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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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Take this guided walking tour and see the best that San Francisco has to offer! Visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, take in fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and visit Washington Square in North Beach. You’ll also see key attract
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
Great time! How could you not enjoy getting to know America's most famous prison? You get a fantastic boat ride out to the island. You can tour yourself with headphones (audio guides included) and their are plenty of guides tours by rangers. Also the help desk was fantastic in helping us change our times. Do not miss!!
We purchased the tour "behind the scenes" a month ago. Our first plan was to visit the island during the daytime but there were already no tickets left. Only the night tour "behind the scenes" was available. The activity started from the Pier 33 where we got on a small cruise to the direction of the jail. On the island, our guide (Justin) was waiting for the group (30people) with the other ranger. Justin is a good guide because he made you want to learn more about the history of this place. However, we were only taken to two locations that are "behind the scenes" while the other parts are the same as the common night tours. We were very disappointed because we paid double the price but did not really double our experience. After the small-group tour, we started the audio tour. The audio tour lasted maybe only 30 minutes. Finally, we went to try the different night activities as suggested but we were also disappointed because it was just someone telling the stories while we thought we could see some live shows or watch some interesting videos to visualize better how it was like in the past. Conclusion: take the daytime/ night tour which are more rewarding for what you pay!
Amazing place. Learned about not only Alcatraz but other historic events on the island. The gardens were amazing!!! Great audio tour in various languages included in ticket price. Go early. I walked the whole island (what is allowed at least) and easily spent several hours there.
Fantastic time! Beautiful March day when we were there (understand can be foggy and cool) which made it that much more enjoyable. The audio tour of the cell block is probably one of the best produced pieces I have encountered at a park. Staff was efficiently distributing sets and gathering. I would recommend getting there early though as it can get crowded. Great place to visit for any Alcatraz buff or for a Family to walk around for several hours. Oh, and make sure to listen to the instructions after you get off the boat! They can help make sure you get the most out of your visit.