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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"Hokey but Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
The two other people in my group enjoyed this much more than I did. I don't like haunted houses or drop rides so keep that in mind as a context for this review. When we arrived, there was no staff member to take our tickets, so we ended up waiting what felt like endlessly for someone to even tell us when the next 'showing' would be. After waiting about 30 mins, we entered the experience. The first area was a photo opportunity, which I'm not a huge fan of, and took a long time to get through the whole group. You then go through different rooms where you 'learn' about San Fransisco's darker history. To be honest, I don't think they did a great job of telling the history or entertaining the audience but there were a few creepy jump scares (especially in 'Alcatraz'). The boat section was closed during my visit which was disappointing. Finally the drop ride is only about 2 stories high, so even the weeniest can probably do the ride. But if you don't want to, they allow you time to opt out. (I will add that they did turn away quite a few people due to being too large so I think this is in reality designed for kids). Of course at the end our photo from the drop was funny and we wanted to buy it, but there wasn't a soul around to take our money. Oh well! All told, if you've got a sightseeing pass and you're going to Madame Tussauds anyway, this is a cutesy attraction. Not a must see though.
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Kumi M
an airport somewhere!
"surprisingly fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2019 NEW
A friend was visiting from out of town so I decided it might be fun to check this place out. In the end, another local buddy came along too and we DID have a lot of fun. The actors were engaging and the scenes set in old San Francisco were amusing as well as educational. Definitely look online for the discount ticket to save a bit. No photos allowed inside but they do have a photo set up to separate you from some more cash.
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Camino, California
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2019 NEW
This was so much fun!!! Its an interactive way to learn certain aspects of history and it is seriously so much fun!
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Hazen D
Salt Lake City, Utah
"Fun way to learn"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2019 NEW
This was a fun, entertaining way to learn some of San Francisco’s darker history. Loved it. Would do it again
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Shawn B
"Check this one off the kids bucket list"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2019 NEW
My kids have been wanting to visit this attraction for years. We finaly made it. A little pricey but if you add the discounted ticket for the connected Madame Tuesuas wax museam it become a better deal. The Dungeon mixes in a history of San Francisco show with some scary interaction.
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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.

What are the hours of operation?
The San Francisco Dungeon is typically open:
  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Hours of operation are subject to change.