Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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  • Address: San Francisco, CA 94133, United States, 94133
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-4155614900
  • Ticket Price: 30 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Island, Garden, Landmark, Walking Area, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites
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About Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

The Alcatraz Island, a.k.a, the Rock, is an infamous historical prison island, built in 1868. Many famous people have been imprisioned here, and it played an important role in American history, so much so that it was declared as a National Historic Landmark. The places of interest on the island include the Former Military Chapel, Baker Beach, Building 64, the Boat Dock, the Lighthouse, the Main Lighthouse, the New Industries Building, the Officers Club, the Wardens House, and the Main Cellhouse. The island is also the natural habitat to Californian Slender Salamanders, Black Crowned Herons and Western Gulls. Migratory birds use the numerous cliff tops for the breeding and roosting. Also to see are the historical gardens planted by the family of the resident defence personnel, and especially the almost extinct Welsh Rose.

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Alcatraz Island Information

  • Ticket prices depend on tour timings and age. It’s more expensive in the night.
  • Visitors must reach the island through ferry rides from Pier 33 on Fisherman’s Wharf, operated by Alcatraz Tours.

Alcatraz Island Ticket Prices

  • The ticket prices depend on the tour operator you choose.
  • The ticket prices for Day tours and night tours are variable.
  • Approximate ticket prices: Adult (18-61): 31, Junior (12-17): 31, Child (5-11): 20, Senior (62+):30, Toddlers (0-4): Free

Alcatraz Island Opening and Closing Hours

  • Departure times are after every 20 minutes from 9 pm to 1.30 pm.

How To reach Alcatraz Island by Public Transport

  • Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Bay

Restaurants Near Alcatraz Island

  • Greens
  • Alioto’s Restaurant
  • Kokkari Estiatorio

 

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  • Awesome experience to finally be able to walk on the island. Highly recommend you do this if you are planning on going to the area. Be sure to get your tickets online way in advance, as far out as possible if you can, to insure you are able to go. Loved being inside and going on the guided tour and learning about all the behind the scene things. Great photo opportunities from many locations on the island.

  • Well run establishment with an expertly made audio tour that was informative and enjoyable. Be sure to check with the staff regarding the days events before you set off exploring as some sections are closed until they are opened by park authorities. No food or drink (except water) is sold or to be consumed on the prison premises except the landing area. There are also many volunteers who maintain the garden grounds who also have some knowledge about the history. If you are lucky, an ex inmate of Alcatraz can be found in the gift shop signing books and taking questions. Excellent resource while he is still here.

  • Quite the surreal experience. As part of the "behind the scenes" tour, the tour guides were very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the island. From its days as a military prison to the American Indian occupation of the island in the 60's, the tour offers a detailed account into the brutal and bloody history of the island. The audio tour at the end, being narrated by former officers and inmates, brought the place to life as you walk along the halls of the former penitentiary listening to their various stories about the events in Alcatraz. Definitely a must see if you're in San Francisco.

  • If you make time for one tour while in San Francisco, make it this one. The interpretation is very well done and the content and pacing of the audio guide is spot on. Go ahead and skip the orientation spiel when you arrive and start walking up the hill to collect your audio guide when you disembark. That will help you avoid a massive line. The ferry ride is an added bonus and offers beautiful views of both the Rock and the city.

  • Really amazing! Great staff, great setup... And thanks so much to the brilliant staff member who took my wife and I completely off guard. (No pun intended) He was refreshingly true to himself and so knowledgeable about Austin, Texas! Thanks for being genuinely genius!

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