take the boat trip to see it in person. Wow, was I wrong! It's a short boat comfortable trip, but reservations are almost always needed.
You can go inside the cells, solitary areas, library, dining hall, admin and warden's office and imagine how it must have been. Especially chilling are the tales of attempted escapes. The self guided audio tour is outstanding. You can spend as much or little time on the island as you want. The views of San Francisco skyline from Alcatraz are awesome.

Visited February 2012
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Hamilton, Canada
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“The mystery has been seen 1st hand”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

First the boat ride to the island. Get off and head toward the entrance where 2 speakers tell you about some of the history and safety guidlines during the tour. You went inside and received your headset and electronic tour guide. The tour was fabulous, informative, and with surprising information. This is a must see for all visitors to the area..

Visited February 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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“A Great Experience!”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

The business and the park have the tours down to a science. The introduction off the boat is super easy and the free audio tours really help to enhance the experience. Unfortunately your exploration of the site is limited by many roped-off areas.

Visited February 2012
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