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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed today via mobile

All the times I’ve been to San Francisco, I had never been but finally made it on this trip. It was great. Easy self guided audio tour and interesting history. We would likely never do it again (it’s just not the sort of thing you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 945laurelc
Reviewed today via mobile

First of all book your tickets months in advance so you can keep them cost down. We had to wait till the day before so paid through the nose and were lucky to get on the night tour. The tour doesn’t disappoint and the audio...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kindred411uk
Reviewed today via mobile

A very informative and “back in history “ vibe but the guided audio tour is a must. We also met William Baker and he autographed our copy of his book(he was an inmate at Alcatraz). Can spend as much time one wishes but we spent...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank reddy_g77
Reviewed today via mobile

My family who lives there says it's a tour I should take. They liked it a lot. But I am handicapped walking,climbing so I need to research if it's accessable

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rugbyperson
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Audio guide makes this a really interesting and informative experience. Lots of photo experiences and definitely worth doing whilst in San Francisco

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank GardenerBuff
Reviewed yesterday

Did the after dark night tour. Wow! Excellent Ranger knowledge. You see parts of the island that others wont. There was also an ex-inmate talking to visitors on our visit. Well worth going. If you take a normal day tour the only time constraint is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PhilGain
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the Angel Island and Alcatraz Tour. Worth the extra money as Angel Island was pretty and interesting and gave us lovely views and a spin around Alcatraz first on the ferry so great viewing. Thought the headset tour of the prison was excellent...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MariaC19142
Reviewed yesterday

Very well organised. Audio tour excellent and very informative. We went during the day and lots of time to explore the grounds and prison . Go at your own pace . Very interesting and narration by some ex prisoners and guards. Get the boat back...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 715sportsfan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The audio tour of the cell block was good, but pay attention to the walking directions to get the full effect. If you enjoy this kind of history be sure to make time for a long stay. Lots of unauthorized areas that would have been...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Wendy C
Reviewed yesterday

Practical Plan your trip online. Take your time to be on the boat, the starting point is a few hundred yards from pier 39. The short trrip to Alcatraz can be cold, so take a sweater for instance. Alcatraz When you are on the Island,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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September 14, 2019|
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Response from Roger W | Reviewed this property |
If you stay outside the city and plan to drive in just be aware that parking is difficult and Very expensive . Also there are signs everywhere about not leaving anything in your car( tons of break ins) . Uber & Lyft are... More
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Hi! Thank you for asking about Alcatraz Cruises! Alcatraz Island has a electric tram for those with mobility concerns. Anyone with a health condition or physical disability which limits mobility qualifies for a ride on... More
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September 5, 2019|
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Our tickets include roundtrip ferry transportation, the audio tour inside the Cellhouse and all other programs on Alcatraz Island. Tickets purchased directly from us are inclusive of tax and there are no booking or... More
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