The San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, CA

145 Jefferson StSan Francisco, CA 94133
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Embark on a 60-minute journey through San Francisco’s past in this interactive experience. You never know what will happen next as you interact with actors and visit different eras in San Francisco history. From the gold rush to Alcatraz, you’re in the middle of it all. Conclude your experience with the Escape Alcatraz Drop Ride. You’re not learning about San Francisco’s history — you are history!


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The Dungeon, a historical and theatrical attraction popular in Europe, opened their first ever North America attraction in San Francisco during the summer of 2014. The hysterically horrible engaging stories take the visitor through 9 live actor led shows as they experience reenacted scenes from the colorful Gold Rush era to authentic tales about the Barbary Coast criminal gangs, Alcatraz, the Shanghai kelly boat show and more. The ultimate live action expedition! Through a storytelling journey, vibrant sets, authentic costumes and detailed make-up, The San Francisco Dungeon sheds a whole new light on San Francisco’s rich and authentic history. San Francisco’s unique background makes it the perfect location for the launch of the first-ever North America Dungeons Attraction. Located in San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf, this unique experience will highlight 200 years of San Francisco’s colorful past with dramatic and theatrical story storytelling. The San Francisco Dungeon will guide visitors through theatrical sets on a walk-through journey.

Location: 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA 94133
Hours: Open 365 days a year. hours vary
Time: Approximately 1 hour

The recommended age for The San Francisco Dungeon is 10 years and above. Many children enter The San Francisco Dungeon and enjoy the experience, but please be aware it does get very dark inside the building and there are lots of loud noises. Children under 4 will not be admitted. Please be advised you may get wet.

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Anne J
"Scarily good"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
A great attraction, we had so much fun. Just as good as the London Dungeon. There are some jumpy bits and you do get picked on (three times for me!) but it's a real good laugh.
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Boston, Massachusetts
"Fun way to spend an hour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2018
This is an interesting attraction. It was part haunted house and part comedy. You proceed as a group through multiple scenes with live actors. Some are intended to be scary and some are funny. I preferred the funny ones and liked the courtroom the best. The scary ones are not terribly scary. The sets are pretty detailed and well done. The actors are pretty good and have a lot of clever lines. Each scene is about 5-10 minutes. A lot of scenes have full darkness and there is a part where you have to navigate completely in the dark using a rope handrail. If you get uncomfortable with no light, this might not be for you. There are times when people are singled out to be locked in a cell or be accused of a crime by a judge. If you don't like being singled out, this might not be for you but everyone in our group seemed to be ok with it and some enjoyed it. The "rides" in the attraction are not even carnival level. There is a very, very brief boat ride in the dark. There is also a drop ride at the end. The people working the drop ride were a bit cranky. I was slightly absent-mindedly swinging my legs and when the security woman came to check my bar, she accused me of trying to kick her which was literally the furthest thing from my mind. I was surprised and put off at the accusation. The drop ride is maybe two stories and nothing too scary. They build it up to be something more than it is. Really the best part was the live actors and the various scenes. At $20 per person, it was a fair price to pay for the entertainment.
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Weston, Wisconsin
"Take a Pass"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 06, 2018
We read the reviews and the website...very uncertain what all the hype is about. The “boat ride” consisted of sitting in a boat and skimming across the water maybe a foot. The drop ride is an absolute joke. I don’t know if there was supposed to be more to it and they just robbed us out of it but it seemed like it only went up half as high as it was supposed to, once, and that was it. Definitely not worth the time or money spent. Ideal audience is possibly pre-teens/teens but even at that my kids would be bored with the “boat ride” and “thrill ride”.
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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
"An unexpected good time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2018
This place was on our Go San Francisco card and was “included” so we decided to go in... unsure what to expect as it was labeled “scariest and funniest attraction” (weird to see those descriptors together)... but it was very well done. Good actors throughout with great crowd interactions. There were a couple of scary parts but indeed some very funny parts as well. We had a great time and would recommend - especially for teenagers. (Scary for young children)
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Lisa D
"Doesn't live up to the hype."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2018
This was such a waste of time and money. We kept waiting to be frightened, but it didn't happen. The acting was pretty terrible, particularly Miss Piggott's saloon and the plague. We hoped that the big drop at the end would make it all worth while, but that too was just lame. We wanted it to be good, but it simply wasn't.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The San Francisco Dungeon

Is parking available at the San Francisco Dungeon?
Yes. There is plenty of parking available around Fisherman’s Wharf, particularly on Beach Street.

How long is the entire experience?
From start to finish, guests enjoy a 60-minute immersive experience in the dungeon.

Is this attraction recommended for kids?
The San Francisco Dungeon is recommended for children above the age of 10. Please be advised that certain aspects of the experience are dark, scary, and can be frightening to children. If you and your family need to leave the attraction at any point, please speak to one of the actors.

To participate children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a person 18 or older at all times. Guests 14 or older may enter unaccompanied.

Is the attraction wheelchair accessible?

Some areas of the attraction are not wheelchair accessible, such as Shanghai Kelly. It is recommended that individuals requiring a wheelchair, mobility assistance, or are pregnant do not participate in the attraction.

Are there any restrictions for Escape Alcatraz Drop Ride? 
Guest cannot ride if:

  • Under 5 years of age.
  • Under 45'' in height.
  • Over 79" in height.
  • Cannot be secured by lap-bar.
  • Unable to hold on or sit up straight unassisted.
Children between the ages of 5-10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
To ride without an adult you must be 55" tall and at least 10 years of age.