Alcatraz Island

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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

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Alcatraz Island

  • 95% of people who visit San Francisco include Alcatraz Island in their plan

  • 64.37% of people start their Alcatraz Island visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Alcatraz Island

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

91.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Alcatraz Island

People normally club together Golden Gate Bridge and Fishermans Wharf while planning their visit to Alcatraz Island.

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  • Fun interesting historical tour of a great location. The way they do the tour is pretty good because stay on the island or as long as you like and they have boats leaving every 15 or 30 minutes. Up till 6:30 at night I believe. My only complaint is the way they do the audio tour in the cell blocks. I wish you could kind of skip around. But it's just play and pause and you have to go in order. But other than that it's it's great. Lots of informative people to help you along the way.

  • Went with my family for spring break. They first took us on a ferry ride to get to the island. We stood outside on the deck for takeoff and it was so chilly! Loved every minute of it though. You get to see both bridges on the bay - it's lovely. The view from the island overlooking San Francisco Bay is gorgeous! The jail cells are the most interesting part of the tour. They give you audio tapes to listen along while walking around the jailhouse. There are gift shops all over the island. Pricey but expected.

  • Definitely follow the direction and enter the mail building via the showers so you pick up your tour guide headphones. THe recording guides you through the jail and you can pause and reflect wherever you want. Lots to see. I spent 3 1/2 hours here. Lots to learn, see, watch and reflect on the people that lived and work here, and the inmates and escapees! The gardens are beautiful and there is surprisingly a lot of wildlife on the island including some beautiful birds, and a great view of the city of SF and golden gate bridge!

  • This is cool too see once. The ferry to and from is lovely. Definitely book your ticket in advance if you would actually like to go during your visit. Arrive early, especially if you would like to be in the shade while you wait in the midday sun. The tour itself is fine. The audio tour is very detailed, but drags on slowly at some points. And you can't just skip to the next stop. I have visited many sights with this type of self-employed guided tour, and this was probably a least favorite. But, the narration by different members of the Alcatraz community is very interesting. There isn't a lot of posted information to read, so the audio tour is the only real source of information in the prison. The grounds are lovely, with beautiful flowers.

  • Definitely one of San Francisco's must do attractions. Whilst you do feel a bit like a sardine on the way over you're free to wander around at your own pace with really well done audio guides available in various languages which you can pause at any point. Apart from discovering this islands notorious history, regale yourself with unique panoramic views of the city and bay area. Once you're done with the tour there are frequent boats back to the main land throughout the day.

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