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Alcatraz at California


Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California, 94133
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Alcatraz Island - San Francisco's Famous Prison

You can almost feel the desperation of the inmates when you visit "The Rock" – perhaps the most famous prison in the world. Located 1.5 miles away from shore and accessible via ferry, Alcatraz Island in San Francisco is a popular destination for tours. Listen to the stories of prisoners, see the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, tour early military fortifications and admire wildlife along with the view.


Hours -

8:45AM - 3:50PM (earliest & latest ferry departure times)

Prices -

$30 adults, $28.25 senior (62+), $18.25 child (5-11), free toddlers (0-4)


  • Narrated tours
  • Video presentations
  • Ranger and docent tours
  • Historic gardens
  • Wildlife and scenery

Alcatraz Prison Tours

Discover several different tours of the prison, starting with Early Bird tours for morning people. Day tours feature a 45-minute audio presentation and orientation video, while night tours give you a different perspective of the attraction. You can also combine the trip with a tour of nearby Angel Island.

Alcatraz Cruises

You’ll need to board a ferry to visit this famous landmark. Alcatraz cruises depart throughout the day from Pier 33 on the San Francisco waterfront. Purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible, as they tend to sell out during busy seasons.


  • Why is Alcatraz called “The Rock”?

    Because it is basically just a large rock off the coast of San Francisco, with no plant or animal life around. Desolate and barren, it is the perfect setting for a prison.
  • Is there a night tour?

    Yes! For night tours, you’ll take the last ferry at 3:40PM. Atmospheric, intimate and downright creepy, these dark tours feature a boat cruise around the island, special programs and views of the city skyline at sunset.

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