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
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- 98%History Buffs
- 71%Family Travelers
- 70%Local Culture
- 63%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Adventure Travelers
- 53%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (363)
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofStudentsLocal CultureBudget 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 IslandAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersOct 08, 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 Escape From Alcatraz that evening. Plus, you can even take haunted tours of the grounds at night. (No thanks, personally.)
- Alcatraz IslandAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jan 17, 2014
Another classic landmark of San Francisco, Alcatraz was the infamous island prison that no prisoner ever escaped from. Long in history and conspiracy, Alcatraz is definitely a spot all tourists need to visit.
- 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 IslandCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 28, 2013
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.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 21, 2013
Surprisingly fantastic tour. Audio guides with narrators (e.g., guard, inmate, kitchen help) and real sounds, plus being able to get into the cells, made you feel as if you were truly having that experience. And looking out the windows out onto the Bay and the city you get the feeling of longing, despair and being trapped.
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