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- 98%History Buffs
- 69%Local Culture
- 65%Family Travelers
- 61%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 54%Adventure Travelers
- 53%Budget Travelers
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- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 24, 2013
Classic landmark of San Francisco with a long history of intrigue, conspiracy, and mystery. The Rock was filmed there. Visited Alcatraz on a elementary school tour and it was so exciting!
- Alcatraz IslandNov 20, 2013
This is one of the tourist requests from friends visiting and one visit is sufficient. I'm a firm believer of why pay to see a prison, when you can commit a crime and go for free. All kidding aside, this was an informative historical excursion and you experience first hand how claustrophobic each cell is minus the scary prisoners.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
Alcatraz was one of my favorite things in SF.
I took the night tour, which makes it creepier and definitely colder, so whenever you go, take a jacket!
The audio tour is priceless, it is narrated by ex-cons and guards, people who were really there to tell the story and the audio effects are awesome.
The visit is self paced, so you can take your time, but if you have special sessions going on afterwards, keep track of time, otherwise you'll miss them all.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Nov 14, 2013
It's a must see when visiting San Francisco, however, I wouldn't feel too guilty about missing it. The audio tour informative. The inside gets very crowded with people, but you can take things at your own pace. I found the scenery outdoors to be more enticing.Recommended for
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesWellness+ 2Nov 12, 2013
I did the night tour over the summer, and I was surprised on well everything went. You can pick what tours you want to see and explore the island at your own leisure. When I went they let a few of us go into the cremation room... They only let groups of 4 go in and the only light was a lantern that they gave you. It was super creepy!
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
With its unique history, Alcatraz is a stunning contrast to the postcard-worthy views that surround it. The island is imposing even from afar.
- Alcatraz IslandOct 20, 2013
It was only in the last few months of living in San Francisco that I was able to visit Alcatraz, and I'm so glad I made the trip. The boat ride itself is fun (cold, of course, but fun), and once you disembark you are given a brief overview of the island and then set up with the audio tour.
Alcatraz has one of the best audio tours I've experienced. Along with all of the unique information that you would never discover simply by walking around, the voices of former prisoners and guards are a wonderful touch that really bring the place alive. I was most intrigued by the mess hall, where prisoners were allowed to roam free and the threat of a sudden attack was always imminent. I also like how you can take your time here - there are scheduled boats, but visitors are free to explore as long as they want.
If you're visiting San Francisco for just a day or two, this might not be doable since it takes a bit of time. But if you're here for longer, I highly recommend taking this fascinating trip.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 18, 2013
Another one of those San Francisco cliches that really lives up to the hype, a visit to Alcatraz is - like visiting the Statue of Liberty for New Yorkers - something that locals seldom do. Nonetheless, I found myself glad each time someone visited from out of town, because it gave me an excuse to take the boatride out and tour this most infamous of US prisons. The National Park Service (who administer the island) have put together a splendid audio-tour that really makes the history of the place come alive, and there's something deeply surreal about standing in the iron cell that once housed Al Capone. For an added bonus, the views of San Francisco from the island are fantastic.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2Nov 27, 2013
This is very well worth a visit. It is a 10 min boat ride from Pier 33 to the Island. From there starts a free tour up to the Entrance of the Prison. The best part is the Audio tour. This really takes you back to the live out there about 60 years ago - amazing. Besides all of that you have a wonderful view over the City and the Golden Gate
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofBackpackersHistory BuffsOct 07, 2013
The stories abound on Alcatraz Island, and whether you're here as a curious tourist, history lover, or folklore believer, it won't disappoint. Tour the formidable prison and the solemn grounds, and pause for a moment at the solitary confinement units (which really freaked me out). The whole experience is solidified by a choppy ferry ride to and from the lone island, and a viewing of The Birdman of Alcatraz or EscapeRecommended for
Address:Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Mason, B201 San Francisco, CA 94123
Total Reviews:343 Reviews
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