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- 98%History Buffs
- 74%Local Culture
- 71%Family Travelers
- 66%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 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!Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 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.Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesStudents+ 4Jun 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!Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Apr 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.Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandApr 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!Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Apr 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.Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Mar 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.Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure TravelersMar 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.Recommended for:
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jan 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.
- Alcatraz Island
Open Hours:Fall and winter: Ferries leave at 9:30a, 10:15a and every half hour until 2:15pm Spring and Summer: Ferries leave at 9:30a, 10:15a and every half hour until 4:15p
Phone:+1 (415) 561-4900