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Alcatraz, named Pelican Island by the first Spaniards who landed there in 1770, became a penitentiary in 1850 in the buildings of a military fortress. In 1933, the American justice system took over the property and wanted to make Alcatraz a model prison with maximum security. The famous Al Capone was detained in this fortress (he was released in 1939 for good conduct) which is only a mile from the coast, but from which it is almost impossible to escape: frozen waters, strong currents and sharks are indeed the best guarantees against prisoners' escape attempts. Alcatraz prisoners were the only ones in America to be entitled to hot showers, so that they would be even less able to withstand the cold water of the bay in the event of an escape. This factor did not discourage some. Fourteen organized attempts were made. These are the two most famous. The first episode, nicknamed "the Battle of Alcatraz", took place in May 1946. Bernard Coy put in place an escape plan: after starving for months to get through the bars, he joined the Gun Gallery where the guards' weapons were stored. He knocked out one of the guards, stole his keys. Bad luck: they were the wrong ones. The guards were alerted and a furious battle ensued. Guards were taken hostage and locked in a cell. They were shot a little later by the rebel detainees. An appeal was made to the Marines who bombed the island and won the bloody battle.

The second episode took place in June 1962. It was an escape developed by the Anglin brothers and inmate Frank Morris. Using spoons stolen from the canteen, they dug into the wall of their cells until they reached the air vents. On the day of the escape, they had mannequins made of crumb of human bread and hair in their beds so as not to alert the guards of their absence. They built a makeshift raft, were never found and were reported missing. This unique escape inspired the film L'évadé d'Alcatraz, in which Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris. In October 2015, the documentary Alcatraz: search for the truth, broadcast on History Channel, contradicts the official version of the drowning of the three fugitives in San Francisco Bay and even claims that they are still alive today.

Closed on March 21, 1963 for budgetary reasons, Alcatraz has been open to the public since 1973. When you arrive on the island, you will see red graffiti "Indians Welcome" and "Indian Land". They recall an important event: the occupation of the island by native Indians from the region.

On the night of November 9, 1969, 78 Amerindians landed on the island to claim ancestral land. In less than a month, they were about 600 representatives of 50 different tribes. They were the "Indians of all tribes", as they were called. They wrote a statement entitled "We Hold the Rock" in which they proposed to buy Alcatraz with glass beads and canvas rags, as whites had done for Manhattan 300 years earlier. They were expelled 6 months later by the federal army. This was an important moment in Alcatraz's history.

During your visit, do not forget to get an audioguide (small devices are distributed free of charge at the entrance of the prison and recordings are available in French). For years, this audioguide has been listed as one of the best in the USA, and for good reason: prisoners' voices, soundtracks, everything is there... A very beautiful achievement!

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Visits to Alcatraz all year round. Departure from Pier 33. In summer, 15 departures per day from 9:10 am and night visits from 5:55 pm to 9:25 pm. In winter, 10 departures per day. Rates (12 to 61 years old) 39.90 US$ during the day and 47.30 US$ in the evening. Children (5 to 11 years old): US$24.40 and US$26.50 in the evening. Senior: US$35.25 per day, US$41.25 per night. The day: Family package (2 children + 2 adults: 112.75 US$). Behind the Scenes excursion at 92.30 US$. Free French Audioguide. Reservations several weeks in advance are recommended, especially in summer and at weekends. Possibility to combine Alcatraz tours with Angel Island.

Members' reviews on ALCATRAZ

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anneonym
4/5
Visited in september 2019
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Alcatraz
Il faut s'y prendre en avance pour visiter ce célèbre lieux de San Francisco!
Sinon, vous pouvez toujours prendre un ferry pour traverser la baie de San Francisco lorsqu'il fait beau. Ils passent juste à côté de l'île où se trouve la prison et ralentissent pour laisser le temps aux touristes d'apprécier le monument depuis l'extérieur.
enzo612
5/5
Visited in april 2019
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Incontournable et passionnant
Qui pensait prendre autant de plaisir à visiter une prison ???Mythique, et tant de fois vues au cinéma, cet endroit est incontournable, passionnant, époustouflant... Tout simplement le truc à ne pas rater. Belle vue de la baie, de la ville, du Golden Gate... La visite est enrichissante et vaut largement le détour. Attention, penser à réserver car beaucoup de monde.
elizamonde
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Visited in april 2019
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alcatraz
incontournable si vous venez à San Francisco. Très sympa à faire, traversée en bâteau pour voir la baie, si le temps est dégagé c'est magnifique! si vous voulez vraiment faire le tour de l'île prévoir plusieurs heures. Très intéressant et la visite avec les audioguides très bien faite.
makicorse
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Visited in may 2019
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Un bond dans le passé
Alcatraz est un lieu à visiter, les audios-guides disponibles en français expliquent clairement l'histoire de la prison et la vie des prisonniers. Cependant, le monde qui s'y pressent ne permet pas de se plonger complètement dans l'histoire. De plus, le coût de l'entrée a fortement augmenté. Assez déçu du coup.
Alban_Dechaumet
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Visited in november 2018
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Plus qu'une visite, une sensation !
Personne ne revient du Rock indemne. L'ambiance au sein du célèbre pénitencier dont on ne s'évadait pas reste angoissante à qui s'imprègne de l'âme des lieux. A ne surtout pas manquer lors d'un séjour à San Francisco… et n'oubliez pas de réserver votre place à bord du bateau quelques semaines à l'avance sur le site officiel !
JuliusLulu
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Visited in october 2018
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Visite incontournable, l'audioguide recrée parfaitement l'ambiance et permet de bien s'imprégner du lieu. La vue depuis l'île sur la ville est juste phénoménale.
Papy titi
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Visited in october 2018
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Visite impressionnante,
il faut prendre son temps pour mesurer la "chose"
Ce bâtiment sur cette île, les conditions de vie, les personnage qui y ont vécu ..... tout cela concoure a créer une ambiance incroyable
HarmoB
5/5
Visited in july 2017
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Cette visite est indispensable pour un séjour parfait à San Francisco. Grâce à l'audioguide on est à 100% plongé dans l'histoire d'Alcatraz. Une expérience unique à ne pas manquer!
OLIVTRAVELS
4/5
Visited in march 2017
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Endroit important à voir
Prix plus ou moins cher selon les gens
Accessible en bateau et mieux vaut réserver en avance
Ladygaby
4/5
Visited in august 2017
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Alcatraz est accessible en 15 minutes de bateau depuis San Francisco. Le billet de la visite comprend un audio-guide, très pratique pour mieux comprendre l'histoire de cette célèbre prison. On est plongé dans le temps et dans cet univers carcéral tout au long de la visite.
TotallyChacha
5/5
Visited in june 2017
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A faire absolument, et pour de multiples raisons !
Premièrement, la vue que l'on a du rocher sur la baie de San Francisco est magnifique. Pour peu qu'il n'y ait pas de nuages sur le Golden Gate Bridge, vous aurez un point de vue remarquable sur le célèbre pont rouge.
Deuxièmement, l'audio guide en français est très bien fait. On est très vite plongé dans l'ambiance de cette prison qui a vu passer derrière ses barreaux des pointures de la mafia tel que Al Capone.
FCJ
5/5
Visited in september 2016
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Endroit mythique et incontournable de San Francisco. La visite de cette prison était top et la traversée en bateau également. Pensez à réserver car beaucoup de monde.
olivier
5/5
Visited in april 2017
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Pour moi le top des visites de San Francisco, pour les adultes et les enfants (10 et 13 pour les miens).
cadilad
5/5
Visited in september 2016
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Exceptionnel ! !! La visite vaut vraiment la peine si vous prenez l aduioguide ! Vous aurez droit à toutes les anecdotes de la prison et au même prix alors pourquoi s en priver. Je vous conseille de réserver car tout est souvent complet des jours à l'avance. A faire sans hésitation !
tomg75
5/5
Visited in july 2016
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Visite très bien organisé et avec des informations intéressantes. Visite incontournable de San Francisco

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