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“Excellent tour, bringing Alcatraz to life”
Review of Alcatraz Island

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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.
Reviewed 4 November 2012

We really loved the Alcatraz tour (make sure you book it in advance). The boat trip over to the island gives some fantastic photo opportunities for looking at San Fransisco. The audio tour is really well done and had much to interest our whole family.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Absolutely fantastic! Great views of San Francisco and the bay from the island and the ferry. Once you get to the island, don't listen to the welcome talk, get walking straight up the hill to the jailhouse, grab a headset and skip the queues. Audio tour is brilliant and you really get immersed in the stories. As said before this is a 'must do'. Be sure to buy tickets well in advance to ensure you are not disappointed.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Took advice here and elsewhere to book as far in advance as possible, on line and to print of your tickets and to go on a night trip.
In addition if you Google Alcatraz be sure to go to the official Alcatraz ferries website.
Having done all of this - its a great trip - well organised and informative and doing it at night is that much more authentic and bit [enjoyably] creepy. you also get great views of the bay, the bridge and city from the ferry.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012 via mobile

Taking the first tour of the day pays off as it gets very busy very quickly. The free audio tour is worthwhile using and the rangers are incredibly friendly. But the tour fails to capture the imagination and comes across as somewhat sterile. Maybe the night tours are more engaging but you do seem to have to book a few weeks in advance.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Alcatraz lived up to our expectations. Make sure you book the official tour through alcatrazcruises.com and take a guided tour with a National Park ranger. The ranger will take you around the outside and you can take a free audio tour of the interior spaces. The interesting history and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco are well worth the time and money. An essential San Francisco experience.

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