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“Night tour is unreal”
Review of Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito 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.
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“Night tour is unreal”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

The night tour of this awesome place is fabulous, especially if you want to do something a little scary. The park rangers are friendly and wait for you to ask a question. You are given head phones for a truly personal expierence. Its very creepy. The history is mind boggling. I loved it

Visited February 2012
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Bogota, Colombia
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“Plan ahead to mot miss this national landmark...”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Make reservations because tickets sell out, specially on holiday weekends...and set aside 3 to 4 hours for the visit. It is a self-guided tour with headphones and allows you to move at your pace and there is a lot to see, it is very interesting and a great learning expeience. Beautiful picture ops of the SF skyline and GG bridge...LOVED San Fran!!!

Visited February 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Very very interesting”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We went on a hot day and if you do, make sure you take water and a sunhat or umbrella as the queue onto the boat to and from the island was long. We found the audio very helpful when inside the prison and made it seem more real and kept the people moving along nicely. As you aren't allowed to eat on the island make sure you have something first but don't rely on the food from the ferry as very basic. Definitely a must if you travel to San Francisco.

Visited September 2011
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Zell am See, Austria
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“Overrated”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

In my personal opinion, this place is overrated and over sold. Although a must see for all it represents, I think they market it quite well to maintain a mystery around it. It is definitely a place you want to visit and see, but you will probably not want to go there again. You can see the whole island using the audio guide in less than 2 hours no matter how much time you try to waste.

Visited January 2012
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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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