The San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, CA

145 Jefferson StSan Francisco, CA 94133
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The San Francisco Dungeon in San Francisco, California


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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Provo, Utah
"Fun for the kids "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 06, 2019 NEW
Buy your tickets only and save some money. My 10 year old wanted to do this. I was hoping it would have been a little more informative regarding the history during that time. It was more of just actors thing to tell you in a silly/scary way how things may have been. It really has the potential to be amazing if they actually brought in more dark factual history during that era. The kids loved it and so it was a fun memory for them. The ride at the end was just a small drop. Nothing big at all.
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Coos Bay, Oregon
"Don't pay extra for the drop ride!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2019 NEW
Over all this was a fun live action show full of interaction with the guests. You are immersed into the show and some lucky guests even become part of it. I would not recommend for small children or people who are truly scared easily. It is a walk through attraction with a large group that is guided by your many different hosts. You travel short distances and then stand or sit depending on the scene. You are entertained by actors and then you move onto the next part of the story. Over all the theming is done well and so are the actor's costumes. Once you make it to the end they give you the option to opt out of the drop ride if your too scared. just fyi I'm almost certain the snoopy drop at Knott's Berry Farm is far more of a drop than this is. with that being said don't pay extra for the ride. If it is included go ahead and do it as it has some theming to it but it is literally a real letdown, no pun intended.
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Portland, Oregon
"Okay 🤷🏼‍♂️"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2019 NEW
It was okay, we went on a Sunday night. Second to last show, the actors definitely wanted to go home. Bad actors, story lines weren’t good at all. I did this in Amsterdam it was almost identical, just focused around San Francisco history. The drop at the end was so lame, I was expecting more of a tower of terror drop or something scarier.. nothing but darkness. Plus, the girl getting us ready to take the drop had literally the worst body Oder. It’s just okay, I wouldn’t recommend spending money here with the actors we got. 👎🏼
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Emeryville, California
"Scary fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
This is a great show that I’ve attended with people of all ages. It’s a little scary, but informative, entertaining, and funny. They have also added a drop ride at the end. Unfortunately the boat ride wasn’t working the last time we went, but hopefully they’ll fix it before you go! Swing by In ‘n Out and Krispy Kreme doughnuts on your way out :-)
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Something to Do... "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019
Fun time. My teams did not think it was scary at all. Quite expensive as a walk in. it was only worth it because we packaged it with Madame Tussauds- the online price makes it ok.
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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.