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Alcatraz Island

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
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  • Alcatraz Island
    Nina H.
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    5 Jul 10, 2014

    If I'm going to visit a different city, then I'm going to do it right... the touristy way. Three of us took the ferry over to Alcatraz Island for the tour, and boy, was it interesting and eerie!

    I hadn't actually watched "The Rock" but had heard many stories about Alcatraz, you know, being secluded and housed dangerous criminals and what not. Being there was pretty surreal - just imagining where the prisoners once lived, died, etc. was so eerie. The audio tour was informational, and being able to visit the prison was just a cool experience. The views from the island of the city are spectacular as well so bring your cameras!

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    Panu
    5 Jul 07, 2014

    Good place for photograhper. You can get a ferry ticket online but have to wait in line. I went there over the weekend. It got crowded. If you have a chance to visit, you should get there 30 mins before ferry depart.

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    Maisons M
    5 Jul 04, 2014

    If you are interested in visiting Alcatraz Island during your stay, make sure you buy ferry tickets IN ADVANCE. The tickets sellout days before and by the time you arrive, they may be sold out.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jun 30, 2014

    The Alcatraz tour is another must when visiting San Francisco. There is so much history, and the view of San Francisco from the island is unbeatable.

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  • Alcatraz IslandPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Jun 21, 2014

    It's been a few years since I last visited the Rock and I need to go back more often. Gayle and I took her mother, nephew, and my son out to Alcatraz Island recently. We took the 10:30 boat out and the 1 PM back, and I think I was still and hour or 2 short. My time was also abbreviated by the Kids who visited Frank Morris' cell, called their visit complete and then phoned me several times (from the Dock) asking when it was time to go. Next time, I'll return with Gayle's Mom, we was similarly amazed and humbled by this historical landmark.

    The audio tour is a good as ever, so much so that I bought a copy of it for a later relisten. But what I like most about Alcatraz is the feeling that as I walk around and explore, I'm peeling back an onion and that each visit reveals something new. You also get the bonus of a good workout as you you wind and climb around outside and within the cell block building, and explore the plethora of historical nooks and crannies.

    There's so much to consider as you look at the old Military, prison, family, and Native American clues. The National Park Service has also opened a lot more of this Island up since my last visit, and I'm sure I'll have new places to explore the next time. I'm particularly intrigued by the work going on with the family quarters, the main military building, and the perimeter promenade along the water. Then of course, there's the views of the City that you get nowhere else.

    Post Trip Tip - After returning back to Pier 33, skip Fisherman's Wharf and walk the other way towards the Ferry Building. And if it's Saturday, the bustling Farmer's Market is a real bonus.

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    Kevin Riti
    5 Jun 10, 2014

    this was the most interesting visit and a must see. The tickets include a self guided tour with the prisoners and guards describing things as you pass them.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Eli Uy
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    5 May 29, 2014

    Such an interesting place! You learn so much about its history. And the view of San Francisco isn't bad either :)

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    Todd C
    5 May 22, 2014

    Awesome place to visit! If you go to San Francisco you'd be mental not to take a trip across to the Rock.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Jasmine Sandhu
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    5 Jun 02, 2014

    Such an interesting story behind Alcatraz. If you do the tour be sure to get the audio tour it tells the history of the island really well and also tells you great stories of altercations that took place in certain cells accompanied by sound effects. It's really cool!

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Bailey Klentzman
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    5 Apr 24, 2014

    Alcatraz is rich in history and eeriness, being an island which used to hold high-security prisoners. The island itself is very beautiful. The audio tour is very worth it.

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  • Alcatraz IslandPro 2014
    Netta Denes Drimer
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    4 Apr 23, 2014

    Another one of SF main attraction. The tour takes about half day and you better buy tickets online in advance.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Re becca
    3 Apr 17, 2014

    Our last day at SF my Boyfriend purchased these tickets because he loved copying Sean Connery's "WELCOME TO THE ROCK"

    We took a Ferry close to Fisherman's Wharf to the Island. The ride was at least 10 minutes long and it was pretty scenic so if you have a fear of Sea sickness - fear not as my boyfriend typically can never take any sort of Boat ride and he was just fine.

    Upon arrival we got a quick introduction of what to do and what not to do.
    The Audio headsets really made the experience.
    It gave you step by step directions and it was easy to follow. This really gave you the sense like you were part of history!

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Zaid A.
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    5 Apr 13, 2014

    What visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz? The history of Alcatraz is particularly unique and interesting, and you can get a nice tour once you're there. But what makes it great for me is the view, the ride over and most importantly the breathtaking experience of being on this unique historic island.

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    Keane
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    5 Mar 24, 2014

    Unquestionably historic. Infinitely humbling. Needing thesaurus.

    Alcatraz is quite possibly the most underrated tourist trap in SF. It's like Rainforest Cafe, in that you have to spend about $30 per person for a little escape. Unlike the restaurant, there are no robotic gorillas, and you don't feel violated when you leave since it's a defunct prison.

    The well-designed audio tour really transports you back to the era in which Alcatraz was still active. The use of narration, sound effects, and wall images really help to illustrate what Alcatraz must have been like. What stuck with me was the picture of Al Capone. There's something eerie about that picture.

    I opted to be locked in an isolation room in Cell Block D. I was reminded of the scene in Shawshank where Tim Robbins was locked in the dark for days. When they closed the door, all light escaped, save the one from my digital camera.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    peter jennings
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    4 Mar 17, 2014

    This is a great experience. You get to tour the whole prison and listen to the narration of the history of it all. There are some great views of downtown SF from here too. The boat ride over can be a little rough if the weather conditions aren't ideal so pack some sea sickness pills if you tend to suffer from this.

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    walking wanderer
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    5 Feb 23, 2014

    It's not cheap, but it's well worth it. The cruise gives you good views of Golden Gate Bridge, the city,

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Ree
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    5 Jan 30, 2014

    Great tour, worth every penny!

    Ferry takes off from Pier 33. We were told to buy our tickets well in advance as they are usually sold out if you try to go the day of, so we purchased online. After a short ferry ride, you're on the island, briefed and then released to explore on your own.

    The audio cell house self guided tour was really good. Lots of information and very interesting. Make sure to bring your camera! There were MANY with DSLR cameras (myself included). You can get great shots on the island as well of the views from the island and from the ferry boat.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Fay B
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    4 Jan 28, 2014

    Perhaps an obvious tourist destination, but worth going to see. Whatever your views on crime and punishment you should see this place for yourself.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Hillary B
    5 Jan 09, 2014

    Alcatraz can be seen from the apartment, but it is even more wonderful to visit. Tickets can be bought online and it is an easy bus or cab ride to the ferry terminal.

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  • Alcatraz Island
    Marco Pali
    5 Dec 26, 2013

    Amazing historical tour. Came with the kids and they had so much fun going in the cells and playing like they were prisoners. The audio tour was great as well.

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4.5 out of 5
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Alcatraz was once a prison for some of America's most dangerous criminals. Today, it is part of the National Park Service and is considered a must-see for visitors to San Francisco. The island tour is captivating for its history and beauty. Dress warmly even in summer because the island can be breezy and the prison is cold and damp. Ferries to Alcatraz depart from Pier 33.

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