The Alcatraz Island, a.k.a, the Rock, is an infamous historical prison island, built in 1868. Many famous people have been imprisioned here, and it played an important role in American history, so much so that it was declared as a National Historic Landmark. The places of interest on the island include the Former Military Chapel, Baker Beach, Building 64, the Boat Dock, the Lighthouse, the Main Lighthouse, the New Industries Building, the Officers Club, the Wardens House, and the Main Cellhouse. The island is also the natural habitat to Californian Slender Salamanders, Black Crowned Herons and Western Gulls. Migratory birds use the numerous cliff tops for the breeding and roosting. Also to see are the historical gardens planted by the family of the resident defence personnel, and especially the almost extinct Welsh Rose.
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The historic Ferry Building and Alcatraz are two of San Francisco's most prolific attractions. On this not-to-be missed combo tour, you get to see them both in one day. First, enjoy an hour in the Ferry Building to nibble on some of the cityâs f
Great history! It's great seeing the historic Alcatraz Penitentiary in person. Recommend buying tickets early because I think they sell out quickly. A must see if you're visiting San Francisco! Will definitely be back. Also has a great bookstore / gift shop at the end of the tour.
Alcatraz was an absolutely amazing experience. I did the night tour, which is definitely worth the extra money. Getting on the ferry was a quick and easy process. During the night tour you get to go all the way around the island, which was a nice touch! The tour guides were all friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Views of San Francisco from the main road are beautiful. Following the audio tour was a very cool way to experience the facility. Highly recommended
Terrific Audio Tour Included - Whilst the weather wasn't very kind on the day this place is definitely not to be missed regardless of the conditions. The audio commentary was very interesting and can be followed at your own pace. Plenty of opportunities to take photos. Make sure you don't leave without going to the exercise yard. It is tucked away a bit but still an easy walk up about 40 steps.
The Alcatraz tour at night is the best tour to take. You get to tour in daylight but are there long enough to see it all lit up in the evening too. The city lights of San Francisco is breathtaking to see from Alcatraz. Bring a camera. Awesome gift shop.
One of the most iconic tourist stops in the city and is highly recommended. Tickets sell quickly and it is recommended to purchase tickets well in-advance of your visit to San Francisco. The island is filled with history and the audio guide provided with your ticket does an excellent job at bringing you back in time to life as an inmate. One of the best audio guides I've ever heard, and I am not usually a fan of audio guides.