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Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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Island Historic Site
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. To visit Alcatraz Island and get the most from your holiday in San Francisco, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Francisco vacation planner.
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  • This was an amazing tour. Doing the audio tour is a must! You will defiantly need a coat for the ride on the ferry. Be aware of the not so pleasant smell when you get to the island. It was overwhelmin...  more »
  • The audio tour was AMAZING! It is a beautiful island with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. There was plenty of space on the boat. We are so glad that we did this tour. Worth the money and ...  more »
  • The most important thing is to book your tour in advance from the Alcatraz site. If you go on the day of the tour there are no tickets available. This is so interesting. I cheated though I took the Tr...  more »
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  • Alcatraz was an absolutely amazing experience. I did the night tour, which is definitely worth the extra money. Getting on the ferry was a quick and easy process. During the night tour you get to go all the way around the island, which was a nice touch! The tour guides were all friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Views of San Francisco from the main road are beautiful. Following the audio tour was a very cool way to experience the facility. Highly recommended
  • Terrific Audio Tour Included - Whilst the weather wasn't very kind on the day this place is definitely not to be missed regardless of the conditions. The audio commentary was very interesting and can be followed at your own pace. Plenty of opportunities to take photos. Make sure you don't leave without going to the exercise yard. It is tucked away a bit but still an easy walk up about 40 steps.
  • One of the most iconic tourist stops in the city and is highly recommended. Tickets sell quickly and it is recommended to purchase tickets well in-advance of your visit to San Francisco. The island is filled with history and the audio guide provided with your ticket does an excellent job at bringing you back in time to life as an inmate. One of the best audio guides I've ever heard, and I am not usually a fan of audio guides.
  • Great time! How could you not enjoy getting to know America's most famous prison? You get a fantastic boat ride out to the island. You can tour yourself with headphones (audio guides included) and their are plenty of guides tours by rangers. Also the help desk was fantastic in helping us change our times. Do not miss!!
  • Alcatraz has been on a list for me to do for years and I was not disappointed. The Island has a lot of offer and the self guided tour is very detailed and informational. It is set up well as you walk around and there is also other special tours they do too