With your voucher in hand, make your way to the San Francisco Dungeon, located at 145 Jefferson Street in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood of San Francisco. Opening hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission is issued 60 minutes prior to closing time); timed entrances are offered on the hour and half hour.
Make your way inside to experience nine live actor-led shows that showcase different eras of San Francisco, from the Gold Rush to the Barbary Coast to Alcatraz. Listen to storytelling, see vibrant sets, appreciate the detailed costumes and really immerse yourself in San Francisco history.
Your ticket also includes a ride on the Escape Alcatraz drop ride.
As visitors depart the popular Ghosts of Alcatraz scene they’re marched through a dimly lit corridor into a stark and foreboding and immersive processing room. Realistic prison set pieces and props, including posters of prisoners and the prison’s rules, surround them as they’re fingerprinted and processed as prison inmates by a grim and not-so-friendly guard. As is true with all Dungeon shows, visitors will also learn a bit of true history surrounding 1915 Alcatraz and its infamous past.
Next, prisoners are shuffled out to the desolate prison yard where they find themselves joining an escape attempt as a storm rages above. Cue the sirens, barking dogs, shouting guards, and the scream of bullets flying past. Searchlights sweep across the faces of trapped prisoners who...desperate to escape The Rock... now face a jump... into the deathly San Francisco Bay... and DROP! Lucky prisoners successfully Escape Alcatraz and complete their journey through The San Francisco Dungeon with the option of taking home a souvenir photo of their surprised and exhilarated faces on the drop ride experience upon exiting through the gift shop.
Elaborate sets with simulated grass and foliage create an authentic re-creation of an Alcatraz cliff complete with barbed wire on aged wooden supports, sooty brickwork, and splashes of mud. Sounds of distant thunder, sea gulls, sea lions, crashing waves, and the hum of the prison echoes around a room filled with the smell of briny sea air. Detailed prison guard costumes, sharp and irreverent script writing, and hilarious visitor interaction and engagement make the show and build-up to the (optional) drop ride that much more genuine and thrilling.