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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Joplin, Missouri
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
It was kind of like a mix between a spook house, a comedy show, and a historical tour. It was pretty cheap and an absolute blast. I want to go again already. I would be careful bringing kids. My wife and I commented several times that our young children probably would have been too scared to enjoy it.
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
"Given a choice of another tourism spot, i'd think twice..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
If I only had time to do one thing, and this was one of them, i'd probably choose the other! It was fun, and the actors were great at getting the audience involved. I did retain a bit of history, which was great, but it did drag on a little. The drop was NOT a ride, it was fit for a 2 year old. Bit of a waste of time to be honest, may be ok for kids?
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"Exciting Thrill"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018 NEW
A thrilling hour-long walk through San Francisco's dark history. The actors did a great job, and the drop at the end was a fun end!
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
"Fun family entertainment -excellent value"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2018 NEW
We booked online and save $10 and visited before 2pm. there was only a few of us doing it at this time. the show last just over an hour and found it very well done and comparable to the Edinburgh and London dungeon. The props and actors were excellent and it gave us a bit of history of San Francisco. enjoyed the little boat ride. the Alcatraz drop was ok- a bit predictable and felt a bit short but over wise felt was a good over all experience.
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Julie E
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
So I researched this online and it sounded fun! I looked at the restrictions and it sounded like we all were fine to go in my group. We bought tickets online......during our tour we were on the boat and there was a fire alarm that went off. we were led outside and waited across the street with an actor. Finally after the fire department determined there wasn't a fire, we were led back into the boat to where we left off. We got to the drop ride which is the part I was most excited about. They told everyone if anyone had health issues or were "healthier eaters" then they couldn't ride. I'm a little overweight but I didn't think anything of it. We got in the seats.....pulled the bar down. It locked. They guy came through and checked the row of riders and made sure all of them were locked, including mine. Yay! Time to ride. Nope-a few minutes later he came back and told me "I'm going to have to ask you to get off due to safety reasons." I was in shock! I'm too fat for it?? He unlocked my bar and I grabbed my stuff and left. I was mortified! The rest of the row just looked at me. I went out and two girls that were trying to sell me my picture were shocked that I couldn't ride. How does one know if they are too fat? I don't understand. There were guys in there that had bigger waists than me (they were in a few rows behind me). I was soooo embarrassed. I instantly wanted to cry. They need to have a sign posted that says "if you are even mildly overweight, you may be asked to leave." If I would've seen that I would've declined the ride because I wouldn't want the humiliation that goes with being told to leave in front of people. I'm going to include a photo of me taken the day before-so if you are overweight at all-you'll probably be asked to leave-even if the bar locks! I'm now going home and stressing about my appearance. I feel awful about myself. Self esteem has been shot. I've never had an issue with not being able to ride a ride. I was shocked I had to be unlocked and told to leave and yet the bigger guys were allowed to stay a few rows back (I was in the front). If you search the ride online there's photos of a lady way bigger than I am on it! I included that photo here also. The one thing I will say is that the actors were very good. They made me giggle.
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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.