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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  • October 4, 2017
    A must do for anyone visiting San Francisco . Well organised from start to finish and audio tour is superb and timed out to perfection . Only gripe was there is "work in progress" on the island so did...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    For over twenty years I have wanted to visit Alcatraz and sometimes when you wait so long you are disappointed when you finally get there. This is one place that did not disappoint and I loved every m...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We did this at 8.45am which I highly recommend as you avoid the audio tour being too crowded. However, unless you want to spend several hours on the island you will miss the other talks, tours and eve...  more »
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  • August 18, 2017
    This is a classic tourist spot for visitors of San Francisco but it is worth the trip. We got tickets for the ferry ahead of time. It's a beautiful view of the island and the city from the ferry. The island itself has some beautiful gardens. The audio tour is really well done. Everyone doesn't get the same order so people aren't all crammed together which could be hard considering it is a tour of some pretty tight spaces. Great way to spend a beautiful day in San Francisco.
  • August 14, 2017
    This place is a must if you are in the city. Buy your tickets in advance. They only have limited space. The audio tour is excellent. It takes you back in time and brings the prison to life. While it is a prison and not meant to be nice, it is actually a very nice building. The style and attention to detail is excellent. I will go back and I highly recommend.
  • August 30, 2017
    Very impressive! Take the audio tour. Normally I am not a fan of the audio tours because they are mostly a bit odd. But the one at Alcatraz was really good and took you through the famous stories of this impressive prison. It's definitely worth the visit. You have to book in advance. I visited in low season, and even at that time they were fully booked on much times during the day. It also comes with great views of San Francisco.
  • September 20, 2017
    So it's not about what is there to see. It's about the presentation. The audio tour at the cell block is theatrical. It carries the one listening back into the time when this place was a Federal penitentiary. Kudos to the national park service for there effort. Keep up the great job.
  • June 29, 2017
    Great history! It's great seeing the historic Alcatraz Penitentiary in person. Recommend buying tickets early because I think they sell out quickly. A must see if you're visiting San Francisco! Will definitely be back. Also has a great bookstore / gift shop at the end of the tour.

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