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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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  • Support the staff offered to disabled people was excellent. They made sure any disabled people boarded first and on arrival had a tram to take us to the top of the island. The audio tour was... 
    Support the staff offered to disabled people was excellent. They made sure any disabled people boarded first and on arrival had a tram to take us to the top of the island. The audio tour was...  more »
  • Alcatraz Day Tour with Alcatraz Island Tickets, Pier 33, San Francisco After a boat ride from Pier 33 you dock at Alcatraz Island where youโ€™re greeted by a National Park Ranger who provides a brief.....  more
    Alcatraz Day Tour with Alcatraz Island Tickets, Pier 33, San Francisco After a boat ride from Pier 33 you dock at Alcatraz Island where youโ€™re greeted by a National Park Ranger who provides a brief.....  more »
  • Alcatraz has been on our lists for years so we were really excited to finally visit. The history and the setup is very fascinating. The rangers even gave a really interesting chat with some facts... 
    Alcatraz has been on our lists for years so we were really excited to finally visit. The history and the setup is very fascinating. The rangers even gave a really interesting chat with some facts...  more »
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  • Bring your headphones with you! They do not provide any.
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  • It was not a prison, it was something else...
  • A scenic site with a miserable history. Weird combination.

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