Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is now a national park. After taking a ferry to the island, follow the audio guide, available in ten languages. You'll go through the inside of the old prison's facilities, which include a lighthouse, military fortifications, and cellblocks. Though long considered escape-proof, the prison suffered an irreparable blow to its reputation in 1962, when three inmates mysteriously disappeared using a makeshift raft. Explore the protected recreation area with a park ranger, who can enhance your visit with little-known information about the island's current inhabitants: the black-crested night herons and western gulls. Using our custom trip planner, San Francisco attractions like Alcatraz Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Tour was very well done--thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the rock. It is bird season so wear a hood or risk getting pooped on!  more »
  • I did not think it was going to be so interesting! Even the little kids were into it. Great experience!  more »
  • Though much about seen and heard and well worth visiting. By boat from the Mainland towards it. On location is a fine audio tour!
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  • Loved it. It's definitely a place everyone should experience once in their life. I also loved how they allow you to ship your souvenirs back to your home. It's just a really neat experience all together. I also loved the guy who greeted me and my boyfriend when we first got upstairs to start the tour. He knew the city we were from on the East Coast and even knew really neat facts about our hometown.
  • Wow where do I start with this place. I could’ve walked around this island for hours. So interesting and full of fascinating history. If you are a little interested in this type of stuff you definitely need to visit this place. Even my kids had a blast and were interested in what this island represented. The audio tour was such as added bonus. It’s exactly what’s needed to make your tour complete. So so so cool
  • Efficiently ran. A tip on getting tickets online: keep looking throughout the day before you come and slots tend to open up. Went on the 2:10. Really want to go at night. Neat experience. No food/alcohol allowed on the island- food allowed in designated area. Smoking nasty tobacco only allowed in designated area. Not 420 friendly. A LOT of uphill walking. I would call it 3 legs. Each leg allowing for a break if needed. They have available golf carts to transport those in need to the top. A neat audio tour with headphones. Open jail cells to get fun pics. Mandatory briefing before you walk up a smidge long and annoying. Cafe before you board has pretty good clam chowder! They are only allowed to serve certain alcohol. Cheesie pic taken before you board. Of course I paid the $20 for it with a cute frame. 😂 Absolutely do Alcatraz at least once. Fun ride over on ferry style yacht. Beautiful picture opportunities! Back and forth ferries run every half hour.
  • A great value for $38. Audio tour is very interesting. The other buildings are great too. Some of the best views of SF and the bridges. I'd recommend going early in the day, as the island seems to be less crowded, because you can stay as long as you want. We did a 9:10 ride (second boat) and it was very easy to get through everything in a timely manner.
  • A great tour. If you want to go book early. Tickets go on sale 90 das in advance and they do sell out fairly quickly. We were able to get tickets for our visit by frequently checking the web site as cancelled tickets are put back on sale. I recommend going on the early bird (first tour of the day) at 0830. You can explore without overly large crowds that build as the day goes on. Tour is self guided with audio headphones included in the tour price. Bring a sweatshirt or zip-up as the temps can be cool even in summer. Boat ride over is only 10-15 minutes. You can stay as long as you like and catch any departing boat back when you are ready.
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