Alcatraz tour

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  • Alcatraz Island

    San Francisco, CA 94102

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This tour starts with a great boat ride, try to get on top of the boat. Once you get off you are given an update by one of the rangers. You watch a movie that is very insightful and then you are on your own. The island is nice and the views of Sanfan wonderful.

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This tour starts with a great boat ride, try to get on top of the boat. Once you get off you are given an update by one of the rangers. You watch a movie that is very insightful and then you are on your own. The island is nice and the views of Sanfan wonderful.

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I have a friend who grew up on this island - his dad was a guard - it was fun to visit the island with him and his wife - he pointed out some of the places that were off limit and some of the places where they could go - he had to wait for a boat to come to S.F. - my granddaughter loves to go over to the island - she is amazed by the whole idea of it having been a prison and some of the story that are told about the island - the staff is informative and friendly.

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I have a friend who grew up on this island - his dad was a guard - it was fun to visit the island with him and his wife - he pointed out some of the places that were off limit and some of the places where they could go - he had to wait for a boat to come to S.F. - my granddaughter loves to go over to the island - she is amazed by the whole idea of it having been a prison and some of the story that are told about the island - the staff is informative and friendly.

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This is a great tour for older kids and adults. I think it is too much waling for younger ones. I really like when they shut the jail doors and you hear this loud clank.

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This is a great tour for older kids and adults. I think it is too much waling for younger ones. I really like when they shut the jail doors and you hear this loud clank.

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Alcatraz Island, once site of the famous high-security jail, is a must see attraction in SF. Just about every school in the Bay Area takes a field trip there. I've probably been about 4 times, and it's always fun. The ferry ride over is nice, and when you pull up there's a sort of creepy vibe. The headphone tours have tons of cool information, and it's interesting to see the cafeteria and barber shop where murderers and criminals once ate and got their hair cut.

PROS: many
CONS: a little touristy

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Alcatraz Island, once site of the famous high-security jail, is a must see attraction in SF. Just about every school in the Bay Area takes a field trip there. I've probably been about 4 times, and it's always fun. The ferry ride over is nice, and when you pull up there's a sort of creepy vibe. The headphone tours have tons of cool information, and it's interesting to see the cafeteria and barber shop where murderers and criminals once ate and got their hair cut.

PROS: many
CONS: a little touristy

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I have lived in the Bay Area just 15 min. from San Francisco my whole life. And I must say that this tour isn't just for tourists! I love watching the dicovery and history channel when they have stuff about prison life, but there's nothing cooler than actually being there. A boat takes you out to the island and a set a headphones guides you through the tour. Very cool.

PROS: Awesome experience
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★★★★★

I have lived in the Bay Area just 15 min. from San Francisco my whole life. And I must say that this tour isn't just for tourists! I love watching the dicovery and history channel when they have stuff about prison life, but there's nothing cooler than actually being there. A boat takes you out to the island and a set a headphones guides you through the tour. Very cool.

PROS: Awesome experience
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If your visiting in San Francisco or even if you live here this is an experience that you must have. One of the greatest tours I have ever done. The tour takes you to the island via boat and you can relive the life of a convict. Go inside the cells where the prisoners slept and ate. Go to the yard that over looks San Francisco and wonder how you can try to escape too.

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★★★★☆

If your visiting in San Francisco or even if you live here this is an experience that you must have. One of the greatest tours I have ever done. The tour takes you to the island via boat and you can relive the life of a convict. Go inside the cells where the prisoners slept and ate. Go to the yard that over looks San Francisco and wonder how you can try to escape too.

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Live the history behind the bars of Alcatraz. A fun day for the entire family. See the cells where the prisoners were kept and you can close the bar!! It is a wonderful tour to take your kids and learn history at the same time. You must experience it!!

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★★★★★

Live the history behind the bars of Alcatraz. A fun day for the entire family. See the cells where the prisoners were kept and you can close the bar!! It is a wonderful tour to take your kids and learn history at the same time. You must experience it!!

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Alcatraz Island is a great tourist attraction to go to in San Francisco. You'll see great views of the city and the actual island is interesting and fun to spend time on.

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Alcatraz Island is a great tourist attraction to go to in San Francisco. You'll see great views of the city and the actual island is interesting and fun to spend time on.

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All of my out-of-town guests request a tour of Alcatraz. Be-sure to book ahead because they do sell out. I like the self guided ear phone tour. However, I was amazed that they do not offer Mandarin Chinese! They have many other foreign languages.

PROS: fun history, nice outting
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All of my out-of-town guests request a tour of Alcatraz. Be-sure to book ahead because they do sell out. I like the self guided ear phone tour. However, I was amazed that they do not offer Mandarin Chinese! They have many other foreign languages.

PROS: fun history, nice outting
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You hear alot about Alcatraz, however nothing can compare to seeing it first hand. The boat ride over is short and the tour that is offered once there is really educational. It is truely amazing to see how the criminals lived with a clear view of freedom from their windows everyday - it must really have been torture for them.

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You hear alot about Alcatraz, however nothing can compare to seeing it first hand. The boat ride over is short and the tour that is offered once there is really educational. It is truely amazing to see how the criminals lived with a clear view of freedom from their windows everyday - it must really have been torture for them.

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Not for the really young kids, but most kids will enjoy. You take a boat over to the Island and tour the facilities. The story behind the island and the history of escapes and prisoners is so interesting. The actual prision is old an musty, but it is still fun to tour around. I had a great day here.

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Not for the really young kids, but most kids will enjoy. You take a boat over to the Island and tour the facilities. The story behind the island and the history of escapes and prisoners is so interesting. The actual prision is old an musty, but it is still fun to tour around. I had a great day here.

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Alcatrz isn't the coolest thing to do in the whole world but it is a must see if you visit the bay area. You will enjoy Alcatraz based movies (of which there are many) much better after visiting! It gets pretty cold out there and on the boat so if you go in the morning dress warmly! Getting your picture taken in the cells is pretty cool but as a whole, not something to go crazy over.

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★★★★☆

Alcatrz isn't the coolest thing to do in the whole world but it is a must see if you visit the bay area. You will enjoy Alcatraz based movies (of which there are many) much better after visiting! It gets pretty cold out there and on the boat so if you go in the morning dress warmly! Getting your picture taken in the cells is pretty cool but as a whole, not something to go crazy over.

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I love the Alcatraz tour. First you go on the Ferry to actually cross the bay (what is it, something alittle over a mile.) Ive been there a couple of times and even though I heard the same thing on the tape, it still gave me a rush of excitment. Definitly definitly take the audio tour. I absolutly loved it. It gives you a lot of background anf basically the whole history of Alcatraz and the controversy behind it. It really gave me a feel of what it must have been like when there were actualy prisoners here. I even said I would have wanted to come here when it was still populated with the inmates until a family member pointed out to me I would have died of fear. Preorder your tickets, the ferry rides sell out FAST.

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★★★★★

I love the Alcatraz tour. First you go on the Ferry to actually cross the bay (what is it, something alittle over a mile.) Ive been there a couple of times and even though I heard the same thing on the tape, it still gave me a rush of excitment. Definitly definitly take the audio tour. I absolutly loved it. It gives you a lot of background anf basically the whole history of Alcatraz and the controversy behind it. It really gave me a feel of what it must have been like when there were actualy prisoners here. I even said I would have wanted to come here when it was still populated with the inmates until a family member pointed out to me I would have died of fear. Preorder your tickets, the ferry rides sell out FAST.

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You must take ll of your out of town guests to see Alcatraz Island. It's a must see for all tourists. The best way to visit is to buy the audio package, you can go through at your own pace and do not have to listen to anyone's annoying questions. It is fun watching your friend walk around. YOu can always tell where they are in the audio by their reactions, it's definitely a cool place and very interesting!

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★★★★☆

You must take ll of your out of town guests to see Alcatraz Island. It's a must see for all tourists. The best way to visit is to buy the audio package, you can go through at your own pace and do not have to listen to anyone's annoying questions. It is fun watching your friend walk around. YOu can always tell where they are in the audio by their reactions, it's definitely a cool place and very interesting!

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I have done the alcatraz tour five different times and I would still go back. Every single time I go I learn something new. You get to ride a ferry to the rock which is pretty fun in itself. If it is a nice day out then you can be on the top section of the boat and get some gorgeous views. Once on the island you get an audio tape that will walk you through the entire prison and you will even get recounts from past prisoners. You can even see which cell belonged to Al Capone! Totally worth it if you are visiting the area and are a history buff!

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★★★★★

I have done the alcatraz tour five different times and I would still go back. Every single time I go I learn something new. You get to ride a ferry to the rock which is pretty fun in itself. If it is a nice day out then you can be on the top section of the boat and get some gorgeous views. Once on the island you get an audio tape that will walk you through the entire prison and you will even get recounts from past prisoners. You can even see which cell belonged to Al Capone! Totally worth it if you are visiting the area and are a history buff!

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I had always wanted to see the famed Alcatraz before finally taking a tour last year. I was not disapointed! It truely is a fascinating and scary place. The tour operator let us go inside the cells to see how it felt in those tight rooms. The operator also knew a lot about the history of alcatraz and told some personal stories about her experiences of movie stars who had been there to shoot various movies. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has never seen Alcatraz before, it's worth it.

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I had always wanted to see the famed Alcatraz before finally taking a tour last year. I was not disapointed! It truely is a fascinating and scary place. The tour operator let us go inside the cells to see how it felt in those tight rooms. The operator also knew a lot about the history of alcatraz and told some personal stories about her experiences of movie stars who had been there to shoot various movies. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has never seen Alcatraz before, it's worth it.

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theory has it that this place is haunted and when you go here at night, you can hear spooky noises. other than that, the boat ride to this place was awesome! the tour inside the jail was beyond what i ever expected. this is something that you must experience in your life.

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theory has it that this place is haunted and when you go here at night, you can hear spooky noises. other than that, the boat ride to this place was awesome! the tour inside the jail was beyond what i ever expected. this is something that you must experience in your life.

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A wonderful place that provides lots of history and seclusion from the rest of the busy city. Might be a bit "boring" for younger children who can barely sit still enough to hear the history behind the place. Still, it's a good place to take a trip to. Be sure to call ahead to check on tickets available.

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A wonderful place that provides lots of history and seclusion from the rest of the busy city. Might be a bit "boring" for younger children who can barely sit still enough to hear the history behind the place. Still, it's a good place to take a trip to. Be sure to call ahead to check on tickets available.

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The Alcatraz tour was awesome, or so I thought anyways. You have to take a ferry to get to Alcatraz, but that's not really an inconvenience. I personally loved the ferry. The ferry got to the island in about 20 minutes I think. There were great views from the island. The tour overall was great and definitely a learning experience. I can't wait to go back.

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The Alcatraz tour was awesome, or so I thought anyways. You have to take a ferry to get to Alcatraz, but that's not really an inconvenience. I personally loved the ferry. The ferry got to the island in about 20 minutes I think. There were great views from the island. The tour overall was great and definitely a learning experience. I can't wait to go back.

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On a recent trip to San Francisco my husband and I took the Alcatraz Prision Tour. We took the ferry out to the island from the pick up point near Fisherman's Wharf. The ferry ride was only about 15 minutes or so. Upon arrival we watched a short video and heard a brief presentation from a guide. After that we took the prision tour. Included in the price was an audio tour which included a headset (obviously) to listen to at each station. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to San Fran.

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On a recent trip to San Francisco my husband and I took the Alcatraz Prision Tour. We took the ferry out to the island from the pick up point near Fisherman's Wharf. The ferry ride was only about 15 minutes or so. Upon arrival we watched a short video and heard a brief presentation from a guide. After that we took the prision tour. Included in the price was an audio tour which included a headset (obviously) to listen to at each station. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to San Fran.

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I was mesmorized by this place. It was so cool, I was walking inside a real prison, and not just any prison. The notorious Alcatraz! What an experience! I would recommend this to anyone! Definitly take the audio guided tour, they have such interesting things to tell you. They tell you about the different prisoners, a typical day, the escape from Alcatraz, the hostage situation, and the history. It is so interesting. Buy your tickets ahead of time, sells out quickly.

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I was mesmorized by this place. It was so cool, I was walking inside a real prison, and not just any prison. The notorious Alcatraz! What an experience! I would recommend this to anyone! Definitly take the audio guided tour, they have such interesting things to tell you. They tell you about the different prisoners, a typical day, the escape from Alcatraz, the hostage situation, and the history. It is so interesting. Buy your tickets ahead of time, sells out quickly.

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Even snooty teenagers will think Alcatraz is cool! The night tour is great because it's just a bunch creepier. They even let you go inside a cell. It's also cool to see the sun setting over the water.

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Even snooty teenagers will think Alcatraz is cool! The night tour is great because it's just a bunch creepier. They even let you go inside a cell. It's also cool to see the sun setting over the water.

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This place gave me the creeps! However it is something you should go check out at least once. I would recommend getting the headphones so you can have a "guide" while you are touring the prison. You'll learn a lot of weird and interesting information. It's always pretty crowded to get on the tour so make sure to buy your tickets early!!!

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This place gave me the creeps! However it is something you should go check out at least once. I would recommend getting the headphones so you can have a "guide" while you are touring the prison. You'll learn a lot of weird and interesting information. It's always pretty crowded to get on the tour so make sure to buy your tickets early!!!

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The Alcatraz tour is one of those tours that if you live here you only go on if you have relatives coming to visit. On a sunny day, the ferry ride is pretty, and for history buffs the tour can be very interesting. But kids might not get all the history, and walking through the cells can only entertain to a point. I wouldn't really recommend this tour unless you have a fascination with prison history.

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The Alcatraz tour is one of those tours that if you live here you only go on if you have relatives coming to visit. On a sunny day, the ferry ride is pretty, and for history buffs the tour can be very interesting. But kids might not get all the history, and walking through the cells can only entertain to a point. I wouldn't really recommend this tour unless you have a fascination with prison history.

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This is a must when visiting San Francisco. Alcatraz has a fascinating history and is set up to accomodate all it's visitors well. From the island, you'll get the best views of the city, but buy your tickets in advance, or you may be left behind.

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This is a must when visiting San Francisco. Alcatraz has a fascinating history and is set up to accomodate all it's visitors well. From the island, you'll get the best views of the city, but buy your tickets in advance, or you may be left behind.

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Alcatraz is certainly a San Francisco must-see. However, be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance or you will be shut out like my wife and I were on a recent trip. All we have is a photo of the two of us standing in front of the "Sold Out" sign.

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Alcatraz is certainly a San Francisco must-see. However, be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance or you will be shut out like my wife and I were on a recent trip. All we have is a photo of the two of us standing in front of the "Sold Out" sign.

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Alcatraz Island looks very neat even from the mainland but up close is a whole nother experience! It is very educational for the younger viewers to see our history unfolding before their eyes! A must go see!

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Alcatraz Island looks very neat even from the mainland but up close is a whole nother experience! It is very educational for the younger viewers to see our history unfolding before their eyes! A must go see!

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Be prepared to spend several hours on this tour. You have the opportunity to get a close up look at a very historical site. You'll stand in Al Capone's cel and see where the famous "Bird Man" of Alcatraz slept. You'll also see the homes that housed the guards and their families on the island. I didn't even know until I went on the tour that there were actually children that lived on this rock!!

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Be prepared to spend several hours on this tour. You have the opportunity to get a close up look at a very historical site. You'll stand in Al Capone's cel and see where the famous "Bird Man" of Alcatraz slept. You'll also see the homes that housed the guards and their families on the island. I didn't even know until I went on the tour that there were actually children that lived on this rock!!

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